AMD Crimson

Thanks to some leaked presentation slides, it’s now known that AMD will be introducing a game recording tool to their Crimson driver suite. Similar to Nvidia’s Shadowplay, it’ll allow AMD GPU users to record gameplay and (if desired) broadcast it through the usual suspects of YouTube, Twitch and so on.

The Radeon ReLive feature list is summarised as follows: Radeon ReLive Overlay/Toolbar, Instant Replay, Record, Stream, Screenshot, and “many configuration options”. In some accompanying figures performance cost (with a 480 at least) appears pretty minimal, in the range of 3-4 frames per second. Those are AMD’s own figures of course, and will undoubtedly vary across different pieces of hardware.

In addition to ReLive, AMD will be introducing something called Radeon Chill. This feature will dynamically scale down power consumption and GPU usage during undemanding scenes in games, then ramp it up again when necessary. The accompanying material suggests it will work best “where frame rates are very high, with relatively easy GPU workloads like eSports games.” At release it will be compatible with DirectX 9, 10 and 11 titles; with AMD stating they’re looking into Vulkan and DX12 support.

Further to all that, WattMan (the overclocking and power regulation features present for 400 series AMD cards) will be coming to some 300/200 series cards. Looks like the R9 Fury, R9 390s, R9 380s, R9 290s, R9 285s, R9 260s, R7 360s, and R7 260s will all be getting WattMan support.

The ReLive driver update is scheduled for release on 8 December. Those other features, presumably, will follow in further driver releases.

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