Although AMD’s Ryzen desktop APUs released back in February with the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G, official driver support has been limited to the inaugural WHQL launch drivers for quite some time. Finally, late this week AMD has released Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Q2 2018 WHQL, featuring support for not only the Ryzen desktop APUs but also for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Originally teased by AMD’s James Prior during his AMA hosted on the AnandTech forums, it also appears that this release is a unified driver for APUs and discrete GPUs.

That being said, AMD is being somewhat inconsistent about whether Adrenalin Q2 2018 is to be considered a unified graphics driver applying to discrete Radeon products. The official release notes and desktop APU drivers index indicate compatibility only with the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G. Meanwhile, AMD has offhandedly referred to Q2 2018 package as a unified driver, and users elsewhere have reported successful installation of the driver on other APUs and discrete GPUs; the driver INF file itself shows support for a range of processors, including Carrizo, Polaris, and desktop Vega graphics. And to that end we've had no problem installing it alongside parts like the RX Vega 64.

In any case, an official 18.5.1 release might yet be pending; an Adrenalin Edition 18.5.1 release notes page remains reserved on the AMD site, while an earlier version of the Q2 2018 page referred itself as 18.5.1. As Adrenalin Q2 2018 is a WHQL certified driver with support for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, which contrasts to 18.4.1’s beta support for the April Update, this would be a useful distinction for those who keep to WHQL packages.

Moving onto the driver itself, the documentation only notes three bugfixes:

  • Destiny 2 may experience increasing load time durations when the game is run for extended periods of time.
  • Tearing may be observed in some borderless fullscreen games on Radeon FreeSync enabled displays when Radeon Software performance metrics is enabled.
  • Radeon ReLive streaming or uploading of videos to Facebook may intermittently fail.

Adrenalin Q2 2018 also notes a selected list of open issues:

  • BSOD may be encountered when launching Radeon Settings if the system was not rebooted after driver installation.  
    • Workaround: Reboot the system
  • Radeon Chill game specific profiles may remain applied when Radeon Chill is globally disabled.
  • Some games may experience minor stuttering during gameplay when the Radeon ReLive Instant Replay feature is enabled and FRTC is also enabled.
  • Radeon Settings video profiles may fail to enable for some video content on Chrome or Firefox.
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 may experience UI flickering or disappearing on the extreme or high quality presets when using DirectX11 API.
  • Radeon Overlay may not show all available features when some games are run in borderless fullscreen mode.
  • The Witcher 3 may experience stuttering during gameplay.

Last week, AMD had clarified that a future WHQL-certified driver would be bringing production-ready PlayReady 3.0 support, after the release of beta PlayReady 3.0 support for Polaris GPUs in 18.4.1 (driver version On that matter, Adrenalin Q2 2018 (driver version 18.10.02) documentation did not mention any PlayReady updates, though presumably still enables PlayReady 3.0 capability on Polaris.

The updated drivers for AMD’s desktop, mobile, and integrated GPUs are available through the Radeon Settings tab or online at the AMD driver download page. More information on these updates and further issues can be found in the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Q2 2018 release notes.

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  • HStewart - Monday, August 20, 2018 - link

    It been awhile for this message - just curious about GPU performance in the Laptop - keep in mind I am extremely happy with Performance of CPU on the Dell XPS 15 2in1 and for most situation the GPU does find - Adobe is fine. Lightwave 3D is fine, Vue 2016 has trouble and Steam VR stuff does not cd the AMD GPU. Yes the driver is AMD interface with Intel name on it.

    "Anyways, step outside Windows into Open source world and you will find AMD is worshiped there because of their dedicated support for Linux and other such drivers."

    I don't care about Open Source Linux world. did a quick search and it looks like for gaming you might be right, but outside of gaming Intel.

    Even though I never planning to put Linux on my 15 2in1, it looks like the Linux drivers for this computer are not available
  • Dragonstongue - Saturday, May 19, 2018 - link

    the only issue I currently have using any "crimson" based driver (whatever you want to call it, is that the clock speeds do not drop properly when they should or do not go up when they should either LOL.

    granted am nut using newest best stuff (be damned if I pay 25-150% over MSRP for anything)

    tried using first crimson all the way to 18.4.1 (the april driver) could not launch its control panel at all, and basically could not force control clock speeds for GPU because of this.

    I prefer afterburner because can create multiple profiles which cannot do with wattman not via previous CCC, however, setting a clock does not force lock it either which is crap (I wish it was not this way)

    I personally would rather have it "sluggish" but listen to the settings I use rather than override my settings and jump core or mem clock settings as it sees fit.

    I hope at some point in the near future they have a finer grained user attentive control on the voltage-core-mem clocks for Radeon drivers.

    base example, I can "force" my 7870 to 525/600 (core/mem) at .856v it actually uses less power than the lowest clock rate the card is capable of 150/300 at .836v (which is messed up, but I have tested this before) but the moment any "load" is pushed it will auto clock to 400/1200 @ .900 volts or full 3d load will try and clock up to 1050/1200 @ 1.219v (way overvolted for nothing)

    Used to be able to "force" all time clock rates, but since I think it was driver sets 10 or 11 something or other can no longer do this which just sucks, makes potential ability to keep power/thermals in check a losing battle.

    <3 AMD have for many years now, have not used nor will ever personally use and Ngreedia product again for many reasons, would be nice if the Radeon team added all those "little extras"

    Also, EVGA is ditching DVD drivers instead will be using USB from now on...AMD and their partners should be doing this as well, might have been able to avoid purchases of 2200/2400g from needing a "bootkit" being sent out ^.^
  • campcreekdude - Sunday, May 20, 2018 - link

    I had sticky clock issues with my 7970 and I kept creating support tickets and updating drivers until they fixed it. When its working fine another reason not to update. Reply
  • haplo602 - Monday, May 21, 2018 - link

    Fine, so I have a new driver I can try to force-install on my Ryzen 2500u mobile part ... Still waiting on ANY kind of official new driver for the laptop parts since launch ... Reply
  • haplo602 - Monday, May 21, 2018 - link

    So I had the chance to give it a try, looks stable, so far the best performance in Unigine Superposition for me ... Reply
  • risa2000 - Monday, May 21, 2018 - link

    Then it is strange that the very note that you linked in the article is explicitly saying that the drivers are compatible "with the following products." without actually giving any.

    The following paragraph related to "AMD Ryzen™ Desktop Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics Compatibility" seems to be only addressing some particularities.

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