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AMD Radeon 21.2.1 driver delivers hefty optimizations for The Medium

AMD graphics users now have another driver waiting for them, as the red teaming came out with the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.2.1 suite today. Just like the AMD driver from last month, this one still sports the 'Adrenalin 2020' name tag. It's unclear when will the yearly feature revamp and name refresh come through this time.

There is only one major change listed for this driver, which is the optimization of The Medium, Bloober Team's latest psychological horror game. According to AMD's testing, today's 21.2.1 driver can improve performance by a whopping 9% compared to machines using the previous driver. The testing had been done on an RX 6800XT GPU with the game running at 4K high settings.

The dual-reality title released on January 28, so any AMD graphics users facing performance issues will want to jump on this driver to see how it fares.

AMD has also fixed several issues with this release, them being:

  • 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.
  • Screen flickering might be observed when using MSI Afterburner.
  • Radeon™ recording and streaming features may fail to enable on AMD Radeon™ HD 7800 series graphics products.
  • Some models may fail to render or may render incorrectly when using SketchUp™ on Radeon RDNA graphics products.
  • Some Samsung™ CRG9 series displays may experience a black screen when waking from sleep.
  • Metro Exodus™ may experience intermittent application crashes with DirectX® Raytracing enabled.
  • Video playback on secondary displays may experience stutter while playing Doom Eternal™ on the primary display.

The known issues are the following:

  • Hitman 3™ may experience an application crash in the Apex Predator mission on Radeon RX 6000 series graphics products.
  • Radeon FreeSync may fail to enable in Forza Horizon 4™.
  • AMD is currently investigating end user reports that Radeon Software may sometimes have higher than expected CPU utilization, even when a system is at idle. Users who are experiencing this issue are encouraged to file a bug report in Radeon Software.
  • Brightness flickering may intermittently occur in some games or applications when Radeon™ FreeSync is enabled, and the game is set to use borderless fullscreen.
  • 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 21.2.1 optional driver can now be downloaded via the Radeon Settings app on Windows or via the links on the official release notes page.

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