5 Radeon GPU Features that Level Up Your Gaming Experience

You no longer need to be concerned that today’s GPUs may be leaving performance on the table. Indeed, if you thought your Radeon GPU’s performance ceiling was set in stone when you made your purchase, know this: You have the ability to “unlock” even more performance and eye-candy for your graphics. We’ll show you how easy, free, and enjoyable it is to “improve” your GPU!)

Radeon Boost

Radeon Boost is a technology that improves GPU performance intelligently, similar to the name implies. It will be influenced by screen movement rather than frame rate. This allows it to increase the FPS of your GPU by lowering the resolution when you’re not looking, such as while there’s significant action onscreen.

It’s unclear whether every game will support it, however. It’s currently supported in select DX11 games like Overwatch and PUBG, as well as certain DX12 games like Cyberpunk 2077. It’s straightforward to use the new AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 version: Go to the gaming tab in AMD Radeon Software and click Activate. If your game is listed there, you’ll see a link to activate Radeon Boost as you scroll down the page. Settings >Graphics are where you’ll find these global settings. That’s all there is to it!

Radeon Chill

There’s Radeon Chill if you’re not looking for maximum power but rather a cooler GPU with lower consumption. In essence, it’s the polar opposite of Radeon Boost; when there’s little movement on the screen, performance will be reduced. When you’re inactive, this will save electricity and as soon as action begins, performance will swiftly return to normal. You can also adjust the minimum and maximum frame rates to ensure you stay within your desired range. With GPUs like the Radeon RX 6900 XT producing over 300 watts, this will keep your gaming even more efficient. It’s in the same menu as AMD’s Radeon Boost in the Radeon Software, and it works with most games.

Radeon Anti-Lag

Even if you aren’t a professional e-sports player, fast response times are appreciated by almost everyone. Input lag is a pain that might take you out of your game. Lag is the time it takes for your command to register on the screen.

There are a few ways to reduce input lag: use a high refresh rate/low response time monitor, have a low-latency internet connection, use a gaming mouse with low latency, and use software adjustments. This is where Radeon Anti-Lag comes in; it’s available in the AMD Radeon Software’s Graphics tab. You may also adjust how quickly games respond.

Anti-Lag will limit the CPU so it doesn’t get too far ahead, resulting in faster reaction times. While open-world games don’t require this as much, fast-paced action and shooter titles will benefit from improved response times.

Smart Access Memory

When you combine an AMD Ryzen CPU with a Radeon GPU, you can unlock more gaming performance—barely more in many cases, but substantially more in some. We’ve gone through it extensively here, but this is the short version:

With a Ryzen 5 processor and a Radeon RX 6000 series GPU, you’ll get the most out of your system. Update to the most recent BIOS for your motherboard and use the newest AMD Radeon Software.

Enable “Above 4G decoding” in your computer’s BIOS menu (typically under Advanced Settings) and enable “Resize Bar support” and “CSM in the boot menu if it’s enabled.”

After rebooting into Windows, the Smart Access Memory option will be enabled in the Radeon Settings program with an on/off switch. Thanks to the relationship between your Ryzen CPU and Radeon GPU, you’ll be able to play games at higher frame rates now. Also look for similar support from Intel and Nvidia, as “resizeable bar” technology evolves.

FidelityFX Super Resolution

Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling, or DLSS for short, is opposed by AMD’s “FidelityFX Super Resolution,” or FSR for short. It will lower your resolution and then upscale and sharpen the picture to fit your screen in order to fulfill frame rate targets with limited visual impact. This differs from Radeon Boost, which is based on screen motion—and enables you to play games at Ultra settings without suffering a performance loss.

Let’s take ray tracing as an example. This technique allows video games to have more realistic lighting, and it is being used more frequently. The drawback is that ray tracing has a significant performance impact. That’s where FSR (and Nvidia’s DLSS) come in handy. They allow you to regain a lot of the performance while also improving visuals and clarity.

Ultra High, Extreme Quality, or Balanced are the only available settings. This option is only accessible in the game menu. (You may see a selection on AMD’s FSR page.) Ultra Quality, Performance, Quality, or Balanced are the four options you have.

Because the NVENC Encoding is a very exciting technology, because it allows you to go beyond the typical GPU performance in terms of FPS and visuals. It also works with a wide range of graphics cards from both Nvidia and AMD. From the 10th generation onwards, Nvidia GPUs are supported as well as several AMD Radeon GPUs produced over the past several years