Adrenalin 2019 Improvements Part 2: Radeon Overlay and Display Features

The Radeon Overlay was another main feature of the original Adrenalin Edition, and offered users an in-game/desktop overlay of certain Radeon Settings options and tools, combined with OSD and performance logging/monitoring functionality. Adrenalin 2019 looks to expand the available options presented in Radeon Overlay.

The Radeon Overlay ‘Display Settings’ tab has been reworked and now includes new Enhanced Sync controls, capable of per-game real-time adjustments. The tab also brings together FreeSync toggles and expanded per-game color settings.

Monitoring and metrics have also received an overhaul with support for frame-time logging and adjustable lower sampling intervals. The visuals can now be customized in terms of colors and transparency, location, size, and columns.

As for display features, Adrenalin 2019 comes with an important update to FreeSync 2. Normally, FreeSync 2 tone-mapping required explicit application support via the FreeSync 2 API, but today's release brings auto tone-mapping for FreeSync 2 HDR. For detected HDR10 games without explicit FreeSync 2 support, the color output is automatically tone-mapped for FreeSync 2 displays. Given the state of HDR, this capability is particularly useful as not all HDR10 games support FreeSync 2, and vice versa.

Another improvement comes with new VSR support for 21:9 ultrawide displays. While this may be a single, one-off change, it was a feature that was in high demand by Radeon users and was the #2 most voted request.

Adrenalin 2019 Improvements (1): WattMan and Performance A Helping Hand with the 'Radeon Advisors' Recommendation Tools
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  • overseer - Friday, December 14, 2018 - link

    Can't believe they still haven't fixed the frequent hanging issue with RX 480, and I have to roll back to 18.9.3 WHQL.
  • Manch - Friday, December 14, 2018 - link

    I never had issues with mine. Even before undervolting. Have you tried logging it? Are you unstable only under the new ones?
  • bernstein - Friday, December 14, 2018 - link

    real shame amd link isn't available on android tv / apple tv...
  • silverblue - Saturday, December 15, 2018 - link

    Problems, if somewhat minor... I undervolted my RX 590 in 18.12.1 from 1168mV to 1075mV with a power limit of -10%, which allows it to successfully get through Unigine Heaven 4.0. In 18.12.2, undervolting to the same level just causes the card to reset to normal. Oh, and it thinks the card is 1150mV by default now, not sure which is correct.

    Another issue is that settings aren't applied on restart, so I have to manually go back to Global Wattman to apply them as well as to Display for my HDMI scaling (which is set, but not applied until you change the slider).

    Back to 18.12.1 for now, then.
  • benzosaurus - Sunday, December 16, 2018 - link

    Me, on first reading this article: "Oh, cool, I wonder if they fixed the bug where the overlay won't open at all!"

    Me, after installing the update: "Oh cool, they addressed that by making it so the entire settings pane doesn't open to allow you to turn the overlay on."
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