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AMD SmartShift Explained : Dynamic Power Distribution FTW!

AMD SmartShift Explained : Smart Power Distribution FTW!

At CES 2020, AMD announced their SmartShift technology that debuts in the Ryzen 4000 Mobile processors.

What is AMD SmartShift, and how does it work? Let’s find out!

 

AMD SmartShift : What Is It?

AMD SmartShift is a new technology that is being introduced with the new AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile processor family.

It can be simply described as a smart power distribution technique, to dynamically improve CPU or GPU performance with a limited power budget.

 

How Does AMD SmartShift Work?

In a typical laptop, the CPU and GPU each have their own pre-defined power budget.

The CPU and GPU will individually adjust their power consumption according to the load, using less power for a longer battery life, but never exceeding their power budget even when there is a need for more performance.

AMD SmartShift changes that by simply doing away with the pre-defined power budget, and using a shared power budget instead.

When you are running CPU-intensive tasks, it lets the Ryzen CPU take up more of the power budget, improving its performance.

But when you start up a game, AMD SmartShift lets the Radeon GPU take up more of the power budget, for better gaming performance.

Ultimately, SmartShift lets you squeeze out more performance from the CPU and GPU for a limited power budget.

 

The Performance Impact

According to AMD, SmartShift will deliver up to 10% better gaming performance, and up to 12% better content creation performance.

This was based on their internal tests using the AMD Ryzen 4800H mobile processor, coupled with the AMD Radeon RX 5600M GPU.

 

AMD SmartShift : How To Get It

AMD SmartShift is built into the new AMD Ryzen 4000 Mobile processor family, but also requires the laptop to have a separate AMD Radeon Graphics GPU.

It also works only with the recently-launched AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition driver.

 

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AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition Tech Report!

AMD just unveiled Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition – their next-generation software suite for Radeon graphics!

Here is our quick primer on the new AMD Radeon Software Adrenaline 2020 Edition!

 

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition

AMD released Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition a year ago, delivering a performance boost of up to 15%, as well as new features like PC-to-VR, mobile device streaming, and in-game instant replay.

Now, AMD is introducing the new Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition, which promises a new slew of improvements and features!

New Look + Feel

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition is a newly-redesigned application with a new look and feel designed to make it easier for users to access and use its functions.

The new Game Center allows users to launch games from a central location regardless of the online game store, adjust Radeon Software settings for each individual game, and track gaming and performance stats.

In addition, a new integrated web browser enables users to browse online for valuable game information, walkthroughs, video tutorials of Radeon graphics features, and more – without ever leaving the game.

Radeon Boost

The new Radeon Boost feature will deliver up to a 23 percent average performance boost during fast-motion gaming scenarios by dynamically reducing image resolution, to increase frame rates and fluidity, and bolstering responsiveness… with little to no perceptible change in image quality according to AMD.

Radeon Boost will be supported in numerous top games at launch, with additional titles added over time.

AMD Link

AMD Link now features an updated interface that matches the new desktop application look and feel.

The AMD Link mobile application now allows users to take game streaming to mobile devices outside of their homes, enabling high-quality PC gameplay on phones or tablets from anywhere.

Integer Display Scaling

The new Integer Display Scaling feature scales on-screen images from one pixel to four or more, giving classic games a retro, pixel-art style look with ultra-crisp scaling options for high-PPI displays without a performance penalty.

DirectML Media Filters

These are new visual noise reduction and upscaling filters that utilise machine learning to clean up photos and videos, to deliver better quality than traditional de-noise and upscale filters.

Radeon Image Sharpening

Radeon Image Sharpening now supports DirectX 11 games, and gives you the ability to control how much sharpness is applied. You can also toggle it on and off while in game!

Radeon Anti-Lag

Radeon Anti-Lag now supports DirectX 9 games for pre-RX 5000 series graphics cards. You can also enable it globally.

 

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition Availability

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition is available starting 10 December 2019.

 

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition Slides

Here is the complete set of slides for your perusal.

 

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The Red Dead Redemption 2 Troubleshooting Guide!

The Red Dead Redemption 2 Troubleshooting Guide will help you fix the many problems that gamers will face trying to play the new AAA title from Rockstar Games!

 

The Red Dead Redemption 2 Troubleshooting Guide!

Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC, one of the most promising AAA title of Q4 2019, has been wracked by severe launch issues.

In this guide, we will take a look at the biggest problems facing gamers trying to play Red Dead Redemption 2, and share with you the solutions!

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC : What’s New?

Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the best selling games in 2018, and the PC edition with enhanced graphics, uncapped frame rates, new content and a raft of enhancements has just been released!

