AMD made a lot of changes with its latest graphics driver, including facilitating the play of local co-op games remotely, but there were reportedly unannounced changes to improve the power-efficiency of some RX 6000 series GPUs. This is according to tests conducted by Tech PowerUp , which found that the Adrenalin 21.4.1 driver brings in lower power consumption for some Big Navi graphics card s in certain scenarios – the main caveat being that sadly, this isn't the case for gaming. Check out the best PC games We’ll show you how to build a PC These are the best graphics cards However, the reported power-efficiency benefits have led to a drop in the wattage consumed when the GPU is idling, so should hopefully mean a slightly cooler and quieter running card when your machine is sat not doing much in Windows. Tech PowerUp compared AMD's new 21.4.1 driver to the previous version 21.3.2 across RX 6700 XT, RX 6800, RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT GPUs. The site found that while the 6700 XT didn't exhibit any reduction of power consumption when idling, there were huge benefits for the other GPUs, with power draw dropping from just over 25W… Read full this story
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