Graphics processing unit manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has launched a beta version of its new software driver called the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute.
The software is designed mainly to improve the performance of GPUs that are used in cryptocurrency mining, e.g. Ethereum mining.
According to the report, the driver is provided as a beta level support driver which "should be considered "as is" and will not be supported with further updates, upgrades or bug fixes". On top of that, the driver is not intended for graphics or gaming workloads.
Instead, as the company details, this new driver has an optimized performance especially for blockchain compute workloads.
As for the compatibility, Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute is compatible with the following AMD Radeon products:
Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute compatibility
As techpowerup.com speculates, AMD "took it upon themselves to release this driver due to AMD's well documented DAG performance decrease for Ethereum mining hashrates". Thus, according to Legit Reviews, the Radeon RX 480 went from an expected 14.8 MH/s at DAG #199 (down from 24.6 MH/s at DAG #130) to a prospective 24.8 MH/s DAG #199 performance according to Claymore's benchmark script. Performance improvements from the non-blockchain-geared driver release seem to stand at around 10-15%, which is pretty for a beta release.