This article provides information on the latest posting of the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta.
The AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta contains the following:
This Beta driver has been updated. For a list of resolved/know issues with this driver, please refer to the appropriate section further down.
Installing The AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta
For detailed instructions on how to correctly uninstall or install the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta, please refer to the following support resources:
This driver is not intended for use on AMD products running in Apple Boot Camp platforms. Users of these platforms should contact their manufacturer for driver support.
When installing the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta for the Windows® operating system, the user must be logged on as Administrator, or have Administrator rights to complete the installation of the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta.
The AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be installed.
AMD Product Compatibility
The AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta is compatible with the following AMD products.
AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility |
AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series||
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000 - 8400 Series|
AMD All-In-One Desktop Product Family Compatibility|
AMD Radeon™ HD 7600A Series Graphics||
AMD Radeon™ HD 6600A Series Graphics|
AMD Radeon™ HD 7450A Series Graphics||
AMD Radeon™ HD 6350A Series Graphics|
AMD APU Product Family Compatibility
AMD APU series codenamed "Kaveri", "Godavari" and "Carrizo" are only supported by AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta on Windows® 7 (32 & 64-bit), Windows® 8.1 (64-bit) and Windows® 10 (64-bit).
AMD APU Product Family Compatibility |
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000D Series Graphics||
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000G Series Graphics|
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000D Series Graphics||
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000G Series Graphics|
AMD Radeon™ HD 6000D Series Graphics||
AMD Radeon™ HD 6000G Series Graphics|
AMD Mobility Radeon™ Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta is a notebook reference graphics driver with limited support for system vendor specific features.
AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility |
AMD Radeon™ HD 6000M Series Graphics||
AMD Radeon™ HD 5000M Graphics|
Compatible Operating Systems
The latest version of the AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta is designed to support the following Microsoft Windows platforms:
Highlights of AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta
- Windows® 10 (32 & 64-bit version)
- Windows 8.1 (32 & 64-bit version)
- Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit version with SP1 or higher)
Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta is AMD’s revolutionary new graphics software that delivers redesigned functionality, supercharged graphics performance, remarkable new features, and innovation that redefines the overall user experience.Radeon Settings:
Radeon Settings is the new, streamlined user interface, engineered to bring out the best of AMD graphics hardware. User-friendly and feature-rich, Radeon Settings is lightning fast and starts upto 10x times faster1
than the previous AMD Catalyst™ Control Center. Radeon Settings provides a brand new game manager, improved AMD Overdrive options per game and new video, display and Eyefinity tabs.New Install UI:
The driver installer now provides a brand new, streamlined user experience with a reduced number of clicks required, providing better usability and an easy to install user experience.
The AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta is the first publicly available driver that enables all LiquidVR features, which are currently being validated and tested by VR headset manufacturers and ecosystem partners.
A feature that has been extensively used by game console developers is now available to PC Gamers. Asychronous Shaders break complex serial workloads into smaller parallel tasks, thereby allowing idle GPU resources to be used more efficiently and parallel workloads allow tasks to be completed much faster.
The shader cache feature allows complex shaders to be cached, thereby resulting in reduced game load times, lower CPU usage and reduced stuttering and latency during gameplay2.
Optimized Flip Queue Size:
The optimized Flip Queue Size provides users with the very latest keyboard and mouse positional information during gameplay to reduce input latency on DirectX 9® , DirectX® 10 and DirectX® 11 applications. This feature is a driver optimization, therefore it is automatically enabled and requires no user configuration or setup.
- Minimum/Maximum display rate is now listed in Radeon Settings
- Low framerate compensation to reduce or eliminate judder when application FPS falls below the minimum refresh rate of an AMD Freesync™ enabled display
- New support for AMD Freesync™ with AMD Crossfire™ in DirectX 9® titles
Custom Resolution Support:
This feature provides users more control over display capabilities allowing the user to create custom display profiles to attempt to drive their display with chosen resolution, timings, refresh rates and pixel clocks.
