We know AMD has a major driver update planned for its Radeon products in December – rumors have even indicated official ray tracing support could be part of this, but whether that’s true or not, there might also be a seriously smart sounding new feature coming to ramp up frame rates. And this could be particularly useful for less powerful GPUs – with AMD about to launch new budget models, as it happens…
AMD’s Radeon Boost is the feature in question, and it was mentioned in grabs that look like marketing materials which were leaked online (posted on Reddit and Twitter, as spotted by Videocardz). According to the marketing spiel, this feature will ‘turbocharge your game’, so given that and also the name, it’s clearly some kind of performance boosting mode.
pic.twitter.com/4ZyGHgYruFDecember 7, 2019
As you can see above, another image was uncovered introducing the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition, stating that the new package is available for download ‘today’, indicating that this is all part of the aforementioned big December driver launch coming later this month.
So what is AMD Radeon Boost exactly? Obviously we can’t say for sure going by the tiny amount of info gleaned here, which points to little more than the existence of the boost mode.
However, AMD bought a firm called HiAlgo back in 2016, which had developed two major technologies – HiAlgo Chill and HiAlgo Boost. And AMD’s Radeon Chill was introduced at the end of 2016, so it’s a fair guess that Radeon Boost could be the second part of HiAlgo’s technology finally coming to fruition for AMD (albeit with a lot more development and tinkering, evidently).
If this is the case, HiAlgo Boost is essentially a process involving dynamically adjusting the resolution of the game on the fly, otherwise known as adaptive resolution.
In more detail, HiAlgo itself explains that: “Boost intercepts and on the fly modifies commands sent from the game to the graphics card,…