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Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.1 Review

Plenty of fixes but big issues still lingering.

On January 9th 2020 AMD released their Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.1 drivers that fixes some known issues while completely ignoring other issues such as black screen/signal loss, random crashes and system lock ups.

Support For

  • Monster Hunter World™: Iceborne

Fixed Issues

  • The audible beeps at game startup from Radeon Chill, Radeon Boost, and Radeon Anti-Lag have been removed. These features now offer audible indicators only when activated or deactivated via hotkey.
  • The Radeon ReLive on screen timer indicator during recordings has been disabled by default but can be enabled in Radeon Software settings.
  • Controls for vertical sync may be hidden or disappear when Radeon Enhanced Sync is enabled.
  • Radeon ReLive may experience freezing or pausing issues during recordings when a high resolution camera is connected and in use.
  • CPU usage may sometimes remain high once Radeon Game Advisor has been invoked during a game.
  • Some users may experience an error message “Another instance is running” during download of a software update through the Radeon Software home screen.
  • The DuplicateDesktop process may sometimes cause high CPU usage while a game is running.
  • Radeon Software may close or may experience a crash upon resuming from sleep.
  • The toast message detailing the hotkey to open Radeon Software’s Overlay may still show up in some games after Radeon Software Overlay has been disabled.
  • Lost Ark™ may experience stuttering intermittently during gameplay.
  • Using a custom stream key with Radeon ReLive may fail to stream your content.
  • The ‘Stream’ button may remain active when in the process of choosing a region to stream even when a region has not been selected or chosen.
  • Some Radeon R9 200, Radeon R9 300 and Radeon R9 Fury series graphics products may experience instability with a limited number of DirectX®9 or DirectX®11 games when using a high refresh rate 120hz+ display. A workaround if you are experiencing this issue is to lower your displays refresh rate.
  • Some mjpeg clips may experience a green tint on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products when using Windows® Media Player or the Movies & TV application.
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries™ may experience a game crash and DXGI dialogue error when running the game using HDMI and Radeon FreeSync display configurations.
  • Live streaming using the DouYu™ application with hardware acceleration enabled may cause video corruption on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Trials Rising™ may experience excessive fog/smoke in some areas of the game.
  • Missing text or corruption may be experienced in the right eye when playing the VR game Boneworks™.
  • Fixed result overflows that can be experienced with Radeon RX 5700 series when using [email protected]
  • The ‘Shop AMD Products’ button may open the AMD.com homepage instead of the proper shopping web link.
  • The scrolling arrow options may intermittently fail to work during Radeon Software installation.
  • Up and Down arrow keys don’t work when using the search bar in Radeon Software.
  • Enabling HDR enabled displays in Windows® may cause colors to become washed out.
  • Radeon Software sidebar appears behind the Windows® taskbar when the taskbar is set to the same side of your display.
  • Playing Tom Clancy’s: The Division 2™ with HDR enabled and performing a task switch may cause display color corruption that persists even once the game is exited.
  • Mixed Reality Portal™ may experience color corruption or distortion near the edge of viewing areas on some headsets.
  • Resident Evil™ 2 may experience screen flashing when launching the game using DirectX®12 API.

Known Issues

  • The Radeon Software Overlay hotkey notification may sometimes be displayed during video playback in web browsers or launching some video player applications.
  • Integer Scaling option is not showing up or available on some Windows®7 system configurations.
  • Factory Reset install may keep previously configured Radeon Software game profiles. This can cause mismatch between global graphics settings and per profile settings.
  • Text overflow in some UI boxes or toast messages may be experienced in some language localizations.
  • Radeon Software may open with an inconsistent size or may not keep its previously set size when opened.
  • Some Vulkan® gaming applications may crash when performing a task switch with Radeon Image Sharpening enabled.
  • Integer Scaling may cause some video content to show flicker when the display resolution is set to less than native resolution.
  • Some Radeon RX 5700 series graphics users may intermittently experience a black screen while gaming or on desktop. A potential temporary workaround is disabling hardware acceleration in applications running in the background such as web browsers or Discord.

Package Contents

The Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.1 installation package contains the following:

  • Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.1 Driver Version (Windows Driver Store Version 26.20.15011.5007)

Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.1

Shortly after posting my review of the Gigabyte Radeon RX 5700 XT Gaming OC, AMD released their Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.1 driver. This driver includes a bunch of fixes but does not mention anything in the fixes or known issues regarding issues so many AMD GPU users are dealing with. This driver is more stable than the previous driver however and if you turn off the fancy new features you should be able to play your favorite games.

If you click the Settings cog wheel at the top right of the Radeon software and then select graphics here you will want to be sure the options are set to standard. Standard turns off things such as Radeon anti lag, Radeon image sharpening and Radeon enhanced sync. You can leave FreeSync enabled if you like as I did during my testing without any issues.

Leaving the graphics settings on standard should allow you to play all your favorite games. I spent the weekend playing my library of games with this driver set to standard and everything was smooth with no black screens and fps seemed to be consistent again all except one game, Battlefield 5.

Clean Install of Drivers

Make sure your old drivers are not causing problems by using DDU. You can download the DDU tool at https://www.wagnardsoft.com/.

Battlefield V

If you are like me and like to jump in from time to time and play a few rounds of Battlefield 5. You will want to take a couple extra steps or you will still get black screens and random crashes. This is what worked for me. I first turned on DirectX 12 and then made sure future rendering was on, and finally I set a frame limit to 144 as that is my monitors refresh rate. The game is still not perfect doing these steps but at least the crashing and or black screen/signal loss issue is resolved.


The Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.1 is a step in the right direction but there is still a lot of work to be done to get these drivers in shape. I also think it looks bad on AMD for not even mentioning the black screen/signal loss issues so many of us are facing.

Charles Leverehttps://www.riverbankwebdesign.ca/
Charles Levere is the editor-in-chief (dork-in-chief) of Urban Dork. When he is not writing or tinkering with hardware, he is most likely playing one of his favorite video games. He also loves being near the water, kayaking, water skiing, or anything that gets him on the water and in the sun.


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