Frame Pacing Enhancements:
Frame pacing support is now extended to DirectX® 9 titles.
Frame Rate Target Control Enhancements:
FRTC enhancements include: power saving capability, support for DirectX® 9 titles and an extended range for target control (30 - 200 FPS).
Updated Video Feature support for 'Carrizo' products:
Dynamic Contrast Update:
Improved power optimizations for video, gaming and FRTC enabled gaming environments (AMD Radeon™ R7 360, AMD Radeon™ R9 380, AMD Radeon™ R9 390 series and AMD Radeon™ Fury series).
Enhanced image quality for 1080p media content scaled to 4K resolution using adaptive directional filtering technology (AMD Radeon™ Fury products).
Qualative changes are now content adaptive and provides video enthusiasts with improved video quality and contrast settings (AMD Radeon™ R8 285, AMD Radeon™ R9 380 and AMD Radeon™ Fury products).
DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 support:
Provides full support for DisplayPort to HDMI® 2.0 connections via certified dongles.
Resolved Issues with the AMD Radeon Crimson Edition Beta Update
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront - Snow flickers in a few locations in the game
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront - Sky rendering may be broken in some game locations
-  Fallout 4 - The compass may flicker during gameplay on AMD Radeon R9 390 series products. We continue to investigate the issue with AMD Radeon R9 290 and AMD Radeon R9 295X2 series products
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront - Shadowy textures are visible around hills/structures/caves
-  Just Cause 3 - Texture corruption may be experienced during gameplay
-  Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Poor AMD Crossfire™ performance may be experienced
-  The driver installation may fail while installing the ACP component
-  The font size in Chinese language installations may be too small
-  The label range values in some AMD Freesync™ installations may be incorrect
-  The Radeon Settings dropbox does not close when it is clicked on a second time
-  The AMD Overdrive™ fan settings is always set to ON after first edit on reboot. Please remember to click Reset on the AMD Overdrive page after installing this driver
-  Language shows up as Chinese Simplified when Chinese Traditional is selected in Windows® 7
-  Radeon Settings crashes on the Display tab when cloning a display via HDMI on some notebooks
-  AMD Overdrive fan speed is reset to Manual on exiting from a 3D game or application
-  Radeon Settings does not get upgraded in some install scenarios
-  AMD Overdrive cannot revert to default settings in some situations
Known Issues with the AMD Radeon Crimson Edition Beta Update
-  Total War™ : Rome II : Choppy gameplay may be experienced
-  Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Frame freezing during gameplay may be experienced
-  Just Cause 3 - The system may hang when task switching on systems with AMD CPUs and GPUs
-  Just Cause 3 - Flickering may be experienced during gameplay and on menu screens
-  Anno 2205 - Water splatter may flicker during in Ultra high mode on 4K displays
-  Fallout 4 - Gameplay may be choppy in AMD Freesync™ mode in Ultra mode at 1440p resolution
-  GTA V - game crashes with a TDR error
-  FInal Fantasy XIV: Heavensward - game crashes when run in DirectX® 11 mode on some AMD Radeon™ R9 390x series products
-  The AMD Radeon Settings application does not use the system default browser when launching web content
-  A crackling noise is heard when running a 3D application in AMD Crossfire™ mode with Vsync enabled
-  Autodesk Max 2016 - A crash may be experienced when launching the application on some AMD Radeon™ products
-  Prepar3D® - A TDR error may be experienced when launching the application on some AMD Radeon™ R9 200 and AMD Radeon™ R9 300 series products
-  A TDR error may be experienced when playing fullscreen video using the Windows® 10 Movies & TV app on some laptops with AMD processors and GPU's
-  Assassin's Creed Syndicate - Poor scaling may be experienced when launching the game in AMD Crossfire™ mode
-  Secondary adapter may display error code 43 when enabling/disabling AMD Crossfire™
-  AMD Freesync™ does not function on some Intel + AMD laptop systems under Windows® 7 and Windows® 8.1
-  Assassin's Creed Syndicate - Flickering may be observed on rain drops that fall on in game characters
-  A BSOD error may be encountered when launching Bluray / Windows Media Player with a wireless display
-  Skype - The system may hang when connecting to a 1080p video call
-  Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Random corruption may be experienced in-game
-  AMD Freesync™ does not function if a Youtube video is playing alongside a 3D application
Issues Resolved since AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 and included in this driver
-  Ashes of the Singularity™ may fail to launch on some GPUs with 2GB Video Memory.
