Radeon Image Sharpening support rolls out for select RX 500 and RX 400 GPUs – But not Vega


This one skipped us by somehow last week but AMD has image support for Radeon Image Sharpening to a range of Radeon RX 500 and Radeon RX 400 graphics cards. Radeon Image Sharpening arrived as a Radeon RX 5700 Series-exclusive feature but we’re now seeing it rolled out to AMD’s tail-end. 

Radeon Image Sharpening is a software tool used to improve lost graphics clarity while playing, utilising contrast-adaptive sharpening in conjunction with optional GPU upscaling. This combination helps render detail to provide a sharper looking image with a minimal performance impact.

Overhauled support for Radeon Image Sharpening comes bundled in with the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.2 GPU driver. In addition to the Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT, the feature is now available on Radeon RX 590, Radeon RX 580, Radeon RX 570, Radeon RX 480 and Radeon RX 470 series desktop graphics cards.

Strangely, the Radeon RX Vega series has been skipped entirely, at least for now. Neither the Radeon Rx Vega 56 or Radeon RX Vega 64 is capable of Radeon Image sharpening. A strange oversight which we expect to be fixed sooner rather than later.

It now means, I believe, that more graphics cards support Radeon Image Sharpening than the number of games which do. Clearly it’s early days for the tech and uptake is still fairly limited, but the list of games supported is pretty much just Borderlands 3, Strange Brigade, and F1 2019. I could be wrong though, so do share in the comments if you know any other games which support the feature.

That’s not all for the latest AMD Radeon 19.9.2 graphics card driver though. If you haven’t given it a download yet it also offers up to 16% frame rate improvements in Borderlands 3 for Radeon Rx 5700 users, as well as a handful of fixes and fairly hefty list of known issues to keep an eye out for.

Radeon 19.9.2 GPU Driver Fixed Issues

With v-sync enabled FPS may be locked to 30 on some displays set to 75hz refresh rates. System instability may be experienced on some Radeon RX 5700 series graphics system configurations when watching video content in a web browser. Audio for clips captured by Radeon ReLive may be corrupted or garbled when desktop recording is enabled. Radeon Settings may list core clocks as not available with some Radeon RX 5700 series graphics system configurations. Enabling Enhanced Sync may cause game, application or system crashes on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products.

Radeon 19.9.2 GPU Driver Known Issues

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice may exhibit texture corruption during later parts of the game. Toggling HDR may cause system instability during gaming when Radeon ReLive is enabled. Discord may experience an application hang on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products when HW acceleration is enabled. Display artifacts may be experienced on some 75hz display configurations on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics system configurations. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 may experience stutter on some system configurations. Open Broadcasting Software may experience frame drops or stutter when using AMF encoding on some system configurations. HDMI overscan and underscan options may be missing from Radeon Settings on AMD Radeon VII system configurations when the primary display is set to 60hz. Stutter may be experienced when Radeon FreeSync is enabled on 240hz refresh displays with Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products. AMD Radeon VII may experience elevated memory clocks at idle or on desktop.

You can download the latest AMD Radeon driver directly from AMD or you can update through your current Radeon Adrenalin installation.