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AMD has released a new preview driver that introduces a range of exciting performance optimizations to its family of Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards. Among them are substantial improvements in select DirectX 11 titles; a new community blog post shared by AMD claims that the new driver will enable performance gains of as high as 30% in titles such as Blizzard’s latest World of Warcraft expansion, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. AMD’s new preview driver also introduces a new version of Radeon Super Resolution (RSR) that features a new “sharpen effect” filter, allowing users to fine-tune the level of sharpness to their satisfaction. A direct link to the preview driver for Windows 10 and Windows 11 64-bit systems can be found here.

  • Far Cry 5 – at 4% gains
  • Farming Simulator 22 – at 3% gains
  • Total War Saga: Troy – at 17% gains
  • Total War Hammer 3 – at 5% gains
  • Watch Dogs Legion – at 10% gains
  • The Witcher 3 – at 3% gains
  • Apex Legends – at 5% gains
  • Overwatch – at 3% gains
  • PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – at 3% gains
  • Valorant – at 7% gains

AMD Software Preview Driver May 2022 Release Notes

Highlights

  • Radeon Super Resolution
    • New “Sharpen Effect” slider that allows you to fine-tune the sharpness effect of RSR to your own desired settings.
  • DirectX 11 optimizations for Radeon RX 6000 series
    • Up to 8% increase in performance in DirectX 11-based games, using AMD Software Preview Driver May 2022 on the Radeon RX 6950 XT, versus the previous software driver version 22.5.1
  • AMD Smart Access Memory optimizations for Death Stranding and Watch Dogs: Legion
    • Up to 10% increase in performance with new SAM optimizations in Death Stranding 1440p Very High settings and up to 13% increase in performance with new SAM optimizations in Watch Dogs: Legion, using AMD Software Preview Driver May 2022 on the Radeon RX 6950 XT, versus AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 22.5.1
    • Up to 12% increase in performance with new SAM optimizations in Death Stranding 1440p Very High settings and up to 24% increase in performance with new SAM optimizations in Watch Dogs: Legion, using AMD Software Preview Driver May 2022 on the Radeon RX 6950 XT, versus AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 22.5.1
    • Up to 6% increase in performance with new SAM optimizations in Death Stranding 1440p Very High settings and up to 6% increase in performance with new SAM optimizations in Watch Dogs: Legion, using AMD Software Preview Driver May 2022 on the Radeon RX 6950 XT, versus AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 22.5.1

Known Issues

  • Visual corruption may be seen in-game menus on Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition using Radeon RX 6000 Series.
  • Some textures may flicker during movement in War Thunder using Radeon RX 6000 Series.
  • Foliage corruption may be seen in The Elder Scrolls Online with ultra pre-set settings using Radeon RX 6000 Series.
  • Performance drop may be experienced while playing Fortnite with Multithreaded Rendering and DirectX 11 API on some AMD Graphics Products such as the Radeon RX 6900 XT Graphics.
  • GPU utilization may be stuck at 100% in Radeon performance metrics after closing games on some AMD Graphics Products such as Radeon 570.
  • Display may flicker black during video playback plus gameplay on some AMD Graphics Products such as the Radeon RX 6700 XT.
  • Using Radeon Super Resolution on 2560×1600 resolution displays may produce a system hang. A temporary workaround is to set the display Scaling Mode to Full Panel.
  • 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.

Source: AMD

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4 comments

  1. 10% improvements are nothing to sneeze at but AMD marketing is something else.

    DX12 became the default WoW renderer in 2018.

    Maybe if this driver supported cards that don't support DX12 but it doesn't.

    Shadowlands was AMD sponsored for DX12 and ray-traced shadows.
  2. FFXIV the bigger MMO is still DX11. <-- You can thank crap wow expansions for that.

    Many software titles are still DX11.

    But you're right the new hotness is DX12 why waste time on making DX11 better....
  3. I think this is a case where the headline doesn’t really match the content. And I’m as guilty as most at just reading the headlines and jumping into the discussion.
  4. What I think is interesting is all of the gains around SAM aka BAR. It used to be a detriment on some games but it was like 1-2% now it is just getting better and better... like all AMD drivers and such. At least so far.

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