The newest batch of driver updates have been released for AMD GPUs, bringing many of the modern GPU SKUs from the popular manufacturer to a more stable and better-performing state. These latest drivers are classified as version number 19.4.1, and are part of the Adrenalin line of software produced by AMD.
It’s a relatively simple update, mostly just iterating on the previous 19.3.1 software by fixing some stability issues. The 19.4.1 driver fixes various issues such as an an intermittent crash or application hang when MSAA is enabled in World of Warcraft patch 8.1.5 or later. Of course there’s some graphical problems that have been addressed too. For example, there were issues with rendering on RX Vega platforms that have now been corrected.
Other issues that were fixed include problems with overclocking in Radeon WattMan software not applying correctly, as well as an ongoing problem with the mouse cursors on some mobile processors. Check down below for the patch notes.
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.4.1 Driver
- AMD Radeon VII and Radeon RX Vega Series graphics products may experience system instability, or an intermittent system hang when three or more displays are connected and enabled at the same time.
- World of Warcraft™ patch 8.1.5 or later may experience an intermittent crash or application hang when MSAA is enabled.
- Mouse cursors may disappear or move out of the boundary of the top of a display on AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics.
- Radeon WattMan auto overclock may fail to raise engine clocks past default levels on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.
- Vari-Bright changes may fail to apply on some AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics system configurations.
- World of Tanks™ may experience intermittent graphical corruption when game settings are set to minimum on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.
- AMD Radeon VII may experience screen flicker in multi display setups on desktop or while applications are running.
- Netflix™ Windows® Store application may experience display flicker during video playback on some HDR enabled displays.
- Performance metrics overlay and Radeon WattMan gauges may experience inaccurate fluctuating readings on AMD Radeon VII.
- Performance metrics overlay may experience intermittent flicker when playing back protected content with this feature enabled.
Get the latest drivers from AMD of course. I recommend using their auto-detect utility to grab the correct drivers for your setup. Although there is a case to be made for getting them from the manufacturer of your card.
When new GPU product lines are created, by either AMD or Nvidia primarily, these companies will produce a “reference” design with a basic PCB and cooler setup, which is primarily meant as a baseline for performance and technical specs. Other manufacturers will then build their own iterations on these reference cards by tweaking various aspects. So a new cooler, increased core counts, more memory or different clock speeds are all on the table for these tweaked versions released by the likes of ASUS, MSI, EVGA and many more. Sometimes, these third-party cards might not be supported by the official branch of drivers, so be careful, as a bad driver update causes huge problems.
Of course, if you’re using a non-standard part, like an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or one produced by a third-party, be sure to check their website for the latest drivers. It’s sometimes possible to use the latest drivers on third-party cards, but this can sometimes lead to issues with stability or software compatibility. There may also be warranty problems if you apply an unintended update to a piece of hardware, so keep that in mind.