AMD's Latest Radeon Driver is 13% Faster in Diablo II: Resurrected

Radeon RX 6800 XT
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Update 9/21/21 12:20pm PT: Clarified Windows 11 support details. Amended text follows: 

AMD's Radeon Adrenalin driver 21.9.2 just hit the streets, packing support for three new titles: World War Z: Aftermath, Diablo II: Resurrected, and New World. It also has four new bug fixes. 

Besides support for New World and World War Z: Aftermath, AMD notes that Diablo II: Resurrected received a 13% performance boost at 4k Very High settings using an RX 6700 XT GPU with this new driver update, when compared to the previous 21.9.1 Adrenalin drivers. AMD does not mention if other Radeon GPUs saw the same performance enhancements, but we would guess some sort of FPS boost will be visible since GPU driver optimizations normally apply to entire GPU architectures.

AMD's new drivers support Windows 11 Insider builds, as the full Windows 11 drivers won't arrive until the official launch. The latest driver has several known issues, but those are to be expected as GPU makers work through the kinks to deliver full Windows 11 support. You can find additional details listed below. 

Bug Fixes

For this release, AMD patched the following four bugs:

  • In Radeon Software, the CPU Additional Metrics section within the Performance tab may be missing for some users.
  • Some users may receive a compatibility error message when they attempt to load a previously saved tuning profile.
  • While playing Hitman 3 on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon RX 6800 XT, users may experience an issue where water along the shores becomes missing.
  • The Auto Overclock feature for CPU in Radeon Software may be missing for some users with an AMD Ryzen 5000 series processor and AMD Radeon 6000 series graphics card.

Known Issues

  • Open Broadcaster Software may continue to run in the background after a user ends a recording session and closes the application.
  • Driver timeouts may be experienced while playing a game & streaming a video simultaneously on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon RX 500 Series Graphics.
  • AMD Radeon Software may crash or become unresponsive while playing some DirectX 11 games such as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with multiple displays connected in extended mode.
  • Playing Horizon Zero Dawn for an extended period may lead to a driver timeout or game crash on some AMD Graphics products such as Radeon RX 6700 XT.
  • 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.
Aaron Klotz
Freelance News Writer

Aaron Klotz is a freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US, covering news topics related to computer hardware such as CPUs, and graphics cards.

  • hotaru.hino
    I would say "they still have some time, chill out."

    But "some time" is two weeks. Two weeks between major releases seems kinda like poor planning.
  • Makaveli
    They will probably have a beta ready for launch. And by the end of oct that driver should go WHQL
  • ddcservices
    They already have "beta" drivers, since the 21.9.2 set works for Windows 11, even if there are problems.
  • watzupken
    Not sure if 13% faster is going to make any difference in a game like Diablo 2. If I take the performance of Diablo 3 as a benchmark, most GPUs are easily driving very high FPS. Even a Vega 11 iGPU was able to drive the game at fairly good FPS @ 1080p.
  • alceryes
    Difficult to have 'official' drivers when Windows 11 isn't even official yet, no?
  • hotaru.hino
    alceryes said:
    Difficult to have 'official' drivers when Windows 11 isn't even official yet, no?
    It's official. It just hasn't been formally released. And this close to release, Microsoft shouldn't be rolling out major changes to areas that affect driver developers anyway. So anything they put out would be fine for the final, formal release.