AMD has just announced the availability of the new version of its Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.8.1 graphics drivers. This Beta version of the graphics drivers comes with support for the new graphics cards Radeon RX 6600 XT and, at the same time, fixes a known problem with The Medium, but it is also loaded with many known errors that, if you are a user of AMD GPUs, you should know.
No version of new drivers is free of errors, and that in this version of the drivers AMD has located a total of 9 known errors is not bad news but rather the opposite, since they are problems that they are aware of and are working on. actively in giving them a solution, which will most likely arrive in the next versions of their drivers. However, it is always good to know what known errors this version has if you are about to install it, in case you run into them, know that it is something that is pending to be solved.
What do the AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.8.1 Beta drivers include?
As we have anticipated at the beginning, the main objective of this new version of the AMD drivers is add support to the latest graphics cards that have been released, the Radeon RX 6600 XT. In the same way, they have solved one of the known errors of the previous version, in this case in the game The Medium in which some users of Radeon graphics suffered unexpected freezes and crashes in the game when using the tool FrameView.
Beyond that, this is the list of known bugs for this release:
- Updating to the latest version of Radeon graphics drivers may cause the automatic update feature in Ryzen Master to stop working. A workaround is to update the Ryzen Master by hand.
- While playing Control using the DirectX 12 graphics API, users may notice corrupted light rays on some products such as the Radeon RX 6600 XT.
- Driver errors and freezes may be experienced while playing a game and streaming video simultaneously on some AMD graphics, especially the RX 500 series.
- Users may experience problems ending a recording session in Open Broadcaster Software when recording using the H.265 / HEVC codec with a Radeon RX 6800 XT.
- AMD Radeon software may crash or become unresponsive while playing some titles that use the DirectX 11 API, such as Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, with multiple displays connected in extended mode.
- Playing Horizon Zero Dawn for an extended period may cause a crash or driver error when using Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics.
- Enhanced sync can cause a black screen to occur when enabled in some games and system settings. Any user who may have problems with Enhanced Synchronization enabled should disable it as a workaround.
- Connecting two displays with large differences in resolution or refresh rate can cause flickering when using Radeon RX Vega graphics.
- Radeon performance metrics and logging functions may intermittently report extremely high and incorrect memory clock values.
How to update to the new version of these drivers?
Updating AMD drivers can be done in two ways: either automatically by accessing the software and updating from there, or by accessing the AMD drivers website, from where you can download the appropriate version for your graphics card that you will have to install later by hand.
In the latter case, it is always advisable to carry out a prior uninstallation of the drivers you have installed (preferably in safe mode with Display Driver Uninstaller) to avoid possible conflicts or problems.