 Driver installation may halt on some configurations
 Some BENQ 144hz Freesync™ monitors may lose the signal while uninstalling the driver
 Anti Aliasing settings not being retained after changes are applied
 Anti Aliasing settings not being retained after changes are applied
 DiRT Rally™ crashes during gameplay and benchmarking when launched in DirectX® 11 mode on some BENQ 144HZ Freesync monitors
 Assassin's Creed® Unity may experience minor frame stutter when AMD CrossFire™ mode is enabled
 World of Warships may crash on some AMD Radeon HD5000 and HD6000 series products
 The DirectX® Diagnostic tool does not report DirectX® 12 available on supported products
 Dragon Age: Inquisition may crash if launched in Mantle mode
 The AMD Catalyst Control Center 'update' option fails to download the latest driver
 Ashes of the Singularity™ ‐ A 'Driver has stopped responding' error may be experienced in DirectX® 12 mode
 Diablo 3 crashes in the Act 2 Desolate Sands area of the game
 A TDR error may be experienced while toggling between minimized and maximized mode while viewing 4K YouTube content
 Intermittent playback issues with Cyberlink PowerDVD when connecting to a 3D display with an HDMI™ cable
 Star Wars™: Battlefront is able to use high performance graphics when launched on mobile devices with switchable graphics
 A TDR error is experienced when launching Star Wars™: Battlefront while a You Tube video plays in the background
 The secondary graphics adapter is missing in the Device Manager and the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center after installation of the driver
 A TDR error or crash is experienced when running the Unreal Engine 4 DirectX® benchmark
 Video playback of MPEG2 video fails with a playback error/error code message
 Ashes of the Singularity™ may crash on some AMD 300 series GPUs
 An error may be experienced when installing the latest graphics driver package on some AMD Radeon™ R9 380 series products
 The Intel graphics is flagged in an error state in the Device Manager in systems with switchable graphics
 The Oculus runtime may crash on launch
 BSOD observed when performing an express uninstall of the display driver in 4K resolution
 Battlefield™ Hardline becomes unresponsive after toggling the in-game Vsync option.
 Transcoded clips may fail to play on some Drag and Drop devices
 Audio driver is banged out for non-primary ASIC after enabling CF and rebooting system
 3DMark Farandole may crash when AMD Mantle is selected from the test suite
 A ‘missing Dll’ error message may be experienced while doing an express uninstall of the current driver
 DLL missing popup message may be encountered when performing an express uninstall of the display driver.
 Mantle-based application may crash when system is woken from sleep mode
 A crash may be experienced on some AMD Radeon™ R9 300 series products while running the Unigene benchmark
 Battlefield™ 4 may crash if run in Mantle mode with AMD Crossfire™ enabled
 Cyberlink PowerDVD plays 3D content in 2D mode
 With quad AMD CrossFire™ mode enabled, TDR or blank display occurs when launching DirectX® 9 application in full screen
 Flickering corruption may occur in Dirt Rally™ with Advanced Blending enabled
 Corruption may occur in DiRT Rally™ with CMAA enabled with Portrait SLS and AMD CrossFire™ mode enabled
 Intermittent BSOD occurs when launching a race in Dirt Rally™
 Display profiles are not retained after driver upgrade from 14.502 to 15.20
 Some “Kaveri” APU-based systems may experience minor performance drop on PCMark8® video_group_chat & Casual Gaming tests
 Battlefield™ Hardline crashes on pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del while running in AMD Mantle mode
 Some systems experience a minor performance drop from 15.15 to 15.20 in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with HairWorks enabled
 Unable to apply Fill mode in Eyefinity if 2560x1600 and 2560x1440 resolutions are used together
 Unable to create an Eyefinity SLS if one of the displays is a MST display device
 Windows 10 driver installation may halt on some systems with an AMD 990FX chipset and AMD CrossFire™ enabled.
