AMD has finally released the Adrenalin Edition 23.2.1 driver for its Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards. The driver also supports the newer RX 7000 parts, with legacy support going back to RX 400 series and later GPUs. This release is relevant because it’s the first new driver update for RX 6000 and older series parts – previous Adrenaline driver updates were exclusive to the new RX 7000 series. The annual Adrenaline update, including promised features like Hypr-RX, has yet to arrive.
The new driver offers official support for Forspoken and Dead Space games, as well as providing performance improvements of up to 7% in 4K performance in Forspoken, up to 4% in Hogwarts Legacy, and up to 19% in F1 2022, compared to the previous Adrenalin Edition driver released in December 2022.
Moreover, the Adrenalin Edition 23.2.1 driver supports several Vulkan extensions using the MLIR interface on Vulkan. AMD also provided H.264 and H.265 streaming optimization on the Radeon RX 6900 series.
The driver reportedly fixes some problems, including the performance degradation in “Fortnite” and lagging/stuttering in “Sea of Thieves”. Nonetheless, some known bugs still exist, such as the high standby power of Radeon RX 7000-series graphics cards when plugged into high-resolution and high-refresh-rate displays. Some users may still experience slow performance on VR games or applications.
This new driver is expected to provide a better experience for many Radeon RX graphics card users, providing long-awaited features and improved game performance. This is notable, considering the rough time AMD hardware’s had in recent titles like Hogwarts Legacy. Unfortunately, it is plagued by some serious bugs. You can read more about that here: