AMD Radeon RX 6000 "RDNA 2" & older GPUs are expected to get brand new graphics drivers after two months but only after two weeks.
AMD Radeon RX 6000 "RDNA 2" & Older GPU Users Will Finally Be Getting New Graphics Drivers After More Than 2 Months of Waiting
Earlier this week, we reported that it has been 2 months since AMD released a new graphics driver for its RDNA 2-based Radeon RX 6000 and older GPUs. The company seemed to have focused the entirety of its software efforts on the RDNA 3-based Radeon RX 7000 GPUs which were launched in December 2022. Since then, the company has released four drivers, all of which are exclusive to the two Radeon RX 7900 series cards.
We're working on new @amdradeon drivers for 6000 series and prior gen cards. Aiming to release them within the next 2 weeks. Will provide another update if we run into any delays and as we get closer to posting them. Thank you for your patience
— Frank Azor (@AzorFrank) February 3, 2023
But that's going to change soon! According to Frank Azor (Chief Architect of Gaming at AMD), the red team is working on new Radeon drivers which will be designed for both the Radeon RX 6000 "RDNA 2" GPUs and also older products. The new graphics driver is expected to land within the next two weeks however Frank says that they will also provide additional updates if they run into delays.
Since the launch of the RDNA 3 GPUs, the AMD Radeon division has split its driver focus but the company will once again unify them in the coming software package. It remains to be seen if the upcoming drivers will be solely designed for older GPUs or will also feature support for the new RDNA 3 chips.
To name them, the last graphics driver that was actually released for the RDNA 2-based Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards was the 22.11.12 which was made for a November release. Then, AMD's Radeon RX 7900 graphics cards launched in December, and guess what? All four graphics drivers, 2 in December and two in January (2023) have been exclusive to the RDNA 3 architecture. These are the driver releases over the past two months:
- AMD Radeon Software 23.1.2 (RX 7900 Only) - 24th January
- AMD Radeon Software 23.1.1 (RX 7900 Only) - 12th January
- AMD Radeon Software 22.12.2 (RX 7900 Only) - 21st December
- AMD Radeon Software 22.12.1 (RX 7900 Only) - 13th December
- AMD Radeon Software 22.11.2 (RX 6000) - 1st December
One can understand why AMD has decided to cut off its driver efforts for the RDNA 2 GPU-based Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards since their Radeon RX 7000 series based on the new RDNA 3 graphics core requires more attention and the recent drivers show that there are several known issues that still need to be addressed for the new cards. But that also means that for each driver release, AMD will have to work twice as much to get the same support added for older Radeon RX 6000 (RDNA 2) graphics cards. This doesn't sound like the FineWine that AMD is known for.
Forspoken is just one title and if this continues to be the trend, there will be many other titles that the RDNA 2 GPUs will miss out on. AMD's Radeon RX 6000 & 7000 GPUs have only received 4 game support since December which includes:
- The Callisto Protocol
- Need for Speed Unbound
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-Gen Update
Meanwhile, NVIDIA has included the following game-ready titles to its list of WHQL GeForce drivers since December:
- Marvel's Midnight Suns (DLSS 3)
- Hitman III (DLSS 3)
- Deliver Us Marks (DLSS 3)
- Dead Space
- Conqueror's Blade
- Dakar Desert Rally
- Portal with RTX
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Next-gen Update
- Jurrasic World Evolution 2
- Need For Speed Unbound
- The Callisto Protocol
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