AMD Radeon Software

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AMD Radeon Software
AMD Radeon Software 22.1.2 on Windows 11.png
AMD Radeon Settings running on Windows 11
Original author(s)ATI Technologies
Developer(s)Advanced Micro Devices
Initial releaseJune 13, 2002; 20 years ago (2002-06-13) (v. 2.1)
Stable release
22.5.1 (May 10, 2022; 48 days ago (2022-05-10))
Preview release
22.5.2 (May 31, 2022; 27 days ago (2022-05-31))
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
Linux
Platformx64
TypeDevice driver and management
LicenseFreeware
Websiteamd.com/en/support

AMD Radeon Software is a device driver and utility software package for Advanced Micro Devices's graphics cards and APUs. Its graphical user interface is built with Electron and is compatible with 64-bit Windows and Linux distributions.

Software bundle[edit]

Functionality[edit]

Radeon Software includes the following feature set:

  • Game profile management
  • Overclocking and undervolting
  • Performance monitoring
  • Recording and streaming
  • Captured video and screenshot management
  • Software update notifications
  • Upgrade advisor

History[edit]

The software was previously known as AMD Radeon Settings, AMD Catalyst, and ATI Catalyst. AMD ceased providing 32-bit versions in October 2018.

Supported hardware[edit]

AMD Radeon Software is targeted to support all function blocks present on a GPU's or an APU's die. Besides instruction code targeted at rendering, this includes display controllers as well as their SIP blocks for video decoding (Unified Video Decoder (UVD)) and video encoding (Video Coding Engine (VCE)).

The device driver also supports AMD TrueAudio, a SIP block to perform sound-related calculations.

Supported products[edit]

AMD Radeon Software supports the following AMD (and ATI-tradition) product lines targeted at rendering:

The following product lines are probably[original research?] not supported by the AMD Radeon Software, but instead by some other software, which (for example) is OpenGL-certified:

  • AMD FireStream product line for GPGPU in supercomputers and such
  • AMD FireMV product line for multi-monitor setups (deprecated by AMD Eyefinity being available on all consumer products)[citation needed]
  • AMD FirePro product line for professionals who require certified OpenGL support

Multi-monitor support[edit]

Starting in Catalyst 14.6 AMD has enabled mixed-resolution support, allowing for a single Eyefinity display group to be created where each monitor runs at a different resolution. The current version may, however, disable any additional display mode and change to a resolution in the one mode available. This feature is made possible through the addition of two new Eyefinity display modes, Fit and Expand, which join the traditional Fill mode. In both Fit and Expand modes, AMD is compensating for the mismatched resolutions by creating a virtual desktop that is of a different resolution from those of the monitors, and then either padding it out or cropping it as necessary.[1]

Before Eyefinity, there was the Windows-only software "HydraVision"[2] (originally acquired from Appian Graphics complete with its development team), a desktop/screen management software mostly providing multi-monitor and virtual-screen management. It has extensive hot-key support.[3]

Video acceleration[edit]

Both of AMD's SIP cores for video acceleration, Video Coding Engine as well as Unified Video Decoder, are supported by AMD Radeon Software.

Audio acceleration[edit]

Some AMD products contain SIP cores for audio acceleration branded AMD TrueAudio. Support for this audio acceleration DSP co-processor is part of AMD Radeon Software.

Under Microsoft Windows the support for AMD TrueAudio is codenamed "ACP" (for audio co-processor) and implemented via "ACP user service" (amdacpusrsvc.exe), a background service that helps manage audio tasks in games.

Under Linux, AMD TrueAudio is codenamed "acp" as well: some code regarding this can be found in the /drivers/gpu/drm/radeon directory of the Linux kernel sources.

Power saving[edit]

AMD Radeon Software includes support for AMD PowerPlay, AMD PowerTune and AMD ZeroCore Power, AMD's set of technologies to reduce energy consumption in their graphics products.[4]

Supported interfaces[edit]

Rendering[edit]

The AMD Radeon Software device driver supports multiple rendering interfaces, all designed to give the user-space programs, such as video games or CAD software, access to the corresponding SIP blocks.

