AMD’s latest Radeon driver update, Adrenalin 21.4.1 has gone live and like all graphics drivers, it comes loaded with both new and improved features for the company’s RDNA-based graphics cards.
One of the more prominent improvements that come with Adrenalin 21.4.1 is an update to AMD Link, which is now in its fourth generation. Initially designed and made to allow gamers to stream their game from the PC to their smartphones, the latest Link 4.0 promises a faster streaming and much lower latency experience. Than the previous generation of the AMD Link.
In addition to that, Adrenalin 21.4.1 is also bringing AMD Link to Windows 10-powered PCs and laptops. Getting started is more or less the same as its mobile counterpart; first off, you’ll obviously need a Radeon-powered gaming PC. Once you get this prerequisite ticked off, you’ll need to access your Radeon Software hub on the system, make sure its active and then follow the program’s simple step-by-step instruction, as shown in the embedded video.
Again, AMD promises that AMD Link for Windows will allow gamers to stream their favourite games at resolutions of up to 4K 144Hz, although it goes without saying that your mileage will vary based on the setup and capabilities of your gaming PC.
Moving on, another feature that comes packaged with Adrenalin 21.4.1 is the ability for gamers to make colour corrections and enhancements on their display. AMD says that this feature was made after getting feedback from users with colour blindness. To that end, the feature is, again, easily accessible via the Radeon Software hub – under the Display Tab – and has corrections for the three colour blindness types: Protanopia, Deuteranopia, and Tritanopia.
Beyond these two major updates, the rest of the updates seem par for the course. This includes more detailed graphs for the performance metrics, plus an improved and more intuitive performance tuning window. In regards to the former, the interactive graphs also include metrics for AMD’s Ryzen CPUs, assuming that your PC is being powered by said component.
On top of that, Adrenalin 21.4.1 has also simplified recording and streaming functions via your Radeon GPU and also includes Playready AV1 Hardware DRM Enablement. What isn’t included in the update is, sadly, AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) technology, but as mentioned in an earlier discussion with the company, that feature should hopefully roll out at the end of this year.