New 15.12 AMD WHQL Driver Resolves Several Render Issues

By Published December 19, 2015 at 5:25 pm

AMD's newly-released 15.12 WHQL drivers reportedly improve performance and resolve rendering bugs for several major game titles. Radeon 15.12 drivers, available directly via AMD's site, introduce the first of AMD's renewed dedication to WHQL releases (drivers officially certified by Microsoft). AMD's previous driver launch – a rocky first iteration upon Radeon Settings' succession of CCC – required a hot-fix to resolve GPU overheating issues, something now included in the new 15.12 package.

Other major updates include reduction of Battlefront flickering and render issues with sky and snow, Fallout 4 flickering fixes, Just Cause 3 texture artifacting and corruption, and several “OverDrive” (built-in OC) updates.

A number of known issues still exist with this driver update, not the least of which includes CTDs when running the AMD/Raptr Gaming Evolved overlay in some games. Gaming Evolved, a tool against which we've vocally dissented since its inception (although GVR worked well, before being subsumed by, is supposed to streamline game settings management and offer a 'gaming social network' to users who want more bloat in their system tray.

Discord aside, the 15.12 driver fixes flickering issues and visual artifacts for most of the newest games released this season; we'd recommend an install if playing any of the listed titles. If you're running the first iteration of Radeon Settings, moving to the newest driver is encouraged to ensure no behind-the-scenes GPU roasting is going on.

Full list of defect resolutions and known issues:

Resolved Issues

  • [83112] Radeon Settings driver update check is not available for minor driver versions
  • [83111] System has higher idle power usage on Windows 7 when running with Radeon Settings
  • [82050] Star Wars: Battlefront - Snow flickers in a few locations in the game
  • [82240] Star Wars: Battlefront - Sky rendering may be broken in some game locations
  • [82645] 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
  • [82667] Star Wars: Battlefront - Shadowy textures are visible around hills/structures/caves
  • [81890] Just Cause 3 - Texture corruption may be experienced during gameplay
  • [54874] Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Poor AMD Crossfire performance may be experienced
  • [82338] The driver installation may fail while installing the ACP component
  • [82426] The font size in Chinese language installations may be too small
  • [82438] The label range values in some AMD Freesync installations may be incorrect
  • [82536] The Radeon Settings dropbox does not close when it is clicked on a second time
  • [82603] The AMD Overdrive fan settings is always set to ON after first edit on reboot
  • [82586] Language shows up as Chinese Simplified when Chinese Traditional is selected in Windows 7
  • [82656] Radeon Settings crashes on the Display tab when cloning a display via HDMI on some notebooks
  • [82671] Overdrive fan speed is reset to Manual on exiting from a 3D game or application
  • [82766] Radeon Settings does not get upgraded in some install scenarios
  • [82691] AMD Overdrive cannot revert to default settings in some situations

Known Issues

  • [82789] Total War : Rome II : Choppy gameplay may be experienced
  • [82788] Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Frame freezing during gameplay may be experienced
  • [82794] Just Cause 3 - The system may hang when task switching on systems with AMD CPUs and GPUs
  • [82775] Just Cause 3 - Flickering may be experienced during gameplay and on menu screens
  • [82778] Anno 2205 - Water splatter may flicker during in Ultra high mode on 4K displays
  • [82779] Fallout 4 - Gameplay may be choppy in AMD Freesync mode in Ultra mode at 1440p resolution
  • [58978] Dirt Rally - A crash may be experienced starting a new race with AMD Crossfire and AMD Freesync enabled
  • [59475] Elite: Dangerous - Poor performance may be experienced in SuperCruise mode under Windows 10
  • [78139] PowerDVD - 3D playback may fail on some configurations using an HDMI 2.0 dongle
  • [79428] Starcraft 2: Flickering may be observed in the 'Episode 3' campaign
  • [80251] Fable Legends: The DirectX 12 benchmark may fail to launch on some configurations
  • [80836] Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - Flickering or poor performance may be experienced when running in AMD Crossfire mode
  • [81402] Assassin's Creed Syndicate - A crash may be experienced when setting game to Ultra-High graphics mode
  • [81403] Flickering may be observed on some Freesync monitors while playing Wolfenstein - The New Order and Battlefield: Hardline with Vsync disabled
  • [81448] A system restart may be experience when waking the system from sleep mode on some systems with Intel processors
  • [81489] Unable to create 4x1 or 2.1 portrait mode SLS with 4K displays
  • [81651] Star Wars: Battlefront - texture corruption may be experienced if the game "Field of View" setting is > 100
  • [81736] Call of Duty Online - the game may crash if the Printscreen key is pressed on a 4K monitor
  • [81777] 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
  • [81809] A crash may be experienced if an HDMI display is a cloned display device on an HP Envy 15 notebook
  • [81844] Unable to change resolution if a wireless display is the only connected display
  • [81856] Marginally increased power consumption may be observed during video playback
  • [81859] Flickering may be experienced on some monitors when AMD Freesync is enabled
  • [81915] Assassin's Creed Syndicate - Building textures may be missing on some AMD Freesync displays with Vsync enabled
  • [82083] Ark Survival Evolved - Poor performance may be experienced when running in AMD Crossfire mode
  • [82093] Star Wars : Battlefront - Some flickering may be experienced in shaded areas of the screen while game levels are loading
  • [82213] Star Wars : Battlefront - Some users may experience minor flickering or corruption at different game location or while viewing the in-game cinematics
  • [82387] 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"

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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