Meet Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition: AMD Link mobile app, Radeon Overlay, and more

AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition update puts more power at your fingertips.

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Radeon Software Adrenalin upgrades: WattMan, ReLive, Radeon Chill, Enhanced Sync, and more

After all these words we’re only just now getting to the improvements inside the core Radeon Settings app itself. Radeon Software Adrenalin addition has something for everybody, with across the board upgrades for WattMan, Enhanced Sync, Radeon Chill, ReLive, FreeSync, and more.

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The Connect gallery in Radeon Software Adrenalin.

Most notably, Adrenalin adds a new central Connect tab to Radeon Settings. The biggest draw here is a Gallery section that serves as a hub for all the screenshots and videos you capture with ReLive. You’re able to sort through media types to quickly find the file you’re looking for, and upload your eye candy to various social services. Like YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, et cetera.

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The Connect accounts in Radeon Software Adrenalin.

To facilitate that sharing, the Connect tab’s Accounts section ties Radeon Software to your social networks.

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The Connect tab’s Resource Center in Radeon Software Adrenalin.

Resource Center, the final section in the Connect tab, serves as a fountain of knowledge for Radeon products, brimming with how-to guides and links to news on the Radeon website. AMD software head Terry Makedon says there are no plans to include ads or promotions in the Resource Center. (You can already find those on the Radeon Settings home screen.)

You may have noticed the Connect tab intertwines heavily with AMD’s ReLive tools, and ReLive itself sees some substantial quality-of-life improvements in Adrenalin—especially if you’re a streamer or video producer.

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The ReLive global settings now includes borderless region capture and the ability to toggle region hotkeys for streaming and recording.

ReLive now supports Chroma keys for webcams, so you can make the room behind you disappear if you have a green screen. A new chat integration overlay lets you show viewer discussions directly in your video feed. Display compatibility gets an upgrade too, with borderless region capture and support for games stretched across multi-monitor Eyefinity setups. Separate audio tracks for your mic and your game can help you step up your audio game.

On the performance side, ReLive now supports Vulkan-based games, and AMD has optimized ReLive’s already-sterling performance to reduce its minimal effect on in-game frame rates even further.

AMD’s Radeon Chill, the nifty technology that reduces your PC’s heat output and power draw by intelligently scaling down GPU usage when it isn’t needed, gets a massive shot in the arm with Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition. Previously, game support for Chill worked on a whitelist-style system: Only games that AMD tested and confirmed to work with the technology could use it. In Adrenalin, that shifts to a blacklist instead. Radeon Chill can be used with any Vulkan, DirectX 9, DX11, or DX12 game now, and AMD will ban a game only if it proves incompatible with the technology.

Huzzah! Chill works well, with little to no visual or responsiveness degradation in the games I’ve tried. Expanding its support from a few dozen popular games to the vast expanse of the PC gaming universe is welcome indeed, especially if you’re running a power-hungry card like Vega 64 or a wildly overclocked Radeon RX 580.

You still need to manually enable Chill in the global settings portion of Radeon Settings’ Gaming tab to use it. Afterward, you can head into individual game profiles in Radeon Settings—or use the Radeon Overlay—to enable or disable it for specific games, as well as set the minimum and maximum FPS boundaries for Chill in each game.

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Radeon Software Adrenalin lets you enable FreeSync on a per-game basis.

You can also enable or disable AMD’s FreeSync technology in specific games now, if you have a FreeSync-compatible monitor. I have no idea why you’d ever want to turn off FreeSync—the technology synchronizes the refresh rate of your graphics card and display to erase stuttering and tearing for buttery-smooth gameplay—but hey, you can now if you’re battling bizarre performance problems.

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Enhanced Sync was introduced in Radeon Crimson ReLive 17.7.2 over the summer. It minimizes screen tearing and increases responsiveness when you’re playing games—probably e-sports games like CounterStrike: Global Offensive—at ultra-fast refresh rates, similar to Nvidia’s rival Fast Sync. At launch, Enhanced Sync only worked with Radeon RX 400- and 500-series graphics cards. Adrenalin expands that to all GCN-based Radeon graphics cards (read: most Radeon cards going back to the HD 7000 series era in 2012). But that’s not all: Enhanced Sync now plays nice with Vulkan games, mobile Radeon GPUs, multi-GPU configurations, and multi-monitor Eyefinity setups.

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Saving and loading WattMan overclocking profiles comes in Radeon Software Adrenalin.

Adrenalin also adds the much-needed ability to save and load custom Radeon WattMan overclocking profiles, including profiles created by the community. Be careful with shared profiles, though: If you accidentally crank up your entry-level Radeon RX 550 with an overclocked Radeon Vega 64 profile, bad things could happen.

Other little niceties round out the package. They include:

  • Borderless windowed mode support in multi-GPU configurations
  • Vulkan support for FRTC; optimized compute profiles if you’re into data-crunching or GPU cryptocurrency mining
  • Radeon Software for Linux improvements
  • A star icon in the title bar that brings you to a Radeon Settings feedback page where you can voice your opinions or vote on new features
  • Three new interface themes if the stock Radeon Settings colors fail to tickle your fancy.

Bottom line and download link

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Add it all up and there’s a lot for Radeon graphics card owners to like. This update polishes the already-gleaming core of Radeon Settings and puts more control and information into the hands of gamers, without even the need to exit your game. Between Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition and the Red Team’s rapid-fire driver releases in recent years, AMD’s software missteps of the past are firmly in the grave. This is good stuff.

This story, "Meet Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition: AMD Link mobile app, Radeon Overlay, and more" was originally published by PCWorld.

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