Just last month we saw the release of AMDs new Radeon Software Crimson Edition. This release included the brand new Radeon Settings and promised a new commitment to more frequent driver updates alongside better support for WHQL certification. To that end, today AMD has released a new driver set, Crimson 15.12.

Functionally there is nothing new here and the display driver version number is identical. Aside from fixing two minor Crimson control panel issues, all AMD has done today is removed the beta status from 15.11.1, renamed it 15.12 (following their year.month naming scheme), and endowed WHQL certification. While not ground breaking by any means one difference here is that AMD is officially moving a driver from beta to release, which has not happened for a while and will be a welcome change moving forward.

As always those interested in reading more or installing the updated WHQL drivers for AMD’s desktop, mobile, and integrated GPUs can find them either under the driver update section in Radeon Settings or on AMDs Radeon Software Crimson Edition download page.

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  • SinxarKnights - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    Unfortunately overdrive is still broken and no sign of video color options. Thanks AMD, I enjoy watching washed out videos and not overclocking my graphics card. Up until Crimson i've never had issue with their drivers. I guess the auto update was more important. I know what I am buying next that is for sure.
  • Le Québécois - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    Overdrive seems to works fine on my 7970, but I have to admit I only slightly OC the card, maybe there's some options that I'm not using. As for the video colors, I see plenty of options so once again, I'm not so sure I understand what you mean.

    You say : "Up until Crimson I've never had issue with their drivers"

    And now you want to go nVidia because, according to you, for the first time in god knows(and you) how long, you have drivers problems?

    Over reacting a little maybe? I own cards from both AMD and nVidia and they both have their share of drivers problems from time to time.

    Do yourself a favor, save some money, rollback to the latest catalyst drivers and wait a little for the next release.
  • Spunjji - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    Sensors detect unconvincing troll. I don't see any of these problems either... running Crimson on my HP Notebook with FirePro graphics + Enduro and everything is absolutely fine.

    I only mention the specific config because once upon a time that would have been an absolute nightmare to get working; as it is I haven't had a single hitch. It's even overclocked!
  • SinxarKnights - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    I disagree. I don't think switching to Nvidia for my next graphics card is an overreaction at all. The overdrive issue is once you OC, you cannot reduce it. The level you set it becomes the minimum.

    There is no option for setting the dynamic color range in Crimson either. It is a default of limited (16-235) instead of full (0-255) resulting in washed out video.

    I have tried multiple times to contact support and get help about both of these with nothing but glorious silence. Why am I forced to accept defaults that do not work. Why are so many options removed? IMO they should be focusing on how it works instead of how it looks, but what do I know, I am just an unconvincing troll apparently.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    So, when nvidia releases one driver with a fan control issue, forcing throttling, are you then going to switch to VIA? matrox? 3dfx?

    How about just rolling back to the previous release, then waiting for a newer driver to come out? We nvidia users did it for months with the whole 350 driver fiasco, crashing chrome and all that.
  • PrinceGaz - Friday, December 18, 2015 - link

    If nVidia and AMD's graphics drivers have caused problems, you could always switch to using Intel's integrated graphics. I don't know what their drivers are like, but it should be fine for running Windows and undemanding games. The performance may be a little unsatisfactory for the likes of Fallout 4 with Ultra settings on a 4k display, mind.
  • Alexvrb - Saturday, December 19, 2015 - link

    Performance aside, Intel's drivers traditionally have been even worse.
  • close - Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - link

    Actually performance aside I don't think Intel drivers had too many issues. Since gaming wasn't a real option Intel had to put in less work into the drivers and the result was more than adequate stability wise. They cater mostly for business users and users with little demand for GPU power so the drivers are a lot less complex (imagine a 60MB driver pack for Intel vs. 300+MB for the others). Never heard of widespread issues with installing, upgrading the drivers or normal use.
  • xdrol - Saturday, December 26, 2015 - link

    Never played anything OpenGL on Intel graphics, I assume?
  • Alexvrb - Saturday, December 19, 2015 - link

    Thank you. I've had cards from all the major vendors over the years (even had two PowerVR based cards) and they have all had their share of issues. Heck he might have something corrupted, might need to uninstall drivers, clean, reinstall, etc.

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