AMD releases Radeon Software 16.1.1 Hotfix drivers for Rise of the Tomb Raider

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AMD has released a new set of Radeon Software Crimson Edition graphics card drivers,version 16.1.1 Hotfix, which are optimized for Rise of the Tomb Raider which launched on PC a couple of days ago.

The 16.1.1 Hotfix drivers bring performance optimizations and a Crossfire profile forRise of the Tomb Raider, as well as a long-awaited Crossfire profile for Fallout 4. Both Nvidia and, to a greater extent, AMD have struggled to get multi-GPU configurations working in Fallout 4, although a recent patch to the game (which also brings HBAO+ and new debris effects) might have improved the situation as well.

Aside from optimizations for the two aforementioned games, the 16.1.1 Hotfix drivers are mostly concerned with addressing bugs. These drivers include fixes for the Radeon Settings app, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate on FreeSync setups, Star Wars: Battlefront,Dota 2, and Battlefield Hardline. There are still known issues, but that’s the case with most driver releases.

As always, you can allow Radeon Settings to automatically update your graphics card drivers, or alternatively, you can grab a manual installer from our driver download section here.

AMD’s Zen processors to feature up to 32 cores, 8-channel DDR4

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It looks like it will still be many months before we see anything official from AMD on their upcoming Zen processors, but that hasn’t stopped some information being presented at CERN’s recent IT Technical Forum.

As spotted by The Tech Report, a CERN engineer revealed during the Forum that AMD’s Zen line-up would feature processors with up to 32 cores in two 16-core modules. These chips will also reportedly use Symmetrical Multi Threading, which is basically an AMD-developed version of Hyper-Threading.

The slide from the engineer’s presentation also reveals that Zen will bring a 40 percent improvement in instructions per clock (IPC) compared to their current line-up. Along with more cores, this will make Zen a much more powerful line of CPUs, potentially with significantly improved power efficiency as well thanks to the use of 14nm FinFET technology.

And finally, Zen will allegedly support both PCIe gen 3.0, and eight-channel DDR4. This essentially brings AMD’s line of CPUs up to feature parity with Intel’s current processors, and even going beyond with support for more memory channels, potentially to deliver enough bandwidth to all the processing cores.

AMD is expected to formally announce and release Zen before the end of the year, and it could be just what the struggling company needs judging by this early information.

HP to put FreeSync in all their AMD-based laptops

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HP will be taking some of their entry-level and mid-range laptops to the next level,vowing to include FreeSync variable refresh technology in every consumer laptop with an AMD APU inside.

Considering the low-power GPUs that will be included in these laptops, FreeSync has the ability to significantly improve the gaming and video watching experience at lower frame rates. By allowing the display to vary its refresh rate with the GPU’s render rate, gaming will become a lot smoother below the 60 Hz mark that laptops typically struggle to achieve.

The only laptop that’s confirmed to get FreeSync at this stage is the HP Envy 15z, which will be updated in the first half of 2016 with new AMD 6th-generation ‘Carrizo’ APUs and support for variable refresh through the display itself as well as over HDMI. Other specifications for this laptop haven’t be announced, but the previous models have retailed for around the $500 mark.

In the second half of the year we can expect more HP laptops with Carrizo chips and FreeSync on-board, with AMD stating that HP’s entire AMD-powered line-up would feature FreeSync technology.

While most of HP’s laptops will continue to use Intel chips without FreeSync support, particularly in the high-end segment, more laptops featuring AMD APUs is a win for the struggling chipmaker. Carrizo chips have been relatively unseen in the market despite its launch over six months ago, so the more companies to use the APUs, the better for AMD.