Direct3D[edit]

Direct3D 12 is available for GCN with version 15.7.1 or higher.[5]

Mantle[edit]

So far, only the Radeon Software targeting Microsoft Windows includes support for Mantle.

OpenGL[edit]

OpenGL 4.5 is possible for TeraScale 2 and 3 with AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta (driver version 15.30 or higher like Crimson Beta 16.2.1).[6][7] OpenCL support will be lost, but it can be recovered by copying the relevant files from a previous package like Radeon Software 15.11.1 Beta. Beta drivers do not support HDCP.

OpenGL 4.5 is available for GCN with version 16.3 or higher[8]

OpenGL 4.x compliance requires supporting FP64 shaders. These are implemented by emulation on some TeraScale GPUs.

OpenGL 4.6 is supported in AMD Adrenalin 18.4.1 Graphics Driver on Windows 7 SP1, 10 version 1803 (April 2018 update) for AMD Radeon HD 7700+, HD 8500+ and newer. Released April 2018.[9][10]

Vulkan[edit]

Vulkan 1.0 is available with AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3.2 or higher for GCN[11]

Vulkan 1.1 with AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.3 or higher[12]

Vulkan 1.2 with Adrenalin 20.1.2 or higher[13]

Vulkan 1.3 with Adrenalin 22.1.2 or higher[14]

Video acceleration[edit]

The AMD Radeon Software device driver supports multiple interfaces, all designed to give user-space programs, such as GStreamer or HandBrake software, access to the corresponding SIP blocks.

GPGPU[edit]

ROCm[edit]

OpenCL[edit]

With Catalyst 9.12 support of OpenCL 1.0 was available.[15]

In Catalyst 10.10 OpenCL 1.1 was available.[16]

Catalyst 12.4 Supports OpenCL 1.2.[17]

OpenCL 2.0 driver works since 14.41 for GCN-based Models.[18] This also supports previous OpenCL versions.

TeraScale 2 and 3 chips can use Level 1.2.

Close to Metal[edit]

Close to Metal was a low-level API by AMD which was abandoned in favor of OpenCL.

Other[edit]

AMD HD3D stereoscopic 3D API by AMD.

Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA)[edit]

With Catalyst 14.1 HSA is possible.[19] AMD main Processor graphic Units and Radeon graphic Card Units work combined.

AMD GPU Services (AGS)[edit]

AMD Display Library (ADL) SDK[edit]

Operating systems support[edit]

Linux[edit]

The main AMD GPU software stacks are fully supported on Linux: GPUOpen for graphics, and ROCm for compute. GPUOpen is most often merely a supplement, for software utilities, to the free Mesa software stack that is widely distributed and available by default on most Linux distributions.

AMD strives at packaging its software for Linux on its own, not relying solely on Linux distributions. They do so by using the amdgpu and amdgpu-pro shell scripts, and provide package archives for e.g. apt and rpm.[20]

Microsoft Windows and Linux[edit]

Windows support From version To version Notes
Windows 9x 02.1 4.4/6.2 There were some later releases for these operating systems, up to and including a Windows Me build of Catalyst 6.2 released on Feb 9, 2006.[21]
Windows 2000 02.1 6.5[22]/7.4[23] Newer Catalyst versions up to 7.4 will work in 2000 unofficially without any modification; later versions may need .inf file editing
Windows XP [x86 & x64] 02.1 14.4 Driver updates and support stopped at AMD Catalyst 14.4 for video cards with support up to DirectX 11 on Hardware, and 10.2 for DirectX 9.0c cards.[citation needed]
Windows Vista [x86 & x64] 7.2 13.12 Driver updates and support stopped at AMD Catalyst 13.12 for video cards with support up to DirectX 11.[citation needed]
Windows 7 [x86/x64] 9.3 18.9.3/21.5.2[24] Driver updates and support were discontinued for x86 operating systems at version 18.9.3, and for x64 at 21.5.2.[24]
Windows 8.1 [x86/x64] 12.8[25] 17.1.2/17.7.1 Support for driver updates stopped in 2017, though still possible to install.[26]
Windows 10 [x86/x64] 15.7[27] 18.9.3/latest[28] x86 Driver support was discontinued to focus on x64 only.
Windows 11 [x64] 21.9.1 latest
RHEL [x64] latest
CentOS [x64] latest
Ubuntu [x64] latest
SLES/SLED 15 [x64] latest

