AMD has released Adrenalin 23.1.2 drivers for Radeon GPUs, but the update is only for the Radeon RX 7900 series graphics cards that launched late last year. Along with support for the new game Forspoken, it has expanded Vulkan API support, but what it lacks is support for older AMD GPUs, especially the Radeon RX 6000 series. Also, since Forspoken is an AMD-sponsored PC title, the lack of day one support for the RX 6000 series is baffling.
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This means no optimized support for users playing Forspoken on the Radeon RX 6950 XT, and it’s been 48 days since AMD released drivers covering their entire GPU line-up. That driver update arrived on December 8, 2022, so this is the third Radeon RX 7000 series-specific driver from AMD. Presumably AMD is currently focusing on optimizing the new RDNA 3 architecture and fixing bugs related to power consumption and performance as outlined in the “Known Issues” section of AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition update.
- High idle power has been observed in some situations when using some high resolution and high refresh rate displays.
- Some extended display configurations may experience video stuttering or slow performance during gameplay and video playback.
- Stuttering may occur during the opening game sequence of UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End.
- Forspoken may stutter when dynamic resolution is enabled.
- Opening a Premium Gold pack in EA SPORTS FIFA 23 may cause the application to crash.
- Stuttering may occur while playing Sea of Thieves.
- Corruption may be observed when playing Battlefield 4 with Post Process Quality settings set to High or Ultra.
- Performance may be lower than expected in some virtual reality games or apps.
- Certain applications limit the maximum encoding bitrate to 100 Mbps.
Also, although the new driver is limited to Radeon RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX GPUs, the download package is still quite large at 590 MB.