Crimson ReLive 17.7.2 is a massive, feature-filled update for AMD's Radeon Software

From PC World: AMD’s rolling out the red carpet for its hotly anticipated Vega graphics with a massive update for its Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition utility. ReLive 17.7.2, which launches today ahead of this weekend’s Radeon RX Vega reveal, builds out key features like Radeon Chill and WattMan while adding a few fresh goodies of its own—including a new beta testing program dubbed Radeon Vanguard.

Here’s what Radeon graphics card owners will get in Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2.

The most notable new addition: Enhanced Sync, which hopes to cure VSync’s biggest headaches in a way that sounds similar to Nvidia’s rival Fast Sync. VSync minimizes screen tearing when your graphics card pumps out more frames than your monitor can handle, resulting in a much smoother-looking experience. There are tradeoffs, though. VSync also introduces input lag that can be especially notable in fast-paced “twitch” games, and if a game’s frame rate drops below your monitor’s refresh rate, you’ll get hellacious stuttering (but still no screen tearing).

Enhanced Sync embraces slightly different compromises. With Enhanced Sync enabled, you’ll sometimes see tearing when gaming frame rates dip below your monitor’s refresh rate, but in return you’ll see less stuttering—up to 92 percent lower stutter in Overwatch, according to AMD. AMD also says Enhanced Sync suffers from far less input lag than VSync, though I haven’t had time to test any ReLive 17.7.2 features myself, and AMD declined to provide a technical analysis of how the technology works. If it indeed works similarly to Nvidia’s Fast Sync, Enhanced Sync will be most beneficial in games pumping out at extremely high frame rates, such as e-sports games.

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