AMD’s Radeon GPU driver update helps Sid Meier’s ‘Civilization VI’ run smoother

Kevin Parrish
Digital Trends
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amd radeon driver civilization vi optimized guide header

After releasing the Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.11.3 hotfix last week, AMD is back again with another driver release for Radeon graphics card owners: version 16.11.4. Like the last release, there is not a lot going on with this version outside adding support for one specific PC game and listing several fixed and known issues.

For starters, the new driver is optimized for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI that launched on October 21. So far, the game appears to be performing quite well with the critics and PC gamers, earning an overall score of 88 out of 100 on Metacritic. If you have not picked the game up, here are the minimum and recommended requirements for AMD-based systems:

Minimum Recommended
Operating system: 64-bit Windows 7/8.1/10 64-bit Windows 7/8.1/10
Processor: AMD Phenom II @ 2.6GHz AMD FX 8350 @ 4GHz
Graphics card: AMD Radeon 5570 AMD Radeon 7970
Memory: 4GB 8GB or more
Storage: 12GB 12GB or more

AMD’s new driver also fixed two other issues. For starters, it resolved an issue with Titanfall 2 running on Radeon R9 Fury Series graphics cards, as players were experiencing “minor graphical issues” when inside a titan.

The company also resolved a bug concerning H.264 content playback. Prior to this release, AMD customers were experiencing playback issues inside internet browsers with hardware acceleration enabled and gaming applications and content running at the same time.

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Of course, AMD still has a few outstanding issues it still needs to deal with but the list is rather short, reporting six in-progress items. Still on the list is that pesky bug related to the Raptr desktop client that prevents many games from launching, causes them to crash, and/or causes performance issues with the in-game overlay enabled. Right now, Raptr users must switch that overlay off until AMD resolves the issue on the driver side.

Here is the list of game-related issues that are still outstanding:

Doom: This game may crash if launched with Vulkan enabled.
DOTA 2: This game may crash if launched with Vulkan enabled.
Overwatch: AMD CrossFire configurations may see flickering in the main menu or when viewing character models.
FIFA 17: The game may hang or show a black screen on launch on certain Hybrid Graphics or AMD PowerXpress configurations.

Finally, the last listed outstanding bug is related to AMD’s new Radeon RX 400 Series cards. These customers may experience blocky playback when streaming H.264 content through peer-to-peer content players.

To grab the new Radeon driver from AMD, head here.