AMD Radeon 21.7.2 driver adds support for Chernobylite and more Vulkan extensions

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AMD today brought forth another driver update for its graphics cards in the form of Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.7.2. It's not a jam-packed release, but it does include support for Chernobylite, the science fiction survival game from The Farm 51 team, along with a couple of more Vulkan API extensions, and bug fixes.

Chernobylite is launching out of Early Access this week on PC, and those with graphics cards from the red team will want to upgrade to the latest driver for optimal performance. Unfortunately, AMD has not provided any data on the exact improvements users can expect.

The handful of bug fixes included in this driver are these:

  • Game Compatibility advisor in AMD Radeon™ Software may incorrectly advise some users their CPU and/or GPU do not meet the minimum requirements to play some games. If some users are still experiencing this issue, reinstall or upgrade your driver and perform a factory reset. Learn more from AMD here on performing a factory reset.
  • If a Blue or Black screen is observed in mobile systems, temporarily disable Enhanced sign-in.
  • Resident Evil Village™ may experience an intermittent application hang or TDR on AMD Radeon™ VII graphics products in the first mission of the game.
  • A Blue or Black screen may be observed after updating to the latest Radeon™ Software when core isolation is enabled.

Known issues to keep an eye out for are as follows:

  • Driver timeouts may be experienced while playing a game & streaming a video simultaneously on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 500 Series Graphics.
  • Users may experience difficulties ending a recording session on Open Broadcaster Software™ when recording in H265/HEVC codec on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 6800XT.
  • AMD Radeon™ Software may crash or become unresponsive while playing some DirectX® 11 games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds™ with multiple displays connected in extended mode.
  • Playing Horizon Zero Dawn™ for an extended period may lead to a driver timeout or game crash on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon™ RX 6700 XT.
  • 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.
  • Connecting two displays with large differences in resolution/refresh rates may cause flickering on Radeon™ RX Vega series graphics products.
  • Radeon performance metrics and logging features may intermittently report extremely high and incorrect memory clock values.

AMD Link for Windows Known Issues

  • Intermittent grey frame corruption might be observed when streaming with HEVC on certain configurations via an Internet connection. A workaround is to use the AVC encoding setting instead.

Details on the Vulkan extensions can be found on the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.7.2 release notes page here. The driver is now available for download on 64-bit Windows 10 systems via the Radeon Software app on Windows in the optional section. Links for standalone installations can also be found on the above release notes.

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