AMD has today released it’s latest “Hotfix” driver for some of it’s graphic card range. If you’re anything like me and running either Windows 8.1/Windows 10 and wondering why you’ve had poor graphics performance recently, then you probably need to look at applying their latest hotfix driver. The driver is not being pulled through automatically through AMD Crimson. Please check their website to see whether your card requires the hotfix before applying it.
If you’ve been getting stuttering on multi monitor setups, poor performance in games like Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront or Assassin’s Creed then this latest hotfix should start to fix some of these issues.
To download the latest driver, go to the following link and select either the 32 bit, or 64 bit version depending on what version of Windows you are running (It’s on this page you need to confirm whether the hotfix is relevant to your card). Before you install, it might be an idea to run Display Driver Uninstaller from here and extract/run it. This will ensure that all previous traces of the driver are removed. We’ve shown you how to do this, just in case you need a helping hand. When you run the application, you will get the following warning message. You can simply click Yes to reboot into Safe Mode.
Once your PC has restarted don’t worry if your icons and Desktop looks bigger than normal, that’s absolutely fine. Display Driver Uninstaller will then load the following screenshot. To remove the driver, simply click “Clean and Restart”. This should take no more than a minute or two and then the machine will restart.
Nice and easy. Although I am finding it frustrating that AMD are not pushing these updates through Crimson automatically. Especially when they are fixing some quite serious issues with these so called hot fixes. It is worth checking the AMD website every few weeks to ensure you are running the latest version of the drivers and then repeating the instructions above. A full list of fixes and known issues are below, just so you can see exactly what has been fixed so far.
-  Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Building textures may be missing on some AMD Freesync™ displays with VSync enabled
-  Display corruption may occur on systems with multiple display systems when they have been left idle for some time
-  Mordheim: City of the Damned – some loading screens may be very dark
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront – The sky rendering may be corrupted in some situations
-  Radeon Settings – AMD OverDrive™ Power setting changes on the secondary GPU are not immediately displayed. This is seen only on dual GPU graphics cards, such as the AMD Radeon™ HD 7990 and Radeon™ R9 295×2
-  Radeon Settings – AMD OverDrive™ clock gauge needles for the secondary GPU may be in wrong position when the system is idle and the secondary GPU is inactive
-  Some games may experience brightness flickering with AMD FreeSync™ enabled
-  AMD Radeon Additional Settings window will close if the help button is pressed on Japanese/Korean language setups
-  Corruption seen in video playback for M2TS format files via Windows® 10 Movie & TV application
-  Flickering textures experienced in Dota 2 when accessing the “Heroes” menu
-  Battlefield Hardline – A crash may occur when changing graphics settings from “Ultra” to “High” during gameplay
-  The screen may turn dark and colors may be corrupted after installing the driver on some AMD Crossfire™ setups
-  Custom game profiles are reset to defaults after system is restarted
-  HDMI audio lost when monitor enters sleep mode and are woken up
-  Black line corruption seen all along the edges of characters and menus in Game of Thrones™
-  Fallout 4 – Flickering may be experienced at various game locations with the v1.3 game update and with AMD Crossfire™ enabled. The AMD Radeon™ Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1 Hotfix driver has been updated. Please download this driver once again and reinstall it to address this issue.
-  Far Cry 4 – Stuttering may be observed when launching the game with AMD Freesync™ and AMD Crossfire™ enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable either feature
-  Flickering may be observed while task switching with AMD Freesync™ enabled
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront – Some users may experience minor flickering or corruption at different game location or while viewing the in-game cinematics
-  A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved “In Game Overlay”
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront – Corrupted ground textures may be observed in the Survival of Hoth mission
-  Game stuttering may be experienced when running two AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2 graphics cards in AMD CrossFire™ mode
-  Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Corruption may be experienced if game is launched with AMD Freesync™ enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable AMD Freesync™
-  Fallout 4 – Foliage/water may ripple/stutter when game is launched in High/Ultra settings mode
-  Clock speeds may be seen to fluctuate during gaming on some AMD R9 Fury series products leading to poor performance and/or screen corruption
-  Just Cause 3 – Frame rates may be forced below 60 fps when VSync is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable VSync for this game.
-  The AMD Overdrive™ memory clock slider does not show original clock values if memory speeds are overclocked
-  Fallout 4 –Thumbnails may flicker or disappear while scrolling the Perk levels page
-  Rise of the Tomb Raider™ – Game may intermittently crash or hang when launched with very high settings and AA is set to SMAA at 4K resolution
- / Rise of the Tomb Raider™ – Flickering may be experienced at various game locations when the game is left idle in AMD Crossfire™ mode under Windows 7. A temporary workaround is to restart the game or disable AMD Crossfire™
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront – Flickering seen on the textured bar on battle/tutorial loading screen
-  Multi-monitor – Display corruption may be observed if the system is left idle. A temporary workaround is to restart the system. Users can also choose to revert to the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1 Hotfix driver available here here
-  Oculus/HTC Vive VR Multi-monitor – Display corruption or blank display may observed when starting a VR application. A temporary workaround is to restart the system and only use one monitor. Users can also choose to revert to the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1 Hotfix driver available here