AMD Blockchain Driver – driver overview, installation instructions

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It’s no secret that AMD’s video cards are actively used by miners to extract digital currencies. Specially for such tasks, developers from Radeon Technologies Group have created a unique driver package that should significantly improve the performance of AMD-based AMD processors.

Download link:

https://github.com/CrazyMining/AMD-Driver/blob/master/AMD.rar?raw=true

The new driverpack was named Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute. The drivers for the mining are released in several versions for Windows 7 and Windows 10. The software supports almost all popular Radeon video cards, which are actively used for the production of crypto currency (starting from the HD 7700 series and beyond).

At once it is necessary to emphasize that the new driver is beta-release, which is not intended for full graphic or game loads. Consequently, the chip maker is releasing “raw” software.

In the future, AMD does not plan to work on optimizing and finalizing the drivers, the errors will not be eliminated either. Therefore, we can say with full confidence that this is the first and last driverpack for miners.

What is AMD Blockchain Driver for?

Initially, the release of the updated software for the Blockchain Compute video card was carried out to integrate support for the Vega series graphics line. Software was released on August 23, 2017, the program is the latest version of the driver, which is optimized for the intellectual analysis of digital currency. Support for almost all popular AMD cards of the last several generations has been implemented.

A detailed description of the main features and features of AMD Blockchain Driver is available on the official developer page. Links to download you will find there too.

Speaking directly about the effect of installing the updated version of the beta driver, first of all, the problem with increasing the size of the DAG-file is solved. Often, such errors occur during the extraction of the Ethereum crypto currency.

Mining performance is smoothly reduced due to the fact that the size of the DAG-file grows, exceeding the capacity of the video memory of the AMD card. Previously, users had to move external memory to the internal memory. The end result is that graphical processes began to show a smaller hash when mining Ethereum. The production rate fell by about 4-5 MH / s.

The special driver will noticeably improve processing of the increased requirements for video memory, so it will save the performance of the GPU-device and the initial hashing indicator. In principle, the results of testing the program were ambiguous, but certain improvements in performance are absolutely certain. Either way, after installing the driver, the user will receive 2-5 MH / s extra. However, take into account that the increase in capacity will entail an increase in the amount of electricity consumed.

Note that if you plan to install this driverpack, do not edit the VBIOS default value by default. At the same time, install and use Pixel Clock Patcher, which will solve the issue of driver configuration.

Downloading and installing the new driver

Download link:

https://github.com/CrazyMining/AMD-Driver/blob/master/AMD.rar?raw=true

Initially, you need to download all the necessary programs. Follow the step-by-step instructions:

To download AMD clean Uninstall Utility please follow the link below. You can use DDU (Display Driver Uninstaller), for this option you need to familiarize yourself with the instructions of the AMD program that is in this archive.

The latest AMD Beta Blockchain Compute driver is available at this link below. It is important to install the correct version for the OS.

The network will not make it difficult to find the pixel Patcher.

After these actions, all files are downloaded, proceed to installation.

You must remove the preinstalled drivers. The most accessible approach is a utility from AMD with full removal.

To load the utility, you need to activate the “AMDCleanupUtility.exe” file, which will automatically start after the confirmation of uninstalling the driver. The utility will provide information about the end of the uninstall process and will prompt you to restart the PC. Click on “no” because you need to perform one more action.

Before restarting the PC, go to the root directory of the local drive C. Locate the AMD folder, and delete it. This is the folder into which the AMD software extracts the files. Despite this, you will need to delete this folder, as it is recreated and populated with new files during the installation of new drivers.

After removing the AMD folder, restart the PC.

Users can use one trick. When the system reboots, you must disconnect the LAN cable. This prevents a possible automatic reboot of the operating system and the installation of a new driver package before the system boots.

This step is considered optional. Because there are all the files needed to download. Connecting to the network is required to perform the following actions.

Let’s start by examining the installation of graphics drivers. When the user reboots the PC, open the Downloads folder. Double click on the AMD driver installation file. We call it: “Win10-64Bit-Crimson-ReLive-Beta-Blockchain-Workloads-Aug23.exe”.

The installation files are extracted to the created AMD folder, which was previously deleted by us. The user can choose another location if desired, but by default this directory is selected. Click on “Install”.

The program extracts the installation files to the folder specified in the screenshot above. The execution time depends on the performance of the operating system and hardware. When all the files are extracted, the program prompts you to install the driver files.

You will need to accept the page conditions, as in the screenshot below, before proceeding with the installation.

The software will perform a system scan to calculate the space for the GPUs. It all depends on the speed of the system. When the installation is completed, an image will appear on the screen as in the screenshot below.

You can click on the “express installation”, which is most often set by default. Alternatively, you can choose a custom installation, where you yourself need to select the components for a personal installation.

The most commonly chosen is a custom installation. Users prefer Wattman drams, GPU control. There are those who choose third-party programs: Wattool, or Afterburner. It happens that saving AMD Wattman causes a conflict, you need to remove it.

If the user wishes to install the HDMI Audio Driver, you must select the default setting.

When the files are installed, the program prompts you to restart the PC. Click on “No” and on “Close” in the lower right corner.

Testing the changes

To correctly complete the driver installation process, before restarting the PC, run the previously downloaded pixel patcher. This software is used to prevent problems with editing DAG files.

Consider the fact that if you did not change the default settings for the video card in the BIOS, then you can not use the pixel patcher at all and reboot the computer immediately after installing the Locked Driver.

Let’s start testing. We extract the contents of the previously downloaded patcher archive to the desktop or to a separate directory. After that, you need to run the executable file – AMDdriver.exe. As a result, the program will start.

If you want to get test results without checking the signature, then just rename the program’s startup file to make it look like it’s shown in the screenshot. This is done to correct the BIOS signature verification and to ignore the additional parameters.

Run the program again, select the “found” command for the BIOS signature check command. Then click “OK”, applying the settings.

When the pixel patcher is implemented, you can safely reboot the computer. If the user has previously disconnected the Ethernet cable, now it’s time to connect it back.

Checking ATI Drivers is not much different from testing similar software from other developers. When the computer restarts, perform a quick check by running the Device Manager (click on the Windows icon and select the device manager in the menu that opens). Open the “Video adapters” section. It is important that the video cards connected to the PC are displayed, and the operating system does not issue any warnings.

When the pixel patcher is implemented, you can safely reboot the computer. If the user has previously disconnected the Ethernet cable, now it’s time to connect it back.

Checking ATI Drivers is not much different from testing similar software from other developers. When the computer restarts, perform a quick check by running the Device Manager (click on the Windows icon and select the device manager in the menu that opens). Open the “Video adapters” section. It is important that the video cards connected to the PC are displayed, and the operating system does not issue any warnings.