AMD driver delivers official support for Windows 11

Windows 11 AMD driver

Microsoft has already confirmed that Windows 11 version 21H2
will begin rolling out on October 5 and testers can join the
Windows Insider program to try the early builds of the
operating system.

PC makers like Intel, AMD and Nvidia are slowly preparing their
drivers and apps for Windows 11. Earlier this year, Intel and

Nvidia rolled out new drivers compatible with both Windows
10 version 21H2 (October 2021 Update) and Windows 11 version
21H2. Today, AMD has finally published Windows 11-ready
drivers.

AMD has published Ryzen driver version 3.09.01.140 for Windows
11. AMD has said that the update enables all features found in
Radeon Software on Windows 11. These features include Radeon
Boost, Radeon Anti-Lag, Radeon Image Sharpening, and more.

This update also addresses potential issues with Windows 11 on
supported chipsets, including 400-series and 300-series.

“Windows 11 is just around the corner, and we know many users
are participating in Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program and
have access to an early build of Windows. If you’re one of
those people, you can now take advantage of all the features
found in Radeon Software,” AMD said in a statement.

If you’re interested, you can download the driver from the
company’s website. The
drivers will not enable Windows 11 support for unsupported PCs.

In addition to Windows 11 drivers, AMD has released Radeon
Software Adrenalin 21.9.1 driver with support for a new feature
called “Smart Access Memory” for Radeon RX 5000 graphics cards.

Windows 11 drivers and hardware requirements

As you’re probably aware, Microsoft has set a baseline of
hardware requirements for Windows 11. Windows 11 is available
for free download, but it cannot be installed via Windows
Update on PCs powered by Intel’s sixth and seventh-generation
processors, and AMD Ryzen CPUs older than Ryzen 2000.

In other words, if you have a device with an old processor like
Ryzen 1000, it will not be able to run Windows 11. However, you
can still download the drivers to improve support for Windows
11 and address bugs affecting the rounded corners of app
windows.

In fact, Asus is testing Windows 11 BIOS and driver support for
unsupported processors (6th and 7th gen Intel hardware).

In the release notes of firmware updates for STRIX Z270F,

Asus confirmed that it is testing Windows 11 support for a
motherboard that supports the Kaby Lake series of CPUs,
alongside Celeron G3900 and above. These CPUs are officially
not compatible with the new operating system.

Windows 11’s extended support currently remains limited to some
motherboards and Intel CPUs, but it’s possible that companies
like Asus aren’t done, so your motherboard with older Intel or
AMD CPU may be eligible soon for Windows 11 compatibility soon.

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