Avoid AMD 16.7.3 Drivers: Corruption, Hard Crashes, & OC Limit
Reports are coming in about AMD 16.7.3 drivers limiting memory overclocking to 2050MHz from the normal 2250MHz. After testing, it was found that AMD 16.7.3 drivers caused blue screens and hard crashes. It is advised that users stick to 16.7.2 drivers or roll back if need be.
Upon asking AMD about the problem, AMD responded by saying that they were looking into the problem to see whether it was a problem at all which means that they have still not confirmed from their end that it is an issue.
Following issues on 16.7.3 that are not present on 16.7.2:
- Limitation on memory overclocking (down to 2050MHz ceiling from 2250MHz; for perspective, we previously hit 2200MHz stable on our memory OC). This is a minor issue as it barely impacts FPS, but one which should certainly be resolved as it eats into the fun of overclocking.
- Hard crashes and system locks during gaming, specifically GTA V. The game will completely freeze, and all input fails to interrupt the freeze. The system must be reset by a switch.
- As a result of the above, we have received blue screens and prompted auto-recoveries during reboot. Note that we were never faced with a dead OS, and were able to eventually get back into the system by rebooting one more time.
- Fail to colored (white, green, cream, etc.) screen on the desktop. Complete system lock that requires a hard reboot to recover.
Of course, this was not done on purpose and the company is not trying to limit overclocking. As soon as AMD can figure out why this problem is there, we will see a fix for the AMD 16.7.3 drivers. Till then, stick to the older drivers or revert back if you need to do that. You are better off on the older drivers for now.
Have you had this problem with the AMD 16.7.3 drivers?