AMD released new Radeon drivers with Adrenaline 21.9.1 this week, and there are a few goodies to note this time around for RDNA (RX 5000) and RDNA2 (RX 6000) owners. If you’re one of the AMD fans who bought both a Zen 2 processor and a Radeon RDNA GPU when AMD launched in July 2019, your dedication has just paid off.
According to AMD, its Smart Access Memory technology can now be enabled on RDNA GPUs, provided you have the other necessary hardware to do so. This will require either an Intel 400/500 series motherboard (10th and 11th gen Core) or an AMD 400/500 series card with Zen 2 or Zen 3. You will also need a UEFI flash from your manufacturer. motherboard.
Enabling smart access memory typically increases game performance by a modest percentage. TechSpot calculated an average gain of 3% at 1080p, but it’s important to note that per-game testing varied widely. 10 of 32 games TechSpot tested gained more than 5% performance, while two titles fell as much or more.
Gains drop above 1080p but losses also disappear. The net gain on all games remains 3% according to TS in all three resolutions, with a substantial variation by title. Anyone with an RDNA-based GPU has a fairly modern card and should be in good shape, but the extra 3% is still useful in today’s high price era.
Other new features included in the driver update an automatic overclocking tool if gamers are running both Radeon RX 6000 GPUs and AMD’s Ryzen 5000 processors. According to AMD, Adrenaline 21.9.1 offers combined Ryzen and Radeon overclocking in one tab. This is a separate feature from the various overclocking modes offered for the processor via Ryzen Master or AMD’s Precision Boost Overdrive.
AMD and Intel have both become more and more skilled at squeezing every bit out of their respective chips, but if you’re intending to play with combined overclocking through this new mode and you’ve already made adjustments in Ryzen Master, we recommend that you close RM to avoid potential interference. while testing Radeon Adrenaline’s new overclock mode. AMD’s Zen 2 and Zen 3 processors generally don’t have much headroom and I’m not sure anyone has tested enough RDNA2 GPUs to be sure given how difficult AMD is to provide the sales channel. retail, but the functionality is there for those who can take advantage of it.
Finally, driver version 21.9.1 will also support Windows 11, for those planning a short-term OS upgrade. AMD also expects support for FidelityFX Super Resolution to be added to some existing PC titles, including World War Z: Aftermath, JX3, F1 2021, and No Man’s Sky. Deathloop is also expected to add the feature in the coming weeks.
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