In November last year, AMD released a statement on their subreddit after receiving a lot of backlash from the users of AMD Mobile APUs in laptops acknowledging the issue regarding driver updates. A ton of users reported that they received few to no driver updates for the mobile Ryzen + Vega APUs while the desktop products from the company received regular driver software updates.
AMD claimed they understood the situation and replied to the feedback by saying that providing driver software updates is not solely dependent on them but mostly on the OEM who manufactured the device. They asserted they would start working closely with OEMs to release at least two updates a year. Later at CES this year, we were told that AMD was now going to take things in their hands and rather than waiting on laptop manufacturers, they would be providing generic driver software updates in a similar way to desktop CPUs and graphics.
Today, AMD has complied with what they promised the users, they are pushing the Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.3 driver software updates to all Ryzen Mobile APUs. The bigger and better part of it being, from this point onward all software updates rolled out to any Ryzen or Athlon desktop components will be reciprocated to the respective Mobile APU counterparts irrespective of the laptop brand.
AMD has really upped their game in terms of software support, looks like they had been working on this for a very long time. According to the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.3 Highlights, all AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics will see:
- Up to 10% average performance gains with AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.3 vs. 17.40 launch drivers.
- Up to 17% average performance gains in eSports titles with AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.3 vs. 17.40 launch drivers.
These performance gain claims, however, are still to be verified by independent reviewers. Until then, look at these numbers only as marketing material. Nonetheless, laptop users should count this good news as they will be receiving regular driver updates for several years to come.