Radeon Chill 2017

Radeon Chill originated in efforts by a company called HiAlgo, which was acquired by AMD in June 2016. When Radeon Chill was introduced later that December, it was hampered by a few limitations: it was unintuitive to find in Radeon Settings, supported a rather limited number of games, and laptops were not supported. With 17.7.2, all those issues (and more) are being addressed.

First off, Radeon Chill is now contained in the Global Settings/Global Graphics tab, rather than being inside the WattMan pane. Once globally enabled, the minimum and maximum Chill FPS ranges can be adjusted per-game in each game's Radeon Settings profile; most titles have a 40 – 144 FPS range set by default. AMD also stated that users no longer have to deal with the EULA wall in front of WattMan in order to get to Radeon Chill, as not all users may be comfortable with that.

Moving on, AMD has expanded Chill API support to include DX12 and Vulkan. At the same time, AMD has expanded game support, adding 21 new games. In total, 38 games are supported across a range of APIs (DX9, DX11, DX12, and Vulkan).

With 17.7.2, AMD has extended Chill support to multi-GPU, XConnect, and laptop/hybrid configurations. To note, AMD dual graphics (APU + discrete Radeon graphics) is not supported. Like multi-GPU support for FRTC, Chill can now reduce the power/noise/heat impact of excessive graphics horsepower.

This allows the potential power savings from Chill to directly benefit battery life on laptops, and AMD notes gains while utilizing Chill in League of Legends at 1080p.

XConnect support allows for easy Chill compatibility while switching between eGPU and mobile configurations, not to mention potential reduced power/noise/heat for a small box in very close proximity to the user.

Improved WattMan, Shader Cache, and Frame Rate Target Control Enhanced Sync and the Quest for Lower Latency
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  • ComputerGuy2006 - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - link

    I read the title too fast, for a second I assumed they had tweaked the radeon software interface. I miss the old interface. The one that had a hierarchy on the left and the settings on the right. It was simple, intuitive and easy to use. Even after few years I am still not comfortable using this 'touch screen' type of interface, I often find myself frustrated while using it....
  • Cryio - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - link

    Just W7 and W10 targeted improvements? No W8.1? Seems wrong.
  • CBRworm - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - link

    AMD doesn't support W8.1 with the RX 5xx cards.
  • Cryio - Thursday, July 27, 2017 - link

  • highlnder69 - Thursday, July 27, 2017 - link

    Any particular reason you are still using Windows 8.1 over Windows 10?
  • Alexvrb - Thursday, July 27, 2017 - link

    Computer plugged in, check. Display connected, check. Modern system with latest-gen discrete graphics, check. Free Windows 10 upgrade... darn it! I knew I forgot something!

    Alternatively, maybe alcohol was a factor?
  • Ascaris - Friday, July 28, 2017 - link

    What do you mean "still?" I just migrated to 8.1 in February or April of this year.

    Once I saw that I could wall off, remove, block, or rip out the Metro stuff nearly completely, the six years of security support vs. the three for 7 made it easy. I can avoid 10 for more than half a decade now-- that's a really long time for an OS, as I think you would agree. Maybe MS will actually have a coherent thought or two by then and reverse direction. If not, that's six more years of Linux getting better (I already dual-boot it now).

    Surely you must not have missed all the reasons people avoid 10.
  • highlnder69 - Friday, July 28, 2017 - link

    I simply cannot think of one reason why anyone would want to run Windows 8.1 when you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. What exactly don't you like about Windows 10?
  • Ascaris - Saturday, July 29, 2017 - link

    It's all been said before, but if you want me to go over it again...

    I don't like the spying. I don't like the forced updates. I don't like ads. I don't like "Windows as a service," aka permanent beta quality level. I don't like unwanted Candy Crush downloads, or downloads of anything else. I don't like Windows deciding to uninstall whatever it feels like, whenever it feels like. I don't like Windows deciding to replace my drivers with whatever it finds in the Windows catalog.

    None of that stuff is in Windows 8.1, with the possible exception of the backported telemetry (which is also in 7 to exactly the same degree, and can be avoided or mitigated in the same way). Those are the major disqualifiers for Windows 10.

    Windows 8.1 was a disaster in UI terms out of the box, but so is 10. I have used both, and I don't see 10 as a huge improvement over 8.1. Windows 8.1 has a full-screen tiled start screen; Windows 10 has the same thing scaled down to only take part of the screen. Is that really a big advantage? I can't stand tiles at all-- either way, an aftermarket start menu is going to be needed. Classic Shell, including Classic Start, is free and works very well. In both cases, as well as with Windows 7, an aftermarket tweaking tool is necessary to smooth the rough edges of File Explorer, and Classic Shell performs that task to perfection. It's so necessary that I've donated to the devs of the otherwise completely free Classic Shell; it's worth paying for.

    The same is true with the File Manager's ribbon. It's one of the big issues I have with unmodded 8.1, but it has infected Windows 10 just as badly. With the ribbon being as hated as it is, why does MS insist on forcing it on people? I understand that some minority actually likes it, but most seem to dislike it... so if you must have the ribbon, make the traditional File, Edit, View... menu bar an option. Again, an aftermarket solution is necessary. Old New Explorer does it quite nicely.

    I hate apps. My PC is not a phone! In Windows 8.x, they're just tacked on; nothing depends on them. I know from experience that 8.1 is perfectly stable and reliable without any of them present. A tiny utility called install_wim_tweak and a batch file dispatches all apps permanently, and that's that. They will never come back in 8.1, as 8.1 (despite being supposedly in mainstream support for one more year) only gets bugfixes and security fixes. There's not going to be some big architectural change that includes a dependency on some app, and there won't be some huge new version coming every 6 months that reinstalls them all as has happened in the past with 10 (repeatedly).

    You don't know that removing apps is always going to work with 10. The last time I had 10 installed on my PC, it did have all of the 'apps' ripped out, including Cortana and Edge, but with 10's code base undergoing constant churn, there's no way to know that what worked in the last build will work in the next. Some reports from people still in 10 have validated this fear-- Windows 10 is no longer stable with Cortana removed.

    You can't escape UWP in Windows 10. Many system dialogs are only in the UWP style, and this continues to get worse in each new build, as MS moves more and more functionality of the Control Panel into Settings. This process had barely started when MS abandoned 8.1 and began work on 10, and everything a person needs to do can be done in the classic Control Panel or in the MMC. As such, I've simply banished Settings on 8.1... references to it are removed from my start menu, and the tiny program called Metro Killer finishes the job, preventing the inadvertent triggering of anything Metro. Classic Shell already did away with the hot corners triggering the useless Charms, but Metro Killer makes sure.
  • RKCook - Friday, July 28, 2017 - link

    People that avoid Windows 10 are doing so compared Windows 7.

    Windows 8 was quite simply a horrid abomination for a desktop or laptop OS. 8.1 did a small bit to correct the glaring defects. And then took time to fix all of the problems with Win 10.

    My laptop at work crapped out and I received a Win 7 loaner for a weekend. I realized that I like 10 better.

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