 Some BENQ 144hz Freesync monitors may lose the signal while uninstalling the driver
 DiRT Rally™ crashes during gameplay and benchmarking when launched in DirectX 11® mode on some BENQ 144HZ Freesync monitors
 Mad Max ‐ Color corruption is observed when Alt+Ctrl+Del is pressed followed by the Escape key
 Assassin's Creed® Unity may experience minor frame stutter when AMD CrossFire™ mode is enabled
-  Dirt Rally - A crash may be experienced starting a new race with AMD Crossfire™ and AMD Freesync™ enabled
-  Elite: Dangerous - Poor performance may be experienced in SuperCruise mode under Windows® 10
-  PowerDVD - 3D playback may fail on some configurations using an HDMI 2.0 dongle
-  Starcraft 2: Flickering may be observed in the 'Episode 3' campaign
-  Fable Legends: The DirectX® 12 benchmark may fail to launch on some configurations
-  Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Flickering or poor performance may be experienced when running in AMD Crossfire™ mode
-  Assassin's Creed Syndicate - A crash may be experienced when setting game to Ultra-High graphics mode
-  Flickering may be observed on some Freesync monitors while playing Wolfenstein - The New Order and Battlefield™: Hardline with Vsync disabled
-  A system restart may be experience when waking the system from sleep mode on some systems with Intel processors
-  Unable to create 4x1 or 2.1 portrait mode SLS with 4K displays
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront - texture corruption may be experienced if the game "Field of View" setting is > 100
-  Call of Duty Online - the game may crash if the Printscreen key is pressed on a 4K monitor
-  Launching a game from the Game Manager may launch on a single display after enabling and disabling AMD Crossfire™ in a 3x1 AMD Eyefinity™ setup
-  A crash may be experienced if an HDMI™ display is a cloned display device on an HP Envy 15 notebook
-  Unable to change resolution if a wireless display is the only connected display
-  Marginally increased power consumption may be observed during video playback
-  Flickering may be experienced on some monitors when AMD Freesync™ is enabled
-  Assassin's Creed Syndicate - Building textures may be missing on some AMD Freesync™ displays with Vsync enabled
-  Ark Survival Evolved - Poor performance may be experienced when running in AMD Crossfire™ mode
Star Wars™ : Battlefront - Some flickering may be experienced in shaded areas of the screen while game levels are loading
Star Wars™ : Battlefront - Some users may experience minor flickering or corruption at different game location or while viewing the in-game cinematics
-  Assassin's Creed Syndicate - The game may crash if the Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay" is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved "In Game Overlay"
AMD Issue Reporting Form
This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the AMD Issue Reporting Form. To provide us with your feedback, visit the
AMD Issue Reporting Form.
Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on October 26, 2015 using a HP Pavilion DM1 with AMD E-350 with AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics, 3GB (1GB+2GB) DDR3, Windows 10 64bit. With AMD Catalyst 15.8, the system took 8 seconds on average to load the control panel (AMD Catalyst Control Center). With Radeon Software Crimson Edition, the system took 0.6 seconds on average to load the control panel (Radeon Settings).
AMD Internal Lab testing as of Nov 2, 2015 with an Intel Core i7 5960X with 2x8GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, Gigabyte X99-UD4, AMD Radeon™ R9 380, Windows 10 64bit. PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Star Wars Battlefront took an average of 16.9 seconds to load the EndorSurvival level with AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 Driver and 11.2 seconds with Radeon Software Crimson Edition