AMD Unveils Crimson Edition, A New Major Update To Catalyst Omega
Each year AMD strives to bring its users an improved and streamlined driver support experience through a massive update to the driver support control center, AMD Catalyst. Last year, it was in the form of a major update known as Catalyst Omega and continuing that tradition, the company has now released a new major overhaul, Crimson Edition.
A new version isn’t the only change however since the name Catalyst Control Center has also been replaced by Radeon Software, making the new update Radeon Software Crimson Edition.
The release of Omega was met with mixed reactions and many people considered it too confusing and a hassle which is why one of the major goals AMD was aiming to achieve with Crimson was its user experience, to ensure that even the most inexperienced person could be able to use the software without any issues. Judging by the looks of the new software, AMD might have actually achieved that goal.
Another big issue that plagues such software support centers is the speed. Even Nvidia’s GeForce Experience can sometimes take a very long time just to start up let alone allow full navigation and tweaks. Whether AMD has realized this or not remains to be seen.
But seeing the very Windows “Metro” like UI design, it is highly possible that speed might not be an issue for Crimson especially since the new software was designed with Qt, an open source framework instead of the usual .NET, however the actual results remain to be seen.
Another pretty handy feature included in Crimson is that it allows users to tweak their GPU settings, overlock and adjust power limits separately for each game. That means if it’s a pretty heavy game, users can play it with an overlocked GPU and when they stop playing or switch to a much simpler title that doesn’t require a lot of power, the GPU should automatically revert to stock settings.
There is no fixed date yet on the release of Crimson but it should be available before the year ends.