AMD's latest Adrenalin Radeon Software driver package is optimized for F1 2021, the new racing simulation developed by Codemasters, and promises to offer a 26% increase in performance. This is definitely at the top of the type of performance boost that a GPU driver upgrade typically offers.
This figure is based on AMD's own tests (not ours) and specific to playing the game at 1080p in the Ultra High configuration, with a Radeon RX 6800 XT running the program. The rest of the test bench consists of a Ryzen 9 5900X processor and 16 GB of DDR4 memory. Ray tracing is also disabled.
As we have pointed out in our paper F1 2021 review, the game works pretty well at 1080p, even if you're not using the latest hardware.
Of course, your mileage will vary depending on your specific GPU and platform, but at least there’s potential for massive, free performance with the latest AMD driver package (version 21.7.1). He release notes they also claim that you can see up to a 6% increase in performance when playing in 4K and with ray tracing enabled. Not too shabby.
Beyond the performance gain of the F1 2021, the AMD controller is adapted to the company's Radeon RX 6700M and 6600M mobile GPUs. It also contains half a dozen bug fixes. They include:
- An Oculus service error may occur in Radeon RX 5000 and 6000 series graphics products that prevent the Oculus Link configuration software from running.
- Lighting corruption can be experienced in Apex Legends when Radeon Boost is enabled.
- Some users may experience high memory usage by the AMD user experience program.
- A driver mismatch error may occur when two versions of Radeon software (Windows Store and AMD Support versions) are installed on your system.
- Some users may experience more memory usage than expected when running 3DMark Time Spy.
- While playing Carrion, some users may experience image damage when the Anisotropic Filter is enabled.
AMD also lists a number of known issues that have not yet been resolved. One of them affects the Radeon Software Game Compatibility Advisor: It erroneously tells some users that their CPU and / or GPU do not meet the minimum requirements to play certain games, even though their hardware is height.
You can get the driver update using the Radeon Software utility or go to AMD driver download page to grab it and install it manually. If you are using Ryzen Master, be aware that the system may need to be restarted before it appears in the utility (another known issue).