Starting with version 4.9 (released on 4 September 2004) the Catalyst driver package included the ATI Catalyst Control Center,[29] a new software application for manipulating many hardware functions, such as 3D settings, monitor controls and video options. It shows a small 3D preview and allows the user to see how changes to the graphics settings affect the quality of the rendered image. It also shows information about the card itself and the software data. This application requires Microsoft .NET Framework.

Radeon Software 16.x and higher only for GCN-based Models. With 16.3.2 Vulkan 1.0 support.

Radeon Software 17.7.1 is the final driver for Windows 8.1

Radeon Software 18.9.3 is the final driver for 32-bit Windows 7/10

Radeon Software 21.5.2 is the final driver for Windows 7 (and Windows 8.1 unofficially); 21.5.2 is also the final driver for GCN 1, GCN 2 and GCN 3 based GPUs[24]

Issues[edit]

On Windows Platforms[edit]

  • Quantity of rendered ahead frames cannot be adjusted
  • Triple buffering in D3D cannot be forced
  • V-sync in many games under Windows 7 cannot be forced disabled

On Linux Platforms[edit]

See also[edit]

Related technologies[edit]

Related topics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Ryan (May 25, 2014). "AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta Drivers Released, Adds New Eyefinity Functionality & More". AnandTech. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Appian HydraVision Reference Guide, Redmond, WA: Appian Graphics, a division of ETMA Corporation
  3. ^ "HYDRAVISION - For RADEON and Mobile ATI Products". AMD. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  4. ^ Larabel, Michael (November 12, 2005). "ATI PowerPlay". Phoronix. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  5. ^ "AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 Driver for Windows Release Notes". AMD. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition (15.30.1025)". AMD. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  7. ^ "AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 Beta Driver". AMD. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  8. ^ "AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3 Release Notes". AMD. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "AMD Adrenalin 18.4.1 Graphics Driver Released (OpenGL 4.6, Vulkan 1.1.70) – Geeks3D". www.geeks3d.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
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  11. ^ "AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3.2 Release Notes". AMD. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  12. ^ "Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.3 Release Notes". AMD. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.2 Release Notes". AMD. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  14. ^ "Radeon Software Adrenalin 22.1.2 with Vulkan 1.3 Support". AMD. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  15. ^ JEGX (December 21, 2009). "How to Enable OpenCL Support on NVIDIA and AMD Platforms | Geeks3D". Geek3D. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  16. ^ Carsten (October 24, 2010). "Industry's first Open-CL 1.1-Driver is public: AMD Catalyst 10.10". GPU-Tech. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
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  18. ^ "AMD OpenCL 2.0 Driver". AMD. Archived from the original on 2017-12-13. Retrieved June 14, 2022.
  19. ^ Smith, Ryan (February 2, 2014). "AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta Drivers Now Available: Mantle, Frame Pacing, & More". AnandTech. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
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  21. ^ "Catalyst Version 6.2 for Windows ME Release Note". AMD. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  22. ^ "Catalyst Release Note Version 6.6". Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  23. ^ "BEARWINDOWS - Microsoft Windows 2000/NT 5.0 [Build 2195]". bearwindows.zcm.com.au. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  24. ^ a b c "Product and OS Support Update for Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.6.1". community.amd.com. June 21, 2021. Retrieved June 22, 2021.
  25. ^ "AMD Catalyst Software Suite Version 12.8 Release Notes". AMD. Archived from the original on November 11, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  26. ^ "Adrenalin 2020 on Windows 8.1?". community.amd.com. December 21, 2019. Archived from the original on December 7, 2020. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  27. ^ "AMD Catalyst 15.7 Driver for Windows Release Notes". AMD. Archived from the original on August 31, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  28. ^ "Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.2.1 Release Notes". AMD. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  29. ^ "ATI Ushers in a New Era of Usability and Customization for PC Graphics". ati.amd.com. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2022.

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