A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about AMD seeking feedback from those who’ve been experiencing black screen bugs on Radeon graphics cards. While the issue largely affects those using Navi-based GPUs, there have been cases of the black screen (and other related) bugs being detected on older cards as well. Thankfully, AMD has apparently managed to get on top of the bulk of these, making the new Adrenalin 20.2.2 driver a must-download.
Given how long the black screen bug in particular has permeated, we were a little cautious about calling the new driver a success too quickly. After poring over social media and various forums, it does seem like this is one of the best bug-fix releases AMD has pushed out. We saw many people claim that their issues were fixed, with minimal hint that the bug still seriously plagues anyone.
Over at reddit, u/TaranoGuy wrote on their experiences with this driver vs. the previous one, and an older one. In some cases, performance even improves, although it also drops in others. Ultimately, fairly normal variations across the board, but if you are dealing with the black screen bug, you’re probably already waiting for the driver to install, because even if frame rates somehow were lost, that beats the heck out of hard crashing.
You can read all about which bugs are fixed below, and likewise see which ones weren’t over at the download page.
- Performing a task switch with some Radeon Software features enabled or some third-party applications with hardware acceleration running in the background may cause a system hang or black screen.
- Improvements have been made that allow for more responsive fan ramp up or fan ramp down times on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
- Performance Metrics Overlay and Radeon WattMan incorrectly report lower than expected clock speeds on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products during gaming workloads.
- When Instant Replay is enabled, a TDR or black screen may occur when launching games or applications.
- A black screen may occur when toggling HDR on in the game settings of Battlefield™ V.
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt™ may experience an application hang or black screen during certain parts of the game or intermittently during gameplay.
- Some video content in Chrome™ may appear as a black screen or be unresponsive on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products when hardware acceleration is enabled.
- Metro Exodus™ may experience an application hang or TDR when choosing some specific dialogue prompts in the Sam’s Story DLC.
- Grand Theft Auto™ V may experience an application crash when invoking Radeon Software’s overlay with third party OSD applications running.
- Monster Hunter World™: Iceborne may experience intermittent crashes while idle or on the character creation screen.
- Some games colors may appear washed out when HDR mode has been enabled in game and Windows® on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products
- After a Factory Reset installation with the ‘Keep My Settings’ option chosen, Instant Replay could fail to function if it was enabled in the previous Radeon Software installation.
- When invoking Radeon Software’s overlay while a game is open users may observe flickering in the game or in the Radeon Software interface.
- Radeon Software may experience a crash and error message when locking Windows® or performing a sleep or hibernate with the Radeon Software Streaming tab open.
- A loss of display with working audio may be experienced on a limited number of displays when performing a mode change on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
- Radeon Software may fail to launch if Radeon Software’s overlay is disabled and a game is running in the background.
- Battlefield™ V may experience an application hang or TDR after extended periods of play.
- Some Origin™ games may fail to be detected or may detect the incorrect game title in Radeon Software.
- Some productivity applications are being detected and listed in the Radeon Software games tab.
- The Radeon Chill hotkey could sometimes continue to remain enabled once the user has removed or disabled the hotkey.
- Red Dead Redemption™ 2 may exhibit blocky textures on snow covered terrain.
- After resuming from sleep, Chrome™ may experience an application crash if video content was previously playing on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
- Radeon FreeSync status in Radeon Software may sometimes fail to update when enabling or disabling the feature through the display itself.
- Fortnite™ may experience an application crash on Radeon RX 500 series Hybrid Graphics system configurations.
If you’ve been experiencing Radeon driver bugs, and give the latest driver a go, please let us know your experiences!