  • Improved graphics, including support for 4K, HDR and higher frame rates!
  • Three new Bounty Hunter missions!
  • Two new Gang Hideouts!
  • Four new weapons for Story Mode!
  • Two new treasure maps!
  • Four new horses, and three new wild horse variants!
  • Five new trinkets with new effects!
  • New photo mode!

Recommended : Red Dead Redemption 2 PC : What You Need To Know!

Here are some online purchase options for PS4 and Xbox One :

Here are the online purchase options for PC :

We will have more PC purchase links up shortly.

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 : Known Problems

Here is the current list of known problems with Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC :

  1. Rockstar Games Launcher fails to initialise, with this error message

The Rockstar Games Launcher failed to initialize

  1. Rockstar Games Launcher gets stuck decrypting preloaded files.
  2. Rockstar Games Launcher crashes when you attempt to launch Red Dead Redemption 2, with this error message :

The Rockstar Games Launcher exited unexpectedly

  1. Rockstar Games Launcher crashes when being launched from Epic Games Launcher
  2. Rockstar Games Launch refuses to launch Red Dead Redemption 2, when initiated from Epic Games Launcher, with this error message

Unable to launch game, please verify your game data

  1. Rockstar Games Launcher refuses to launch Red Dead Redemption 2, with the error message :

Activation Required

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2 crashes with this error message :

Red Dead Redemption 2 exited unexpectedly

  1. Stuttering or freezing during game play due to CPU maxing out
  2. Sudden drop in frame rate (fps) during game play

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Solution Guide

Solution #1 : Update Your Graphics Card Driver

As we pointed out in an article we posted earlier, make sure you update your graphics driver :

  • AMD : Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.11.1 or newer
  • NVIDIA : GeForce Game Ready Driver 441.12 or newer

Recommended : Red Dead Redemption 2 : Use These AMD + NVIDIA Drivers!

Solution #2 : Disable Antivirus or Add To Whitelist / Exemption List

Antivirus software are apparently causing RDR2 to crash, especially during the intro / shotgun scene.

Either disable your antivirus software temporarily (not really advisable), or add Red Dead Redemption 2 to its whitelist or exemption list.

Solution #3 : Update The Rockstar Games Launcher

Rockstar just issued a v1.09.164 update to fix the many issues this buggy launcher was causing :

  • Close any running Rockstar game
  • Close the Rockstar Games Launcher
  • Restart the Rockstar Games Launcher, and let it update to v1.09.164 or newer

Solution #4 : Logging Out And Back Into Rockstar Games Launcher

The Activation Required error can apparently be solved by simply logging out of the Rockstar Games Launcher, and logging back in again.

Solution #5 : Clear The Rockstar Games Launch Profile Cache

But in certain situations, if logging out and back in again fails, you will need to clear your local profile cache :

  • In Rockstar Games Launcher, go to Settings > Account Information
  • Select Delete Local Profile (This will only delete the local cache. It will not delete your Social Club account or saved games)
  • Select Confirm
  • Sign into the Rockstar Games Launcher again

Solution #6 : Reduce Number Of CPU Cores

Red Dead Redemption 2 is apparently hogging the CPU, causing stuttering or freezing. A temporary workaround has been suggested – reduce the number of CPU cores it can use :

  • Right click on RDR2.exe in Windows Explorer
  • In the drop-down list, select Set Affinity
  • You will a list of available CPU cores. Uncheck one or two cores.

Solution #7 : Switch To DirectX 12

Generally, Vulkan will offer significantly better performance than DirectX 12. Where possible, you should enable Vulkan, instead of DirectX 12.

However, if you notice sudden drops in frame rate, try switching from Vulkan to DirectX 12. This will likely get fixed in a future graphics card driver.

Solution #8 : Lower The Graphics Settings

Rockstar appears to be overly optimistic about the system requirements of RDR2. NVIDIA ran their own benchmarks, and recommended these cards for 60 fps gaming instead :

So, if you are getting low frame rates, reduce the graphics settings. In particular, volumetric graphics and water quality settings.

 

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The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Revealed!

Unleash the full power of AMD Radeon GPUs with the new AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition! Get the full details here!

 

The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Revealed!

AMD just announced the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, the next generation of its software suite for AMD Radeon GPUs. It promises to deliver up to 15% better performance on average for today’s top game titles compared to last year.

The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition also enables streaming of PC-based games and video to mobile devices and is the first AMD solution designed to enable PC-quality streaming to standalone Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, delivering incredible VR experiences on millions of standalone VR devices.

PC-to-VR and mobile device streaming

AMD Radeon ReLive combines with the updated AMD Link mobile application and dedicated VR store application to enable streaming of PC-based games and video to standalone VR headsets as well as a wide selection of Android and iOS-based mobile phones and tablets via a home Wi-Fi network.

The new functionality provides low-latency, PC-quality experiences on mobile devices and standalone VR headsets, delivering brilliant colors and razor-sharp images.

