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AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Introduction

Author:Brent Justice

Editor:Kyle Bennett

Date: Tuesday , December 12, 2017

Another year, another AMD Radeon Software release! This year we move to something that hopefully get you AMD video card owners' hearts racing, Radeon "Adrenalin." AMD's GPU driver package has aged very well over the last few years adding a host of new features and Adrenalin is chock full of improvements and couple of new features as well.
It’s been a year since AMD released the AMD Crimson ReLive Edition driver in early December 2016. We performed a Driver Performance Review of this driver at the onset of 2017. It has been two years since the AMD Crimson Edition driver itself was released in November of 2015. In July of 2017 an update to the Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2 driver was also released.

We’ve been on the AMD Crimson Edition driver now for a while as you can see. AMD started this series of big yearly driver releases back in 2014 with the introduction of the AMD Catalyst Omega Driver. Ever since then, at least once a year there has been a big software release delivering better performance, and new features in drivers to improve the gameplay experience.

Move over Crimson, it is time for Adrenalin. Today AMD continues the streak of yearly large driver updates today’s release of the AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition driver. That spelling is correct, there is no "E" in this Adrenalin, as this driver takes its theme from the Adrenalin Rose. This new driver is all about improving the core components and features within the driver, and delivers a couple of new features to improve the gameplay experience.

This is not a specific "performance" driver, though since the last release of Crimson ReLive Edition performance has improved over time in games on AMD GPUs. In fact, AMD told us to never again expect a "performance driver," as it now stays on top of performance during the lifecycle of the driver set. Today we will introduce this new driver to you and all the new additions and features. In an in-depth follow up article we will test GPU performance over time to see how performance has improved for 2017 in regards to Polaris and Vega GPUs.