Since 2014 AMD has been following the tradition of releasing new performance and usability features in their December driver, and 2016 was no exception. Among the myriad of new features and enhancements, was also one that passed almost unnoticed, called Radeon Chill.
Stemming from AMD's acquisition of HiAlgo earlier in 2016, it offers the possibility of huge power and thermal savings while gaming, by monitoring screen movement and adjusting the frame rate accordingly. There is even the claim that it could also reduce response times since the GPU is not occupied with rendering as often.
Its only issue: it's not global, and it's based on a white list of applications to function. But fear not, for we are here. Using a trick as old as operating systems themselves, you can try to make it work with every title. Let's see how to do that.
Step One: Activate Radeon Chill.Doing that is fairly easy. Right click on your desktop and select "Radeon Settings":
|AMD Radeon Settings should be right on your desktop.|
Then navigate to Gaming -> Global Settings -> Global Overdrive. Accept the terms of the EULA, if you haven't already, and scroll to the bottom of the window where the Chill option and its setting reside. Enable the toggle, check the shortcut, and don't forget to press "Apply" on the top of the window for the change to take place.
Chill is activated from the toggle in the bottom of the Global Overdrive page. You can also change its shortcut from here.
After you activate it, comes the tricky part.
Step Two: Rename your game's Executable.
Since it's based on a white list, whatever game you want to use it with needs to be in your games list in the "Games" tab. In our case I tested it with Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain. The .exe of the game is mgsvtpp.exe. I kept a copy of it which I renamed to FCPrimal.exe, which is Far Cry Primal's executable, a title that already supports Chill.
Step Three: Add it to Crimson Control Panel as a game profile.Do add the game there you just use the "Add" button in the Gaming tab of Crimson, there you navigate into the folder of the game you want added (Metal Gear V, in our case) and you select the renamed executable. The driver will recognize it as the fake one (in our case the profile has the Metal Gear V icon, but the Far Cry Primal name), and you can adjust the range of the motion-based frame rate you desire like so:
|I already had Far Cry Primal installed, and I had two profiles with the same name. The driver seems to recognize them fine despite that.|
If one game executable doesn't seem to be doing the job with the title you care about, you can always try some of the ones in the white list.
So, in short: Find the game you want to use chill with, keep a copy of its .exe and rename it to one of the executables in the supported list, add it to the Crimson control panel and test.
For your own experimentation and convenience, we have accompanied AMD's white list with the executable names of the games themselves so you don't have to look around for them and testing is as easy as possible. Share your tests with us!
|Game Title Whitelist||API||Executable Name|
|1||Team Fortress 2||DX9||hl2.exe|
|3||Counter Strike Global Offensive||DX9||csgo.exe|
|7||Far Cry Primal||DX11||FCPrimal.exe|
|8||Deus Ex: Mankind Divided||DX11||DXMD.exe|
|9||Warframe||DX11||Warframe.exe / Warframe.x64.exe|
|10||Dark Souls III||DX11||DarkSoulsIII.exe|
|11||The Witcher 3||DX11||witcher3.exe|
|12||Far Cry 4||DX11||FarCry4.exe|
|13||PlanetSide 2||DX9||Planetside2.exe / Planetside2_x64.exe|
|14||World of Warcraft||DX9/DX11||Wow.exe / Wow-x64.exe|
|15||Rise of the Tomb Raider||DX11||ROTTR.exe|
|16||Tomb Raider (2013)||DX9/DX11||TombRaider.exe|
|17||The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||DX9||TESV.exe|