In-Game Instant Replay

AMD Radeon ReLive now also allows them to revel in their victories instantly by viewing a five-to-30 second picture-in-picture style gameplay clip or by creating a five-to-30 second GIF without leaving the game.

The new scene editor provides more content creation tools to enable the editing of streams and captures as well as incorporating more content into streaming overlays.

Powerful Optimization Tools

New and updated user-friendly tools simplify gaming and system configuration such as Radeon Game Advisor which is a new intuitive, wizard-like tool that walks gamers through the process of tuning their games for the optimal mix of fluid animation and visual fidelity.

Radeon Settings Advisor automatically recommends system and display settings for the optimal gaming experience that can be deployed with a single click.

Updated AMD Link Application

The free AMD Link mobile application features a streamlined user interface, new driver upgrade features, enhanced Radeon ReLive gallery support and the ability to use natural language voice commands to control Radeon ReLive functionality and track performance metrics.

Improved Performance And Power Management 

AMD Radeon WattMan Technology now provides one-click controls for auto-GPU and memory overclocking and auto-GPU undervolting. The revamped AMD Radeon Chill power-saving tool delivers up to 20 percent more power savings in select titles.

Fluid, Responsive And Stunning Imagery

Enhanced AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR technology provides auto-tone mapping to deliver exceptional color contrast and visible detail consistently across FreeSync technology-supported displays.

In addition, the AMD Virtual Super Resolution feature now supports ultra-wide 21:9 displays.

 

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Availability

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition is available for download here.

 

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The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Tech Report

AMD has been on a yearly update cycle of Radeon Software, ever since they introduced the first version – Crimson Edition on 2 November 2015. This was followed by the Crimson ReLive Edition on 9 December 2016. On 12 December 2017, they introduced the third iteration – Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition.

In addition to enhanced performance, there are over 30 new or improved features in Adrenalin Edition. So join us for a tour of what’s new and what’s improved in the new AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition!

 

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition

The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition is named after the Adrenalin Rose, not the hormone adrenaline (also known as epinephrine). That’s Adrenalin without the e. The Adrenalin Rose is a rich velvet red rose with long thornless stems and deep green foliage.

Before we go into the details, here is a summary of the new features being introduced in Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition :

Radeon Overlay

Radeon Overlay allows gamers to fine-tune their game experience, and monitor, record and share their gameplay without ever leaving the game. It provides one-click access to Radeon ReLive, Performance Monitoring, Radeon Chill, Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC), Radeon FreeSync and Color settings.

AMD Link Mobile App

Available for Android and iOS platforms, the AMD Link is a mobile app that complements Radeon Software on the desktop, at home as a convenient second screen, or on the go. The AMD Link dashboard features streaming and replay with Radeon ReLive, GPU and PC performance monitoring, an AMD news feed, and notifications for new driver releases.

Improved Radeon Software Core Technologies

Radeon ReLive : Radeon ReLive now includes a chat integration feature that allows gamers to engage with their communities while streaming on Facebook, Twitch, Mixer, YouTube, Weibo and more.

Radeon Chill : With Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, Radeon Chill now supports games based on the Vulkan API, along with DirectX 9, 10, 11, and 12.

Radeon WattMan : With Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, custom GPU profiles can be saved, reloaded at a later point and shared with the Radeon user community

Enhanced Sync : With improved compatibility and an even wider field of view, Enhanced Sync extends its support to Vulkan API-based games, Radeon GCN architecture-based products, Multi-GPU and AMD Eyefinity Technology.

 

Operating System Support

The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition will support Windows 10 and Windows 7. AMD no longer supports Windows 8, but says that the Windows 7 driver works perfectly fine in Windows 8.

 

The Adrenalin Edition In Detail

If you want more in-depth details on Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, we split them up into separate sections :

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The Adrenalin Edition Performance Boost

The Adrenalin Edition is not meant to be a “performance driver update”. In fact, Terry Makedon was amused to read claims that AMD promised big performance update after the Adrenalin Edition name was revealed. That was probably because they mistakenly thought the name was based on the hormone adrenaline…

He clarified that performance optimisation is an on-going concern, with a focus on getting specific optimisations out in time for new game launches. There will be general performance optimisations that will be delivered over the year. But AMD won’t be holding back optimisations just to deliver a major driver update with large performance boost.

With that in mind, this chart does not show a sudden performance boost with Adrenalin Edition. Instead, it shows the cumulative performance gains since the last major release – Crimson ReLive Edition.

They also managed to reduce latency across the board in all DirectX 11 titles.

 

Borderless Windowed Multi-GPU Support

The Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition introduces a new Borderless Windows Multi-GPU Support, to complement the existing Fullscreen Multi-GPU Support.

 

Frame Rate Target Control Now Supports Vulkan

Frame Rate Target Control reduces GPU power draw by throttling it to maintain a 60 fps limit. It now supports Vulkan.

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Compute Profiles

Compute Profiles was released in an optional update a few weeks ago, and is now part of Adrenalin Edition. The Compute Profile optimises workloads on the GPU to deliver better compute performance for cryptocurrency mining.

In this example, they quoted a 15% boost in Ethereum mining performance with the Compute Profile over the default Gaming Profile on a Radeon RX 570 graphics card.

 

Radeon Software For Linux

AMD will start offering a single suite containing both open- and closed-source software stacks for Radeon Software. You will be able to choose between the consumer (AMDGPU) or workstation (AMDGPU-PRO) drivers, with the flexibility to mix-and-match open- and closed-source components.

AMD is working to deliver an open-source AMD Vulkan driver for Linux.

Next Page > Improved Core Radeon Technologies

 

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Improved Core Radeon Technologies

Radeon WattMan

The Radeon WattMan is the power management tool that doubles as an overclocking / underclocking tool. In Adrenalin Edition, custom GPU profiles can be saved, reloaded at a later point and shared with the Radeon user community

Radeon Chill

Radeon Chill saves power by dynamically regulating the frame rate based on your in-game movements. With Adrenalin Edition, Radeon Chill now supports games based on the Vulkan API, along with DirectX 9, 10, 11, and 12.

In addition, Radeon Chill now supports a lot more games. Radeon Chill used to work on a whitelist concept – it will only support games that have been profiled and tested. Thanks to improved algorithms and other changes, AMD is switching it to a blacklist concept.

With Adrenalin Edition, Radeon Chill will now work with all games. But if AMD discovers that Chill does not work properly with a certain game, it goes into the blacklist so Radeon Chill won’t run on it. Currently, there are no games in the blacklist.

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Enhanced Sync

Think of Enhanced Sync as pseudo-FreeSync, minimising screen tearing with non-FreeSync monitors. With Adrenalin Edition, Enhanced Sync is now enabled on all Radeon GCN-based graphics cards, and supports all Vulkan API-based games. They also added support for Multi-GPU and AMD Eyefinity Technology.

Radeon ReLive

Radeon ReLive now has a Connect section, which serves as a control center for your Radeon ReLive video library. In addition to browsing your recorded videos, you can queue and share them on social media.

Radeon ReLive will now allow you to integrate chats from Twitch, Facebook, Mixer, YouTube, Weibo and more, to your game play.

AMD has also reduced the performance impact of Radeon ReLive. Note that these examples are from an AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card.

With Adrenalin Edition, Radeon ReLive will also supports games based on the Vulkan API.

Radeon ReLive will also come with support for :

  • Borderless Region Capture – allowing you to capture only what you want to share, instead of the entire screen.
  • Chroma Key – allowing you to remove your background in your webcam or video stream
  • AMD Eyefinity Technology – allowing you to capture your game play across multiple monitors
  • separate audio tracks – recording mic audio separately from the game audio, for easier mixing and editing later

Radeon FreeSync & Themes

With Adrenalin Edition, you can now enable or disable Radeon FreeSync on a per-game basis. And Radeon Settings will have three UI theme options – Yellow, Crimson and Blue.

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Radeon Overlay

Radeon Overlay allows you to access Radeon ReLive, Performance Monitoring, Radeon Chill, Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC), Radeon FreeSync and Color settings from within the game. Just press Alt+R to activate Radeon Overlay. This key combination, incidentally, can be changed.

Performance Monitoring and Recording

Radeon ReLive

Radeon Chill

Radeon FreeSync

Frame Rate Target Control

Color Settings

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AMD Link

Available for Android and iOS platforms, the AMD Link is a mobile app that complements Radeon Software on the desktop, at home as a convenient second screen, or on the go.

You can link multiple PCs to AMD Link using a simple QR code, or you can do it manually. However, your mobile devices must (at least in this version) be on the same network as your computer.

The AMD Link dashboard features streaming and replay with Radeon ReLive, GPU and PC performance monitoring, an AMD news feed, and notifications for new driver releases.

AMD Link is now available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. It supports smartphones and tablets running on iOS 10 (or better), and Android 5.0 (or better).

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Adrenalin Edition Summary

In summary, the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition is a checkpoint when it comes to performance. Performance improvements is a continuous process, with Adrenalin Edition delivering up to 15% better performance compared to Crimson ReLive Edition a year ago.

More important are the 30+ new or enhanced features being introduced in Adrenalin Edition.

The summary includes three infographics created by Sasa Marinkovic and his team.

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The Complete Set Of Adrenalin Edition Slides

Here is the complete set of Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition slides, minus the legal boilerplate.

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