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AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition (RSCE) 16.4.2 Overview (Page 1)

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition (RSCE) 16.4.2 Overview

AMD releases its new Radeon Software Crimson Edition (RSCE) 16.4.2 drivers, with new CrossFire profiles, and more. We take a close look.

By Anthony Garreffa from May 1, 2016 @ 12:50 CDT

Introduction

AMD has been positioning itself in a better way over the last 6-12 months, not just for consumers, but to compete against NVIDIA. The first step was improving the Catalyst drivers, where the company shifted forward with its new Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver set, and second, splitting its GPU division into Radeon Technologies Group.

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AMD morphing its GPU division into Radeon Technologies Group was the best thing the company has done since acquiring ATI all those years ago, as well as acquiring key talent over the last year - and shoving all of their chips onto the VR side of the betting table, a gamble that I personally applaud.

Recently, AMD revealed its new Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.4.2 drivers, with some new features, support, updated/new CrossFire drivers, and another push into DX12 dominance. The new drivers are being compared against NVIDIA's GeForce 364.72 drivers, and while we didn't have time to do any performance testing, we're going to disassemble what AMD is doing with its new RSCE 16.4.2 drivers.

AMD XConnect Technology Support

This is one of the surprises and main features of the new RSCE 16.4.2 drivers; support for AMD's awesome XConnect technology. This allows full support for Thunderbolt 3-based video card enclosures, like the Razer Core for the Blade Stealth gaming laptop.

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Gamers can use the Radeon R9 Fury, R9 Nano, and 300 series video cards inside of the external video card enclosure, and thanks to Thunderbolt 3, super-powering your mobile gaming experience.

New & Updated Crossfire Profiles

Starting with the new/improved CrossFire profiles, we have new and updated CrossFire profiles for four games: Elite: Dangerous, Need for Speed, Hitman, and Fallout 4. This is great to see especially after writing my scathing yet insanely well-received rage about the state of multi-GPU gaming.

Multi-GPU performance still isn't where it should be, but it's good to see AMD push forward with improved or new CrossFire profiles for some of the biggest games on the market.

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