AMD Radeon Driver 21.12.1 Delivers Significant Performance Boosts for Halo Infinite

With the launch of the Halo Infinite campaign approaching, AMD has released a new driver with major optimizations. Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.12.1 also supports Icarus, Blender 3.0 on RX 6000 GPUs and the upcoming Fortnite update.

AMD has provided some numbers on what performance benefits Red Team members can expect from this driver when playing Halo Infinite, as shown below. Benefits should extend to the free multiplayer component of the shooter, as well as the upcoming December 8th campaign.

In its internal testing, AMD recorded 17%, 19% and 16% performance gains on the RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6700 XT graphics cards, respectively, with this driver. Tests were conducted on a system with a Ryzen 9 5900X paired with 16GB of RAM and Windows 10. The game ran at 4K resolution using the Ultra preset in all three tests.

Here are the fixed issues in this release:

  • Some users may experience a crash when launching SteamVR Home on certain AMD graphics products such as Radeon ™ VII Graphics.
  • While playing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy ™, some users may experience driver timeouts on some AMD graphics products such as the Radeon ™ RX 5500 XT Graphics.
  • When playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds ™ with multiple connected displays in Advanced Mode, the Radeon ™ software may become unresponsive when the user is in the lobby and tries to open the Radeon software on the secondary display via the context menu.
  • Visual damage may appear on a vehicle logo or license plate while playing Forza Horizon 5 ™ on certain AMD graphics products such as Radeon ™ RX 500 series graphics cards.

Known Issues:

  • After updating to the latest Radeon ™ software, the Power Tuning component of a saved tuning profile may not load correctly when the user imports a previously saved tuning profile.
  • Visual artifacts may appear while playing Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War on some AMD graphics products such as the Radeon ™ RX 6800M Graphics. * AMD is working with game developers to resolve this issue.
  • Advanced sync may cause a black screen on startup in some games and on some system configurations. Any users who may have problems with Advanced Sync enabled should disable it as a workaround.
  • Radeon performance metrics and logging features can intermittently report very high and incorrect memory clock speeds.

The Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.12.1 driver is available for Windows 10 and Windows 11 and can now be installed through the Radeon Settings app under Advanced. The offline download link is on the official release notes page .