AMD HAS NOT always been a firm you'd associate with good software support, but the firm has finally pushed out drivers to boost the performance for mobile Ryzen CPUs.
You might not have seen that many laptops with Team Red's processors, but rest assured they are out and about in the form of accelerated processing units (APUs) found in sect laptops from the likes of Lenovo and HP.
But while AMD touted graphical performance ahead of anything Intel chips could generate with the APUs tapping into integrated Vega M GPUs, the chips fell short.
And AMD relied upon its customers - ie computer and laptop makers - to push out its drivers to boost the stability and performance of its APUs.
This didn't appear to happen with much gusto. But now AMD is determined to provide graphics card drivers directly from its site, rather than from third parties like Microsoft or some dodgy website with the URL: "hacks4lyfe.com".
As such, the Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.3 driver now offers up to a 10 per cent hike in performance over its older driver and 17 per cent in eSports, for the competitive gamers among you.
That's hardly phenomenal performance but it's a step in the right direction for AMD, whose graphics card drivers haven't always won acclaim for being the best around, even AMD admitted it to us a couple of years ago.
But AMD has been beavering away to improve its driver support and add a lot more tools and features into its software.
We recently got our hands on a PC equipped with a first-generation Ryzen CPU and an AMD Radeon RX 590, and found that the driver software has certainly improved. We still feel a little bit of work could be done on the interface to make getting GPU information as a glance a bit clearer and less overwhelming to ahem 'non-pro' PC gamers.
Then again even Nvidia with its rather slick GeForce Experience still has some clunky interfaced hidden behind it, so we're not going to slam AMD too hard.
With the upcoming Navi GPUs, AMD has scope to further refine its software as well as introduce a fresh generation of GPUs to take the fight to Nvidia once again. µ
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