AMD just gave your GPU a 92% performance boost — for free

AMD gave us another reason to prefer Team Red over Nvidia’s Team Green with a powerful driver update earlier today. The Adrenaline 22.7.1 driver update gives AMD Radeon GPUs a whopping 92% performance improvement, along with some quality of life improvements.

The news was dropped without warning by AMD in a release note on their website. AMD said in the release notes that the update provides improved performance in refresh rates for several GPU lines, including the 6900 series, 5700 series and Vega series.

The driver update also made some improvements in other areas of GPU performance. A new Noise Suppression update cancels background noise during video calls and recording. Working-from-home parents can meet their teams while their kids jump around next to them, and the GPU automatically focuses on the speaker while muting the chaos. This is a lot like Nvidia’s RTX Voice software, which has been around since 2020.

However, it’s important to note that noise cancellation only works on computers with an AMD Ryzen 5000 processor and above. The feature appears to be relying heavily on the processor, though we have yet to confirm the actual process.

The update brings improvements to OpenGL for Radeon graphics. AMD’s own tests showed a 92% increase in FPS at 4K with Minecraft with the Ryzen 7 and RX 6800T processors, and up to 89% faster on RX 6950 XT processors.

Another quality of life improvement in the driver update is that Radeon Super Resolution (RSR) can now be used by laptops using Ryzen hybrid graphics systems. RSR improves game performance by up to 70% by utilizing deep core skills. It’s been available on later desktop Radeon GPUs since January, so this update means AMD is taking gaming laptops seriously.

Finally, the Adrenaline 22.7.1 update brings Radeon Boost to a few games with intense graphics, including Elden Ring, Resident Evil Village, and Valorant. Radeon Boost gently lowers the resolution during fast-action scenes to maintain a higher FPS, reducing lag and keeping graphics looking sharp.

The Adrenaline 22.7.1 update is free to anyone with compatible hardware, which can be downloaded for free with the driver update from this link.

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