Radeon Drivers: How to optimize GPU performance

Gamers know how important a powerful graphics card is. But even the best graphics card can suffer massively from outdated or poorly configured drivers. COMPUTER BILD shows how to optimize your AMD Radeon driver settings to achieve the best performance.

The best graphics cards

GeForce RTX 4090 Trinity




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GeForce RTX 4080 Trinity


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GeForce RTX 4070 Ti AMP Extreme AIRO 12GB


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GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X 12GB GDDR6X


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GeForce RTX 3080 Ti SUPRIM X 12GB GDDR6X

Radeon RX 6900 XT Red Devil 16GB GDDR6


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Radeon RX 6800 XT GAMING X TRIO 16GB GDDR6


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GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Gaming AMP Holo 12GB GDDR6X


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GeForce RTX 3090 SUPRIM X 24GB GDDR6X


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GeForce RTX 3080 AMP Holo


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GeForce RTX 3080 AMP Holo

Radeon RX6800 Nitro+


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Complete list: The best graphics cards

Optimize AMD drivers: Current drivers

Graphics cards have to be maintained on the software side, with so-called drivers. How does the driver installation work? The easiest way to do this is to use the AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition program, which should be installed by default on your computer. To check for updates, open the app by right-clicking on the desktop. A box with “AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition” should appear in the drop-down menu. Click on it. A window with many options will appear, you click on the “Check for updates” button (on the right in the picture). If a new driver is available, it will be downloaded and installed automatically.
Radeon driver settings: How to optimize GPU performance

The window on the right shows if your drivers are up to date.

If you have older drivers installed, this field may be missing. But don’t worry, you can alternatively visit AMD’s website and manually download the latest driver package. Be sure to select the correct version for your graphics card and operating system. Once the download is complete, double-click the installer. Follow the instructions to install the new driver.
Radeon driver settings: How to optimize GPU performance

Drivers can be downloaded from the AMD website.

Full power for the graphics card

After installing the latest driver, you can improve the performance of your graphics card. To do this, open the “AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition” as described above and click on the “Gaming” tab. Now you will see a box that says “Global Graphic”. Click on it and in the window that opens, set the graphics profile to “Games”. This ensures that your graphics card runs at maximum performance at all times.

Radeon driver settings: How to optimize GPU performance

To unlock more options, click Global Graphics.

Professionals can let off steam in the “advanced graphics settings” and do fine tuning to achieve the best performance. For example, you can set the quality of texture filtering to “high” or “performance” on weaker PCs. And who deselects the “anisotropic filtering” gains in performance. The general rule of thumb is: The frame rate can be increased by disabling effects.

Radeon driver settings: How to optimize GPU performance

Always use “Games” or “E-Sports” mode. Saving energy is not for gamers.

Radeon driver settings: How to optimize GPU performance

Some functions cost a lot of computing power and should therefore be identified.

Fine tuning with Afterburner

Another way to improve the performance of your graphics card is to overclock it. Overclocking increases the clock speed of the graphics card to increase performance. However, this increases the temperature of the graphics card. Therefore: Observe the temperature during the process.

Third-party software such as MSI Afterburner is suitable for this. These programs allow you to fine-tune settings like fan speed and core voltage, which can help you achieve optimal performance. COMPUTER BILD explains how to do this in the guide to MSI Afterburner.

Keep drivers up to date

So the bottom line is, keeping your AMD Radeon drivers up to date and tweaking their settings can make a big difference in your graphics card’s performance. By following the tips outlined in this article, you will ensure that your graphics card is working at its best. So you can enjoy the best possible gaming experience and get perfect content on the screen.

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