AMD’s Radeon Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 is all about SAM

Up to a 24 per cent performance increase on supported platforms.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Storm Eunice is closing in, it’s time to batten down the hatches and fire up gaming rigs. If that’s your line of thinking, and you happen to be rocking an AMD Radeon GPU, it may pay to download the latest Adrenalin driver release before the broadband inevitably goes down.

Release 22.2.2 has landed and brings it support for Total War: Warhammer III. There’s no mention of Elden Ring as yet – that’ll have to wait for a subsequent release – but the current update is worth it for performance gains alone.

Centring on optimisations to Smart Access Memory, AMD reckons in-game performance in titles such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla can climb by as much as 24 per cent at 1080p on a laptop outfitted with a Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and Radeon RX 6800M graphics. Fortnite performance is up by 11 per cent, and we see significant gains in some older titles, with Borderlands 3 climbing 18 per cent using system-busting Badass settings.

As a recap, Smart Access Memory (SAM) is available when combining an AMD Ryzen 5000 Series CPU (or select Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs) with an AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series GPU. When doing so, SAM grants the CPU full access to the GPU’s ultra-fast frame buffer, helping alleviate bottlenecks and increase performance.

Ready to make the jump? Radeon Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 is available to download via this link and the full release notes, including known issues, are available below.

Support For

  • AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series processors with Radeon Graphics
  • AMD Ryzen™ 6000 Series processors with Radeon Graphics
  • Total War™: Warhammer III
  • AMD Smart Access Memory optimizations for AMD Ryzen™ processors with integrated graphics paired with discrete Radeon™ graphics can be found below: 
    • Up to 24% increase in performance in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla™ @ 1080p Ultra High settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 9 5900HX and Radeon RX 6800M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1. RS-449
    • Up to 23% increase in performance in Battlefield™ 5 @ 1080p Ultra settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 7 5800H and Radeon RX 6600M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1.RS-449
    • Up to 18% increase in performance in Borderlands 3™ @ 1080p Badass settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 9 5900HX and Radeon RX 6800M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1. RS-449
    • Up to 17% increase in performance in F1® 2021 @ 1080p Ultra High settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 7 5800H and Radeon RX 6600M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1. RS-449
    • Up to 12% increase in performance in Gears 5™ @ 1080p High settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 7 5800H and Radeon RX 6600M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1. RS-449
    • Up to 11% increase in performance in Fortnite™ @ 1080p Ultra settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 7 5800H and Radeon RX 6600M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1. RS-449
    • Up to 10% increase in performance in Cyberpunk® 2077 @ 1080p Ultra settings, using Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 22.2.2 on the Ryzen 9 5900HX and Radeon RX 6800M, versus the previous software driver version 22.2.1. RS-449

Known Issues

  • Some users on Windows® 10 operating system may observe the absence of the windows transparency aero effect.
  • While playing Cyberpunk 2077™ on some AMD Graphics Products such as Radeon® RX 570 Graphics, some users may observe an issue where indoor areas appear darker than expected.
  • Stuttering or lower than expected FPS values may be experienced by some users while playing God of War™ on some AMD Graphics Products such as Radeon® RX 6900 XT Graphics.
  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Radeon performance metrics and logging features may intermittently report extremely high and incorrect memory clock values.