AMD's Adrenalin 19.12.3 GPU driver fixes a litany of bugs for Radeon owners

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It didn't take long for AMD to push out an incremental update to its completely retooled Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 2020 driver package introduced last week. While the initial release brought with it an overhaul with a bunch of new and improved features, the new 19.12.3 update is entirely focused on ridding the software of bugs, helping your graphics card reach its full potential.

That's to say, there are no claimed performance benefits, as driver updates often bring to the table. In the absence of faster framerates, however, the 19.12.3 driver package fixes a litany of issues that could make things more stable, depending on what games you play, your particular setup, and which features you use.

There are two dozen fixes in all. They include:

  • Game and boost clocks may be incorrectly reported for Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics products in Radeon Software.
  • Radeon Software Install may experience an error and fail to detect AMD graphics hardware when a certain Wi-Fi adapter is enabled in the system.
  • Rocket League may crash or experience an application hang after performing a task switch.
  • A black screen may occur when Performance Metrics Overlay is open and changing game resolution.
  • After disabling Radeon Software Overlay users may still see the toast messages for the overlay shortcut while in fullscreen games.
  • Audio from custom scenes may continue to play after recording or streaming has been stopped.
  • Installer audio has been reduced as it was too loud on some system configurations.
  • Some users may be unable to select drop downs in graphics settings for Tessellation Mode.
  • Radeon ReLive may appear to be missing or not available to install on some system configurations with Hyper-V enabled.
  • Newly added game profiles may fail to enable the currently selected global graphics settings options in their profile.
  • Performing an auto update from web to Adrenalin 2020 Edition from Adrenalin 2019 Edition may fail with an error code.
  • Improved Radeon Chill experience when using a gaming mouse.
  • Switching between borderless and fullscreen in some games when Performance Overlay is enabled and Radeon FreeSync is enabled may cause stuttering.
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries may experience black corruption near the bottom of the screen close to the player model.
  • Radeon Anti-Lag may fail to enable for DirectX 9 applications when enabled in the global graphics settings options.
  • Radeon Anti-Lag may fail to enable for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
  • The custom stream option may fail to present users with a url box to choose their endpoint.
  • DirectML Media Filters may fail to apply Upscale and Denoise when attempting to do both at the same time on one image.
  • Some Radeon FreeSync enabled displays may experience LFC intermittently enabling mid game causing poor performance or stutter.
  • A grey box may prevent users from setting custom hotkeys in the scene editor.
  • Performing Auto Tuning for graphics clocks on Radeon RX 5700 XT may result in an extremely high OC or unstable OC.
  • Some games may experience instability and screen loss or control loss when performing a task switch when the Gaming profile is set in Radeon Software which enables Radeon Enhanced Sync.
  • Radeon Image Sharpening may fail to enable in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
  • HDCP 2.2 enabled content may fail to play on some Radeon RX 500 series graphics products.

That's quite the list of bugs, with fixes that run the gamut from simply updating from the Adrenalin 2019 release to the new Adrenalin 2020 version, to stuttering and crashing in certain situations. There's even a bug fix for an issue that was preventing Radeon hardware from being detected when a "certain Wi-Fi adapter is enabled."

While the list of fixes is long, there are still more than a dozen issues AMD is still working to correct. Here's a look at the known issues outlined in the release notes:

  • Some Radeon R9 200, Radeon R9 300 and Radeon R9 Fury series graphics products may experience instability with a limited number of DirectX 9 or DirectX 11 games when using a high refresh rate 120Hz+ display. A workaround if you are experiencing this issue is to lower your displays refresh rate.
  • Trials Rising may experience excessive fog/smoke in some areas of the game.
  • CPU usage may sometimes remain high once Radeon Game Advisor has been invoked during a game.
  • Factory Reset install may keep previously configured Radeon Software game profiles. This can cause mismatch between global graphics settings and per profile settings.
  • Text overflow in some UI boxes or toast messages may be experienced in some language localizations.
  • Controls for vertical sync may be hidden or disappear when Radeon Enhanced Sync is enabled.
  • Radeon Software may open with an inconsistent size or may not keep it’s previously set size when opened.
  • Some Vulkan gaming applications may crash when performing a task switch with Radeon Image Sharpening enabled.
  • Integer Scaling may cause some video content to show flicker when the display resolution is set to less than native resolution.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay may appear to lock frame rate at 60 fps when performing a task switch in or out of a game.
  • Battlefield V may experience an application hang when changing settings in game with Radeon Boost enabled on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Performing a resolution change while Radeon Software overlay is open may cause an application hang or TDR.
  • Enabling Radeon Image Sharpening on HDR enabled displays may cause colors to become washed out.
  • Mortal Kombat 11 may experience an application crash after the splash screen on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • SETI@Home may be provided incorrect results from Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.

There are enough issues to keep AMD's driver team busy, on top of the usual performance improvements that future releases will inevitably bring. At least the heavy lifting for the overhaul is done, though—more than just a facelift, the Adrenalin 2020 release added 20 new and/or updated features.

Follow this link to download the latest Adrenalin 2020 driver. You can also download it through the Radeon Software utility, but since it's an "optional" update, it may now show up if you have it configured to only fetch WHQL releases.

Lastly, be sure to see our guide on how to update drivers for more tips on best practices. 

Paul Lilly

Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD"*",8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).