AMD Radeon 21.12.1 driver brings major Halo Infinite performance gains

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With Halo Infinite campaign launch on the horizon, AMD has pushed out a new driver with heavy optimizations. The Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.12.1 also carries support for Icarus, Blender 3.0 on RX 6000 GPUs, and the upcoming Fortnite update.

AMD gave some numbers on what kind of performance benefits can those on the red team expect from this driver when playing Halo Infinite, seen below. The benefits should apply to the free-to-play multiplayer component of the shooter as well as the upcoming campaign on December 8.

In its internal testing, AMD saw 17%, 19%, and 16% increases to performance on the RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6700 XT graphics cards, respectively with this driver. The tests were done on a system with a Ryzen 9 5900X CPU paired with 16GB RAM and Windows 10. The game was running at 4K using the Ultra preset on all three benchmarks.

Here are the fixed issues in this release:

  • While running SteamVR Home on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ VII Graphics, some users may experience a crash.
  • During Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy™ gameplay, some users may experience driver timeouts on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 5500 XT Graphics.
  • While playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds™ with multiple displays connected in extended mode, Radeon™ Software may become unresponsive when the user is in the lobby and attempts to open Radeon Software on the secondary display via the context menu.
  • Visual corruption may be observed on a vehicle’s logo or license plate number while playing Forza Horizon 5™ on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 500 series Graphics.

Known issues are these:

  • After upgrading to the latest Radeon™ Software, the Power Tuning component of a saved tuning profile may not load correctly when a user imports a previously saved tuning profile.
  • Visual artifacts may be observed while playing Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 6800M Graphics. *AMD is working with the game developers to resolve this issue.
  • 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 Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.12.1 driver is available for Windows 10 and Windows 11, and can now be installed via the Radeon Settings app in the Optional section. A standalone download link is listed on the official release notes page.

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