AMD Adrenalin 21.4.1 packs new features but lacks FSR

Posted on Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 16:43 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AMD published its Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 21.4.1, this is the yearly big feature update. Earlier this year, there were some rumors that this version would feature AMD's rival to NVIDIA's DLSS technology but this did not come to pass. AMD is still working on FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) and rumor has it that it may not be ready before sometime late this year. You can grab the driver over here.

The biggest new features are a couple of enhancements for AMD Link. Other than this there are various improvements for the Radeon Software, some new recording & streaming features, fresh performance tuning options, and a lot of bug fixes.

Also worth noting is that this release adds custom installation options, allowing you to disable the installation of some parts. AMD allows a driver-only installation, a minimum install with the bare basics in the Radeon Software tool, and a full install with all the extras like AMD Link, Record & Stream, Performance tuning, etc.
Support For:

AMD Link
  • A brand-new AMD Link for Windows client is now available that allows you to stream your games and desktop to other Radeon graphics enabled PCs.
  • New "Link Game" feature that allows you to easily connect with a friend to play games together on a single PC or even help them troubleshoot a PC issue or problem.
  • Redesigned streaming technology for better visuals and lower latency.
  • New quality of service feature that dynamically adjusts your streaming settings based on your internet connection.
  • Now supports up to 4k/144fps streaming.

    Radeon Software
  • Customized user interface options are now available in the Radeon Software installation to modify the user interface. Options exist for a Full Installation, Minimal Installation and Driver only installation.
  • Vivid Gaming Display Color Enhancement GD-187: A new color profile that allows users to enable a more vivid look for their display color.
  • Color Deficiency Correction GD-187: A new feature that allows users to adjust their display colors for all three major color deficiency types with strength sliders.
  • Improved search bar functionality.
  • Stats information for games is now available in the games tab.
  • Historical navigation buttons added to easily move back and forth between tabs.
  • Toggle added to enable or disable the built-in web browser.
  • Settings option added to enable or disable all hotkeys in a single click.

    Record & Stream
  • Recording and streaming settings have been consolidated into one easy to use tab.
  • A new Streaming Wizard is now available which helps users configure their recording and streaming settings for the first time. A new ‘adaptive’ quality setting is available in the wizard that allows Radeon Software to monitor your stream and make changes to quality based on your stream’s performance.
  • Improved scene editor usability for creating and editing scenes.
  • An option is now available to select which display you would like to record or stream from in multiple display system configurations.

    Performance Tuning
  • Introduced CPU metrics and monitoring to the performance metrics tab in Radeon Software.
  • Improvements made to the performance metrics tab including design updates to the graphs for metrics, more performance readouts, improved logging controls and improved performance overlay controls and graphs.
  • AMD Crash Defender
  • Preserves data and keeps your system running in some cases where your system may have otherwise experienced a crash or hang.
  • Microsoft® PlayReady AV1 Decode Support
  • AMD Eyefinity support extended to Ryzen™ Mobile 4000 and Ryzen™ Mobile 5000 series.

    Fixed Issues
  • Brightness flickering may intermittently occur in some games or applications when Radeon™ FreeSync is enabled, and the game is set to use borderless fullscreen.
  • SteamVR™ may experience an application crash when a VR headset is connected on Radeon RX 500 series graphics products.
  • Some high refresh rate, high resolution TV displays may experience corruption when connected via HDMI on Radeon RX 6000 series graphics products.
  • Applying changes in Radeon Performance Tuning may sometimes fail to take effect for changes made to power tuning.
  • Lower than expected performance may be experienced in some CPU intensive workloads or games.
  • Global performance tuning overclock profiles may sometimes override game specific performance tuning profiles or cause game specific performance tuning profiles to fail to load on a games launch.
  • Radeon Chill may experience lower than expected performance when a game is left idle for an extended period with Radeon Chill enabled.
  • Flickering may be observed in Radeon Software performance overlay while playing Cyberpunk 2077™ on Radeon RX 6000 series graphics products.

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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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