New AMD Radeon Driver Boosts CoD: Vanguard, Forza Horizon 5

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AMD today released their latest Radeon Software Adrenalin driver. Version 21.11.1 (non-WHQL) brings about specific game support and performance improvements to two major AAA releases: Call of Duty: Vanguard (launching November 5th) and Forza Horizon 5 (also releasing tomorrow). Of course, there's no other way to enter a battle zone or to drive throughout Mexico than with the best possible performance, is there?

The new driver update thus improves both stability and performance while pushing the pixels that make up these virtual worlds. While no specific performance improvements are quoted for Call of Duty: Vanguard, AMD quotes an up to 23% performance increase in Forza Horizon 5 at 4K resolution using the Extreme image quality preset (for their RX 6800 XT graphics card).

In addition to game support and performance improvements, AMD has solved graphics corruption issues for users toting Samsung's Odyssey G9 monitor (set at 5120 x 1440 resolution and 240 Hz refresh rate). Artifacts while on Call of Duty: Warzone's main screen have also been ironed out.

AMD has also listed known issues with this latest driver release:

  • During Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy gameplay, some users may experience driver timeouts on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon RX 5500 XT Graphics.  A temporary workaround is to disable the Radeon Anti-Lag feature in Radeon Software.
  • Some users may experience elevated disk space consumption by the Multimedia Athena Dumps folder.
  • Visual artifacts may be observed while playing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon RX 6800M Graphics.
  • While playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with multiple displays connected in extended mode, Radeon Software may become unresponsive when the user is in the lobby and attempts to open Radeon Software on the secondary display via the context menu. A temporary workaround is to press the Alt + R keyboard shortcut if this happens.
  • 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.
Francisco Pires
Freelance News Writer

Francisco Pires is a freelance news writer for Tom's Hardware with a soft side for quantum computing.