AMD today delivered its first graphics driver of 2021, providing support and optimizations for two games in particular: Hitman 3 and Quake II RTX. The newly released Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.1.1 driver also comes with a suite of bug fixes. It doesn't appear as though AMD is changing the branding of its driver just yet.
IO Interactive's Hitman 3 launched yesterday, bringing back Agent 47 for another round of assassinations in the rebooted trilogy. According to AMD, this driver will provide performance improvements of up to 10% compared to the 20.12.1 driver. The testing had been done on an RX 6800 XT 16GB GPU and a Ryzen 9 5900X CPU with Hitman 3 running at 4K Ultra settings.
Moreover, Quake II RTX recently received Vulkan-powered ray tracing support, allowing the newest-gen AMD GPUs to utilize the technology. Thanks to the official support for the game embedded in this driver, AMD graphics card owners' experience in the title should now be smoother. No specific performance numbers were shared for the title, however.
The fixed issues in this release detailed by AMD are as follows:
- The recording and streaming overlay indicator may sometimes reset itself to the default position.
- Performance Metrics Overlay size may intermittently reset or may not match values that are set in Radeon Software after performing a task switch.
- The Radeon Software installer screen can sometimes display the incorrect release date of the Radeon Software version you are installing.
- Performance Metrics Overlay may flicker during video playback on displays with HDR enabled.
- Reflections in Grand Theft Auto V™ may fail to appear when ‘Reflection MSAA’ is enabled in the game settings.
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds™ session timer may continue in Radeon Software even after the game has been exited.
- DOOM Eternal™ may experience an application crash while gaming and having Steam™ overlay enabled.
- Recorded content from Radeon Software may appear cropped or recorded at an incorrect resolution on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.
- The Samsung™ Odyssey G9 C49G95T may experience display or corruption issues when set to 5120x1440@240hz.
- Anisotropic Filtering in Radeon™ Software graphics settings is not taking effect in DirectX®9 applications on RDNA graphics products.
- Some displays such as the Sceptre C series or Samsung™ Odyssey G9 series may experience an intermittent black screen on Radeon RX 6000 series graphics products.
- Oculus Link users may experience intermittent crashes on Polaris and Vega series graphics products.
The known issues list has gotten noticeably smaller this time:
- Brightness flickering may intermittently occur in some games or applications when Radeon™ FreeSync is enabled, and the game is set to use borderless fullscreen.
- Display flicker or corruption may be experienced when two displays are connected to Radeon RX Vega series graphics products with at least one display set to a high refresh rate.
- Metro Exodus™ may experience intermittent application crashes with DirectX® Raytracing enabled.
- Radeon™ recording and streaming features may fail to enable on AMD Radeon™ HD 7800 series graphics products.
- Screen flickering might be observed when using MSI Afterburner.
- Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
The Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.1.1 optional driver can now be downloaded through AMD's Radeon Software app on Windows or using the links listed on the official release notes here.