AMD 22.2.2 driver has Warhammer III and Smart Access Memory optimizations

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AMD's second graphics driver update of February has gone live, this time bringing optimizations for Total War: Warhammer III and the Smart Access Memory technology. Aside from carrying the cool little 22.2.2 version number, today's Adrenalin software also marks 20 years of AMD releasing standard driver updates.

Looking at its innards, support for Creative Assembly's Total War: Warhammer III arrives just in time for the game's release, though AMD has not gone into detail about what sort of fixes or optimizations it has performed for the title. Keep in mind this is a recommended install for anyone jumping in with a Radeon graphics card. While Elden Ring is still missing from the supported list, we should see another driver drop by next week for that.

Next up are the AMD Smart Access Memory optimizations, and there are hefty upgrades. Compared to the previous Adrenalin 22.2.1 release, the new driver sports performance boosts of up to 24% on rigs carrying Ryzen CPUs with integrated graphics and Radeon GPUs. Here are the benchmarks straight from AMD:

  • Up to 24% increase in performance in Assassin's Creed Valhalla™ @ 1080p Ultra High settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 9 5900HX and Radeon RX 6800M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1.
  • Up to 23% increase in performance in Battlefield™ 5 @ 1080p Ultra settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 7 5800H and Radeon RX 6600M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1.
  • Up to 18% increase in performance in Borderlands 3™ @ 1080p Badass settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 9 5900HX and Radeon RX 6800M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1.
  • Up to 17% increase in performance in F1® 2021 @ 1080p Ultra High settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 7 5800H and Radeon RX 6600M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1.
  • Up to 12% increase in performance in Gears 5™ @ 1080p High settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 7 5800H and Radeon RX 6600M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1.
  • Up to 11% increase in performance in Fortnite™ @ 1080p Ultra settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 7 5800H and Radeon RX 6600M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1.
  • Up to 10% increase in performance in Cyberpunk® 2077 @ 1080p Ultra settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 9 5900HX and Radeon RX 6800M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1.

While no bug fixes are detailed on the release notes, here are the known issues that AMD is still working on resolving:

  • Some users on Windows® 10 operating system may observe the absence of the windows transparency aero effect.
  • While playing Cyberpunk 2077™ on some AMD Graphics Products such as Radeon® RX 570 Graphics, some users may observe an issue where indoor areas appear darker than expected.
  • Stuttering or lower than expected FPS values may be experienced by some users while playing God of War™ on some AMD Graphics Products such as Radeon® RX 6900 XT Graphics.
  • 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.
  • Radeon performance metrics and logging features may intermittently report extremely high and incorrect memory clock values.

The new Radeon Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 driver is available for download via the standalone links on the release notes page. The Radeon Settings app on Windows also has upgrade options to this driver, with the download appearing in its Optional section.

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