It’s the end of the year, and just as before, AMD has released another major update its Radeon graphics drivers. In keeping with last year’s Adrenalin theme (and the year before), the new major update is simply and uncreatively known as the Radeon Adrenalin Software 2020 edition.
As it is with all major updates, the Radeon Adrenalin Software 2020 edition comes packed with updates to several currently existing features, as well as the addition of new and demanded features. For a start, the driver’s installer has been revamped and redesigned and now sports a “one-click” setup and installation process that AMD says is 34% faster than the previous Radeon software drivers.
Moving forward, AMD has also given the layout of the app a substantial facelift. It looks both more animated and interactive, and more importantly, it has a more modern feel to it. When active, gamers using Radeon GPUs can see their last played game, the top-four titles they’ve been playing frequently, and whether their Radeon drivers are up-to-date.
On a related note, AMD says that it has designed the app to adapt to the situation, switching between a desktop mode and an in-game Home screen for when they’re playing any games.
Beyond the app’s new layout, Radeon Adrenalin Software 2020 also introduces Integer Display Scaling to the masses. Similar to NVIDIA’s own Integer scaling, the feature is designed to sharpen up the look of retro or classic titles on display with higher resolution. Including titles such as Blizzard’s Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.
The latest and most innovative feature that comes with Radeon Adrenalin Software 2020, however, is Radeon Boost. To put it simply, the feature was made to increase in-game performance – specifically, in fast-motion scenarios – while still retaining the current resolution. If this all sounds vaguely familiar to some of you, it is probably because the feature is clearly AMD’s response to, yet again, NVIDIA’s own ultra-low latency mode that was released back in August this year.
Last but not least is AMD Link. First introduced with the launch of Radeon Adrenalin 2019 last year, AMD has since updated the app’s UI, giving a much cleaner and streamlined design. Much like the new Radeon Software app itself. Additionally, AMD has also added 50Mbps support for ultra bit-rate and x265 game streaming from the PC to the phone.
On that note, the biggest improvement to AMD Link now allows game remote game streaming from PC to a mobile device. Nullifying the previous requirement for both devices to be connected to the same network, thus allowing gamers to stream their favourite games from wherever they are in the world.
Needless to say, just how steady your stream is from your PC at home to your mobile device will depend on your mobile connectivity or area’s Wi-Fi strength. In short, your mileage may vary.
The AMD Radeon Adrenalin Software 2020 Edition driver is now available for download. If you’re already using a Radeon graphics card, you should receive a prompt to download it. If you’ve just bought the latest Radeon RX 5700 series graphics card, you can download the drivers from AMD’s official driver support page.
In regards to AMD Link, do note that only the Android version of the new update will be available today, while the iOS version will roll out from 23 December onwards.