AMD has finally released the graphics driver for its Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs and older after a two-month-long pause. The last two updates were exclusive to the newly launched Radeon RX 7900 series graphics cards. The Adrenalin Edition 23.2.1 driver offers official support for Forspoken and Dead Space, improving performance by up to 7% at 4K in the former. Hogwarts Legacy and F1 2022 also get a 4% and 19% FPS boost over the existing driver.
Unfortunately, like many of AMD’s previous driver releases, this update can seriously screw things over. Many users have reported corruption of their Windows installation, forcing them to reinstall or reset their operating system. We tried the driver ourselves and faced the same problem.
Upon installing the Adrenalin Edition 23.2.1 driver, Windows initiates a system restart from which it never quite boots up. We ran into a BSOD that throws the “Inaccessible Boot Drive” error. It took a system restore and a complete reinstallation of the Radeon drivers using DDU to eliminate the problem.
It’s rather sad that when AMD finally releases a new graphics driver after a two-month hiatus, it ends up corrupting the Windows files. The company had promised the annual Adrenaline graphics driver with a bunch of “new” features, including Hypr-RX (RSR + Radeon Boost + Anti-lag) in 1H 2023. We’re now halfway into Feb, and there’s still no sign of this title update or FSR 3.0, which introduces Frame Generation like DLSS 3.