AMD 21.6.1 driver drops Windows 7-8.1 and pre-Polaris GPUs

AMD has just released the Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.6.1 driver, with a series of new features including support for new GPUs and technologies such as FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) upscaling technology. There’s also bad news like the end of support for Windows 7-8.1 as well as pre-Polaris GPUs.

AMD has just uploaded a new version of its driver for Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.6.1 graphics cards. The new software brings a number of improvements and optimizations as well as a handful of new features, and support for new GPUs.

AMD is launching the FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) upscaling technology as the founder had promised. FSR technology is first appearing in a limited number of games, including Godfall and six other titles are included. Ultimately, AMD is not opposed to making the device compatible with Nvidia cards.

AMD says goodbye to Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 with its latest driver for Radeon graphics cards

AMD has optimized the execution of the game Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance, and added GPU support for RX 6800M laptops. The list of changes is particularly large in this iteration, but what we mainly remember is that AMD has decided to end support for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.

Older GPUs prior to Polaris are also no longer supported. Here is the full list of release notes:

Now supported

  • Graphics Cards for AMD Radeon ™ RX 6800M Laptops
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance ™
  • AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) upscaling hnology in some titles.

Resolved issues

  • Radeon FreeSync ™ may intermittently lock up on the desktop after performing task switching between extended and primary displays when closing a game, resulting in poor performance or stuttering.
  • Anno 1800 ™ may crash on launch when running DirectX®12.
  • The AMD Cleanup utility can clean the files / registers related to the system’s chipset / RAID installer.
  • Certain Radeon Graphics products may perform below expectations in Destiny 2 ™ compared to previous versions of Radeon software.
  • By joining the AMD User Experience Program, the core service of the AMD User Experience Program may have higher CPU usage than expected.
  • Enabling Ray Tracing in Ring of Elysium ™ with DirectX®12 may crash the game.

Known issues

  • Resident Evil Village ™ may experience an intermittent application crash or TDR on AMD Radeon VII graphics products in the game’s first mission.
  • Enhanced sync may cause a black screen to appear when enabled on some games and system configurations. Anyone who might have issues with enabling enhanced sync should turn it off as a temporary workaround.
  • Connecting two displays with large differences in resolution / refresh rate may cause flicker on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.
  • An Oculus service error may be received on Radeon RX 5000 & 6000 series graphics products that prevent the Oculus Link configuration software from running.
  • Radeon performance metrics and logging features can intermittently report extremely high and incorrect memory clock values.
  • If Ryzen Master is not detected in the Adrenalin software after installation, a system restart may be required.
  • If a blue or black screen is observed on mobile systems, temporarily disable enhanced connection
  • Driver mismatch error may appear when two versions of Radeon software (Windows Store and AMD Support versions) are installed on your system. As a temporary workaround, launch the Windows Store version of the Radeon software.
  • AMD is investigating an issue that may have a low impact on battery life in AMD Ryzen 5000 laptops.
  • A blue or black screen may be observed after updating to the latest version of Radeon software. A workaround is to turn off the primary isolation.
  • AMD is investigating a D3 error code that may appear with certain motherboards after updating to the latest version of Radeon software.
  • Below expectation performance may be observed on some AMD Athlon ™ mobile systems.

Known issues with AMD Link on Windows

  • Intermittent gray frame corruption may be seen when streaming with HEVC on some setups through an internet connection. A workaround is to use the AVC encoding setting instead.

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