New AMD driver turbocharges AMD Radeon RX 7900 GRE overclocking

Free performance.

A cat fixing a Sapphire Pure RX 7900 GRE graphics card.

AMD has released its latest Radeon Graphics driver bringing new game support and bug fixes, but most importantly unlocks the RX 7900 GRE memory frequency. Tested by TechPowerUp, this update allows much higher overclocks which in turn improves performance by double digits.

Initially released on the Chinese market, the RX 7900 GRE later reached the rest of the world to slot in between AMD’s RX 7900 XT and RX 7800 XT GPUs. However, due to a bug in the launch drivers, the card had limited memory overclocking headroom that stopped it from stretching its legs. At stock clocks, going by our own testing, the card barely beats an RX 7800XT, so this driver should allow owners to unlock some extra performance for free, which is welcome.

To verify these potential gains, TechPowerUp went into an overclocking journey and found that performance improved by 14.9%. These gains were obtained in the 3DMark Time Spy Extreme benchmark using a VRAM frequency overclock of 2,614MHz. As a reference, using older drivers, the maximum achieved was 2,316MHz, netting an 8.2% increase. Furthermore, the OC slider now allows you to push the GDDR6 chips up to 3,000MHz, assuming they can handle such frequency.

This will help the RX 7900 GRE to distance itself even more from the similarly priced RTX 4070, or otherwise keep much closer to Nvidia’s offering when ray tracing is enabled.

In addition to the unlocked VRAM slider, version 24.3.1 also brings a lot of changes. Just to name a few, there is new game support for Dragon’s Dogma 2 and Horizon Forbidden West, alongside a heap of bug fixes. These include fixes to crashes in Helldivers 2 and Starcraft II, plus solutions for flickering and other graphical corruptions in games.

If you own an RX 7900 GRE and fancy some free performance, you can download the Radeon Graphics driver 24.3.1 from AMD’s website here.

The full list of changes goes as follows:

New Feature Highlights

  • New Game Support
    • Dragon’s Dogma 2
    • Horizon Forbidden West Complete Edition
    • Outpost: Infinity Siege
  • Expanded HYPR-Tune Support
    • Dragon’s Dogma 2
    • Diablo IV
    • Ghostrunner 2
    • Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Fixed Issues

  • Excessive micro stutter may be intermittently experienced after enabling AMD Fluid Motion Frames for select games.
  • Improvement to intermittent driver timeout or application crash experienced while playing HELLDIVERS 2 on AMD Radeon RX 7900 series GPUs.
  • Intermittent application crash or driver timeout may be observed while playing Starcraft II on Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs.
  • Improvements to reduce initial loading times while playing World of Warcraft with DirectX 12 API on some AMD Graphics Products, such as the Radeon RX 6800.
  • Purple corruption may be observed while playing Dying Light 2 Stay Human: Reloaded Edition with Radeon Boost and Raytracing enabled.
  • Some characters may appear invisible or have missing textures while playing Cossacks 3.
  • Flickering lights may be observed while playing Space Engineers in certain indoor environments.
  • The maximum memory tuning limit may be incorrectly reported on AMD Radeon RX 7900 GRE graphics products.
  • Shader caching may fail for Windows usernames containing accented characters.
  • FPS performance metric may incorrectly report values while a game is minimized.
  • GPU Acceleration may be missing/greyed out in Adobe Premiere Pro on some hybrid graphics systems.
  • Performance drop may be observed while using some DirectML workloads in Topaz AI.

Known Issues

  • Intermittent driver timeout or application crash may be experienced while playing HELLDIVERS 2 on dual monitor setups on some AMD Graphics Products, such as the Radeon RX 7900 XTX.
  • Intermittent application crash may be observed while playing Lords of the Fallen and entering certain areas on Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs. [Resolution targeted for 24.4.1]
  • Artifacts may appear in certain mud environments while playing SnowRunner on some AMD Graphics Products, such as the Radeon RX 6800. [Resolution targeted for 24.4.1]
  • AMD SmartAccess Video may be incorrectly reported as “Available” on some systems with the Parsec Virtual Display Driver installed. [Resolution targeted for 24.5.1]
  • Audio and video may intermittently become out of sync while recording using the AV1 codec in AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition. [Resolution targeted for Q3]