Today we are releasing our mid-year update to AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, bringing with it a number of cutting-edge features to improve your experience, enhance gameplay and deliver support for the new Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards.
Improving Game Image Quality: AMD Radeon Image Sharpening
We all know how new and upcoming AAA titles can put a strain on graphics, especially those running at 4K resolutions and above. Gamers often reduce their resolution to improve the overall performance on some demanding titles. Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) is a new quality enhancement feature designed to provide gamers with stunning looking visuals even at those lower resolutions. This new technique, available initially on the new Radeon RX 5700 series graphics, takes an image and applies an intelligent algorithm to sharpen and upsample it, delivering a crisp image with virtually no performance penalty1. Gamers can now have the best of both worlds - amazing visuals they crave, and performance they need.
Improve Gaming Response Time: AMD Radeon Anti-Lag
In ideal conditions, when a gamer clicks on a key and the CPU registers the work, the GPU will render out the corresponding frame to the monitor at almost the exact same time. However, when the GPU is pushed to its limits, the CPU work gets queued up while it waits for the GPU to finish, which results in the gamer experiencing lag. We've developed Radeon Anti-Lag to better handle those requests coming in from the user so that they don't get queued up as often waiting for the GPU to complete its task. The result is a 31% average reduction in click-to-response times2, vastly improving the fluidity of gaming in these types of GPU bound scenarios.
We introduced this innovative feature a few years ago to reduce power consumption and noise while limiting the effect on performance, so users won't perceive any difference. Today's latest release takes it another step further by refining Radeon Chill to have display-aware tuning. Chill can now automatically set frame-rate caps to match your monitor's refresh rate, whether it's a static or adaptive FreeSync panel. By working within this range, gamers will get smooth gaming and power savings to boot, with up to 2.45x more savings than before.
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