Finding themselves under some fire as of late for driver quality, AMD has released their second Radeon driver update for February. Focused on improving driver stability, today's release, 20.2.2, incorporates a number of quality-of-life fixes for the drivers, including resolving system hangs and Chrome issues.

As this is essentially a bugfix driver, there are no new features to speak of. Instead, AMD’s focus, according to their release notes, is all about cataloging and fixing various driver bugs. Along with immediate stability issues, the drivers also make note of fixing issues with The Witcher 3, Metro Exodus, AMD's software overlay, and Battlefield V.

As always, AMD’s latest drivers can be found on their driver download page.

  • Performing a task switch with some Radeon Software features enabled or some third-party applications with hardware acceleration running in the background may cause a system hang or black screen.
  • Improvements have been made that allow for more responsive fan ramp up or fan ramp down times on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Performance Metrics Overlay and Radeon WattMan incorrectly report lower than expected clock speeds on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products during gaming workloads.
  • When Instant Replay is enabled, a TDR or black screen may occur when launching games or applications.
  • A black screen may occur when toggling HDR on in the game settings of Battlefield™ V.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt™ may experience an application hang or black screen during certain parts of the game or intermittently during gameplay.
  • Some video content in Chrome™ may appear as a black screen or be unresponsive on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products when hardware acceleration is enabled.
  • Metro Exodus™ may experience an application hang or TDR when choosing some specific dialogue prompts in the Sam’s Story DLC.
  • Grand Theft Auto™ V may experience an application crash when invoking Radeon Software’s overlay with third party OSD applications running.
  • Monster Hunter World™: Iceborne may experience intermittent crashes while idle or on the character creation screen.
  • Some games colors may appear washed out when HDR mode has been enabled in game and Windows® on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products
  • After a Factory Reset installation with the ‘Keep My Settings’ option chosen, Instant Replay could fail to function if it was enabled in the previous Radeon Software installation.
  • When invoking Radeon Software’s overlay while a game is open users may observe flickering in the game or in the Radeon Software interface.
  • Radeon Software may experience a crash and error message when locking Windows® or performing a sleep or hibernate with the Radeon Software Streaming tab open.
  • A loss of display with working audio may be experienced on a limited number of displays when performing a mode change on Radeon RX 5000 series graphics products.
  • Radeon Software may fail to launch if Radeon Software’s overlay is disabled and a game is running in the background.
  • Battlefield™ V may experience an application hang or TDR after extended periods of play.
  • Some Origin™ games may fail to be detected or may detect the incorrect game title in Radeon Software.
  • Some productivity applications are being detected and listed in the Radeon Software games tab.
  • The Radeon Chill hotkey could sometimes continue to remain enabled once the user has removed or disabled the hotkey.
  • Red Dead Redemption™ 2 may exhibit blocky textures on snow covered terrain.
  • After resuming from sleep, Chrome™ may experience an application crash if video content was previously playing on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.
  • Radeon FreeSync status in Radeon Software may sometimes fail to update when enabling or disabling the feature through the display itself.
  • Fortnite™ may experience an application crash on Radeon RX 500 series Hybrid Graphics system configurations.

Source: AMD

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  • timecop1818 - Friday, February 28, 2020 - link

    AMD: bugs, bugs, and more bugs.
  • Litzner - Saturday, February 29, 2020 - link

    Well I have tried it. I am running Vega. First and foremost I had to drop the clock on my card a small amount, as I immediately experienced artifacting with this driver. Then after more extensive testing I had to roll back, 3 completely different games on 3 completely different engines were crashing in exactly the same manner. Rolled back to a Adrenaline 2019 driver package and all the problems went away. I doubt AMD will ever revert the 2020 control center, but it is universally hated, not only for stability but also for bloat, complexity, and overall design. As much as it pains me I am leaning towards nVidia for my next card, even if I have to pay more for the same performance.
  • lefty2 - Saturday, February 29, 2020 - link

    Looking at comments on reddit you seem to be alone. For most people new update was a huge improvement:
  • haukionkannel - Saturday, February 29, 2020 - link

    So situation is getting better. Good to know!
  • silencer12 - Saturday, February 29, 2020 - link

    I am on a RX 580 and no problems at all. :)
  • StevoLincolnite - Saturday, February 29, 2020 - link

    Just checked. My Radeon RX 580 drivers are 1 and a half~ years out of date.
    Not updating though, because it's solid as a rock and meets my performance needs and expectations.
  • Cellar Door - Sunday, March 1, 2020 - link

    This is simply untrue - check the AMD subreddit. No one has issues thus far with the new driver.

    Also the new GUI is very nice, sound like you re simply afraid of change. In which case the old school nvidia control panel is still around. Sell your Vega if is giving you issues.
  • del42sa - Monday, March 2, 2020 - link

    indeed, that´s AMD
  • Korguz - Monday, March 2, 2020 - link

    timecop1818, is that you ??
  • Guspaz - Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - link

    AMD has had buggy graphics drivers for decades. It's always been this way. I vaguely recall back in the Radeon 9700 days, ATI (this was before the AMD buyout) promised that they were going to change how they did driver development to solve their buggy driver issues.

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