UPDATED: AMD Driver 16.1.1 Out Now, Features Rise of the Tomb Raider Optimizations
UPDATE 2/2: The AMD Driver 16.1.1 is out now. Here’s the changelog:
- Performance/Quality improvements and an AMD Crossfire™ profile is available for Rise of the Tomb Raider™
- An AMD Crossfire™ profile is available for Fallout 4
-  Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Building textures may be missing on some AMD Freesync™ displays with VSync enabled
-  Display corruption may occur on systems with multiple display systems when they have been left idle for some time
-  Mordheim: City of the Damned – some loading screens may be very dark
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront – The sky rendering may be corrupted in some situations
-  Radeon Settings – AMD OverDrive™ Power setting changes on the secondary GPU are not immediately displayed. This is seen only on dual GPU graphics cards, such as the AMD Radeon™ HD 7990 and Radeon™ R9 295×2
-  Radeon Settings – AMD OverDrive™ clock gauge needles for the secondary GPU may be in wrong position when the system is idle and the secondary GPU is inactive
-  Some games may experience brightness flickering with AMD FreeSync™ enabled
-  AMD Radeon Additional Settings window will close if the help button is pressed on Japanese/Korean language setups
-  Corruption seen in video playback for M2TS format files via Windows® 10 Movie & TV application
-  Flickering textures experienced in Dota 2 when accessing the “Heroes” menu
-  Battlefield Hardline – A crash may occur when changing graphics settings from “Ultra” to “High” during gameplay
-  The screen may turn dark and colors may be corrupted after installing the driver on some AMD Crossfire™ setups
-  Custom game profiles are reset to defaults after system is restarted
-  HDMI audio lost when monitor enters sleep mode and are woken up
-  Black line corruption seen all along the edges of characters and menus in Game of Thrones™
-  Far Cry 4 – Stuttering may be observed when launching the game with AMD Freesync™ and AMD Crossfire™ enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable either feature
-  Flickering may be observed while task switching with AMD Freesync™ enabled
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront – Some users may experience minor flickering or corruption at different game location or while viewing the in-game cinematics
-  A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved “In Game Overlay”
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront – Corrupted ground textures may be observed in the Survival of Hoth mission
-  Game stuttering may be experienced when running two AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2 graphics cards in AMD CrossFire™ mode
-  Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Corruption may be experienced if game is launched with AMD Freesync™ enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable AMD Freesync™
-  Fallout 4 – Foliage/water may ripple/stutter when game is launched in High/Ultra settings mode
-  Clock speeds may be seen to fluctuate during gaming on some AMD R9 Fury series products leading to poor performance and/or screen corruption
-  Just Cause 3 – Frame rates may be forced below 60 fps when VSync is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable VSync for this game.
-  The AMD Overdrive™ memory clock slider does not show original clock values if memory speeds are overclocked
-  Fallout 4 –Thumbnails may flicker or disappear while scrolling the Perk levels page
-  Rise of the Tomb Raider™ – Game may intermittently crash or hang when launched with very high settings and AA is set to SMAA at 4K resolution
- / Rise of the Tomb Raider™ – Flickering may be experienced at various game locations when the game is left idle in AMD Crossfire™ mode under Windows 7. A temporary workaround is to restart the game or disable AMD Crossfire™
-  Star Wars™: Battlefront – Flickering seen on the textured bar on battle/tutorial loading screen
UPDATE 30/1: According to AMD’s Software strategy manager, Terry Makedon, there are still some issues that need to be fixed. Once fixed, a hotfix for driver 16.1 will be released.
It seems like the AMD Driver 16.1.1 will be released shortly. Nixxes, the Dutch studio behind the Rise of the Tomb Raider PC port, announced as much in its tech support guide on the Steam community forums.
AMD itself commented to Tweaktown that they’re working as fast as they can to release this hotfix AMD Driver, which should bring performance improvements for AMD card owners while playing Rise of the Tomb Raider.
So far, NVIDIA has the performance edge as you can see in the benchmark analysis we posted earlier, but that could change with these new drivers. We’ll be sure to update this story once the driver is officially released by AMD, so stay tuned!