Welcome to 2022, a year that loves to make many of us feel very old by cashing in or just celebrating nostalgia. We’ve seen these ‘90’s kids PCs rebuild like they’re ancient relics, Grand Theft Auto 5 playing on a GameBoy, and this range of 1980’s kids coding books released as free PDFs. Now, in our own efforts to feel very old, we’d like to wish a very special happy 20th birthday to AMD’s regular driver updates.
AMD’s Sr. Director of user experience engineering Terry Makedon tweeted in celebration about the new fabulously numbered Adrenalin 22.2.2 AMD update for 5000 and 6000 series cards like the Radeon RX 6600 (opens in new tab) and RX 5700 (opens in new tab). Makedon makes special note that this marks 20 years since regular updates started coming to AMD drivers. Makedon also specifically references AMD Catalyst, presumably the older version of the control centre offered to further tweak settings with AMD hardware.
Best CPU for gaming (opens in new tab): the top chips from Intel and AMD
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Best SSD for gaming (opens in new tab): get into the game ahead of the rest
There are some great replies with screenshotted images of the old software, reminding us how far we’ve come. However, I personally did not remember the old AMD Catalyst, so Googled it to find out more. One of the first results was informing me that I should uninstall it so it certainly has an online legacy.
Adrenalin 22.2.2 is out now - what a cool version number. Also it has been 20 years since we started posting regular updates (who remembers Catalyst?)February 16, 2022
Back in the present day, the new Adrenalin 22.2.2 release update has a list of upgrades for many popular PC games. The first is support for Total War: Warhammer III, while others include upgrades to performance for titles like Fortnite, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and even Cyberpunk 2077 which also just received its own significant update. These games should look and run far better than before on AMD hardware, all receiving between a 10% and 24% increase in performance at their more demanding settings.
As with any update there are a few known issues, but none of them seem too egregious. Those still running Windows 10 may not have transparency effects work quite right and indoor areas in Cyberpunk 2077 may show as darker than they should. Enhanced Sync may also have some issues with games, and AMD advises people to try turning it off as a workaround in the meantime if experiencing problems.
Hopefully we can look forward to more fixes in the next regular AMD driver update.