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AMD Retires Catalyst and Introduces Radeon Software Crimson Edition

Category: Video Cards
Posted: 03:43PM

Get ready for a new name for AMD's video card driver suite, as the Catalyst Control Center (CCC) is no more. Say hello to the Radeon Software Crimson. This new software replaces CCC and features a simplified UI and menu scheme, and AMD says a new version will be available every year. Each month brings with it minor updates, so AMD can apply new tweaks and settings as needed, much like NVIDIA does with its GeForce Experience. AMD says Radeon Software Crimson has been built with QT, a cross-platform application framework that is said to be faster than .NET, which is what CCC used. Startup time on an AMD E-350 laptop went from eight seconds to 0.6, with desktop machines on faster hardare featuring an even quicker startup.

Right now, the focus is on Radeon Software Crimson's UI and all the changes AMD has made to it. Driver changes won't be discussed until later, although it's anyone's guess as to when that is. There are five tabs at the top, covering Gaming, Video, Display, Eyefinity, and System, with buttons at the bottom for Updates, Preferences, and Notifications. The middle part of the UI defaults to a rotating screen of announcements and new games when you aren't viewing any of the tabs. The Gaming tab features a Game Manager to tweak settings on a global or per-game level. Anti-aliasing, tessellation, a hardware framerate cap, and more can be adjusted here, including Overdrive for your overclocking needs. Recommend game settings aren't included here, as they instead continue in the Gaming Evolved Powered by Raptr app. AMD eventually plans to bring recommend settings into Crimson, but right now will rely on the app, even with its settings coming by crowdsourcing.

Other parts of Crimson include a simplified video tab for setting video filters; per-display settings for FreeSync and SuperResolution; an Eyefinity setup wizard; and a system information screen to view CPU, GPU, memory, and OS stats. All of this and more will be discussed later, including what exactly AMD plans to do with regards to its driver updates. Crimson is due to arrive before year's end, and then sometime next year we'll know what the new version will be called. Some new color of red, most likely, such as burgundy or maroon. Either way, it's good to see AMD stepping up and changing around its video card driver suite to make it more modern and easy to navigate. Now we just need our hands on it and the new drivers to see just how it is.

Source: Ars Technica

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