AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition

AMD outs Radeon Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.3.1 with RX 6700 support, stress testing tool

AMD released the Radeon Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.3.1 non WHQL driver which carries some promising updates. This includes the newly launched Radeon RX 6700 GPU support and support for DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part Two. What did catch my eye, was the inclusion of its newly built in-house Performance Tuning Stress Test Tool.

Built-in stress testing tool

AMD Radeon Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.3.1 Stress Testing Tool

The built-in stress testing tool is a great addition to such software. This way, end users can stress test can their Radeon card’s overclocks on the utility. Usually, people use other stress testing and diagnostic software like MSI Kombuster and MSI Afterburner. This update helps to make the Adrenalin software a complete package. That said, this AMD’s stance with overclocking and warranty:

Overclocking AMD processors, including without limitation, altering clock frequencies/multipliers or memory timing/voltage, to operate beyond their stock specifications will void any applicable AMD product warranty, even when such overclocking is enabled via AMD hardware and/or software. This may also void warranties offered by the system manufacturer or retailer. Users assume all risks and liabilities that may arise out of overclocking AMD processors, including, without limitation, failure of or damage to hardware, reduced system performance and/or data loss, corruption, or vulnerability.

Not surprising and this is something any end users would expect.

Graphics Rendering API Updates

AMD’s Radeon Boost and Anti-Lag now work with Microsoft DX12 API. It also includes certain Vulkan API extensions. Radeon Anti Lag now works with DirectX 9, 11 and 12. For those who are not familiar, Radeon’s Anti-lag works by reducing CPU workloads that it doesn’t overwhelm the GPU, therefore minimizing lag. This however words with CPUs and APUs from Ryzen 2000 series.

There also some optimization and fixes, including the higher than Radeon software’s expected CPU utilization even during system idle. The whole is pretty extensive and that’s what makes this update very promising. The relevant bits and bobs are as follows:

As always, the Radeon Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.3.1 can be downloaded from here.

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