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AMD Release Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Drivers

AMD Radeon Pro delivers new a driver to optimizes your professional graphics investment with quality, performance, security, simplicity, and industry-leading innovation.

This week AMD has released the second quarter update for their Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition drivers. It still continues to provide the reliability, security features, simplicity, and innovations that professionals come to expect for Radeon Pro Software.  Besides with all of that they still increase the performance in leading professional applications. In addition, the 18.Q2 driver adds support for the Windows 10 April 2018 Updates.
The new driver update incorporates Radeon ProRender plug-in on Autodesk 3DS Max and Maya, Blender, Maxon Cinema 4D, and Solidworks. Radeon Pro ReLive – able to record your work for collaboration, presentation, training, and support. Lastly, Virtualized Graphics called AMD MxGPU it lets users effortlessly run professional application on both physical and virtual machines.

AMD Radeon Pro Enterprise Quality Procedure


AMD’s committed to bringing high quality and stability of their driver updates on their Enterprise Edition driver. Their enterprise driver goes through waves of both AMD and OEM partner testing. The extensive wave of testing helps to minimize post-launch issues.
Speaking of bringing high quality to their products. AMD’s ISV application certification has over 80 if the leading applications professional use. Their last 18.Q1 Enterprise Edition driver, they had a 100% pass rate for all the certifications they submitted.

You can learn more about AMD’s commitment to Enterprise Edition quality and ISV application certifications here.

Performance

Their dedication to improving their performance for their GPU. Their Radeon Pro Software driver updates always be continuing doing their performance optimization for it. They have a close technology partnership with ISV application developers, it means you can get new GPU-like performance improvements over the lifetime of your graphics investment, as shown in the chart below.

For the performance improvements that the driver offers, AMD is citing year-over-year uplifts compared to 17.Q2. You can see a notable difference between the last year quarter driver to this year quarter driver update.

Added Security Features

In this year quarter update. They added much better security on protecting your valuable Intellectual Property works. From starting up your workstation up to turning off your computer there will be still security protocols to protect your Intellectual Property. Besides that, they also tackle the virtualization security features.

Dedication On Improving

In delivering the best for their enterprise GPU. They have the Enterprise Edition’s predictable quarterly release schedule for their drivers (targetting the 2nd Wednesday of the 2nd month of each quarter). It makes the IT Managers to plan for their next driver update, with the next Enterprise Edition release scheduled for August 8th, 2018.

To learn more about the Enterprise Edition’s security features, simplicity, and other innovations please visit our Enterprise Edition web page.
Wrapping things up, here is the list of bug fixes, and documented issues for the 18.Q2 driver.
Fixed Issues

  • Radeon™ Pro Overlay may not appear during clone mode with 2 displays.
  • Display issues may appear when creating fullscreen 3×2 AMD Eyefinity Pro display configuration.

Known Issues

  • User may encounter Radeon Software branding and red taskbar icon in professional mode when at least one Radeon Software for Radeon Pro gaming driver is installed.
  • Display issues maybe observed while running Nuke benchmark on AMD FirePro™ W8100 and AMD FirePro™ W9100.
  • User may encounter issues with auto and passive Stereo with Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
  • System may experience hangs on Windows 7 mobile platforms after driver installation with Radeon™ Pro WX 7100.
  • Minor corruption may be seen on model with anti-aliasing modes in Dassault Systèmes ICEMSurf.

VDI Specific Known Issues

  • VM may disconnect when upgrading the driver and unable to connect until reboot.
  • The energy subtest of SPECviewperf® 12.1.1 may not complete in an MxGPU environment.

Feature Support Information

  • Driver Options is available on Microsoft Windows® 10. Always update to the latest gaming drivers to mitigate driver switching issues. This is not available with multi-GPU configurations nor with Radeon™ Pro Duo (“Polaris”). This is not available for mobile platforms.
  • Multi-GPU Eyefinity Pro on Microsoft Windows® 10 is not currently supported on any hardware for Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2.

ISV Certification Notes

  • Due to Maya-MtoA software issue Trac #3142, some Viewport Draw modes for stand-ins draw an infinite line. A workaround is to toggle the Viewport Draw Mode of the stand-in in the Attribute Editor.
  • Autodesk® Maya® 2017/2018 may show gray patch in playback in certain models due Maya issue Maya 41945. Workaround is to click on a different frame on timeline or to click on first frame.
NOTE: This driver is not intended for use on Radeon™ products running in Apple Boot Camp platforms. Users of these platforms should contact their system manufacturer for driver support.
When installing this driver for the Microsoft Windows operating systems, the user must be logged on as Administrator, or have Administrator rights to complete the installation of Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2

 

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