This week is big for software releases. Windows 11 is now available for free to millions of PCs. Ubisoft will also release Far Cry 6 on Thursday to console and PC. AMD claims Far Cry 6 will experience a significant performance boost if you install its new Adrenalin 21.10.1 driver. This driver is also optimized for Windows 11.
This claim depends on the specific GPU you have and your setup, as well as the settings that Far Cry 6 will be running at. While your mileage may vary, AMD provided some examples in its release notes.
AMD claims that owners of Radeon RX 6700XT graphics cards will experience a 10% increase in Far Cry 6 at 1080p with ray-trace enabled.
Radeon RX 6800XT owners can expect a 12% increase at 4K with medium settings, but Radeon RX 6600XT owners will see a 13% performance improvement at 1440p with ray-trace enabled.
These are unlikely to be three of the most common scenarios in which the updated driver will give you more performance from your Radeon card than the previous driver. AMD seems to have intended to emphasize a variety of scenarios. Mission accomplished.
The 21.10.1 driver package has been optimized for Far Cry 6. It is also optimized for Battlefield 2042 (Open Beta) and Naraka: Bladepoint. The same applies to PUBG. Although it has been around for a while, AMD claims an 11% increase in performance for 4K Ultra settings on a Radeon RX6800 XT graphics card.
There are also the standard bug fixes. These include:
Horizon Zero Dawn may crash if you play for a prolonged time.
Driver timeouts can occur when you play a game or stream a video simultaneously using some AMD Graphics products, such as Radeon RX 500 graphics.
Users may experience high idle clock speeds when more than one monitor is connected to their system.
Driver timeouts can occur while playing The Medium with some AMD Graphics products, such as Radeon RX6700 XT.
Radeon Software might incorrectly show a higher GPU load than the actual GPU power consumption.
Wreckfest and Arma 3 may cause image corruption when you view foliage.
AMD also mentions support for Windows 11 within the release notes. This is something AMD has done in the past driver iterations. However, this release is presumably the best for Windows 11. Perhaps with additional tweaks for stability and performance.
We’ve published our Windows 11 review. It’s a good product overall. However, developers may need to wait until the next major update to fix any issues that are discovered.
AMD’s latest driver can be downloaded through Radeon Software, or you can manually install it.