AMD's first Adrenalin driver update of 2021, Edition 21.1.1 is here, with optimisation for two recent titles, plus general fixes for other games. If you've been playing the new Hitman 3 on the best graphics cards from team red then it's an update you'll want to take advantage of as soon as possible. If you haven't then go read our Hitman 3 review and then grab Hitman 3 on PC here – it's really good. In general, updating your graphics cards drivers is one of the easiest ways to boost fps and while Hitman 3 is excellently optimised already, PC gamers will never say no to tiny improvements.
AMD is claiming performance boosts of up to 10% in Hitman 3. This increase was measured from an RX 6800 XT, running the game in 4K with ultra graphics settings. For just a driver update, that's a pretty impressive performance leap. The new AMD drivers also include optimisation for Quake 2 RTX, previously only playable on Nvidia cards until Vulkan ray tracing was added in December.
Expect a heap of additional fixes for some known issues, such as Doom Eternal crashing with Steam overlay enabled, graphical bugs for games like GTA 5 and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, plus crashes when using Oculus Link with the Quest 2 – one of the best VR headsets you can buy now, incidentally.
We haven’t seen an Nvidia driver update for Hitman 3 yet, but that’s not too much of a problem as playing the game with our RTX 2080 rig, the game was already well optimised, with a pretty respectable 120fps at 1440p with ultra graphics settings.
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