Best AMD Radeon Settings in 2021

AMD Radeon Software is an amazing tool that allows us to do things like changing our GPU and game settings, fine-tuning fan speeds, monitoring temperatures, and even overclocking our GPU.

Below you can find the Best AMD Radeon settings with explanations and suggestions for each setting so you can tweak them to your needs.

Here is a video I’ve made with the best AMD Radeon Settings if you prefer watching than reading, but I suggest you do both since this post is more up-to-date.

Before we even start optimizing our AMD Radeon settings, make sure you have the latest GPU drivers installed on your computer. To do that, right-click on your desktop and click on AMD Radeon Software, now navigate to the Home tab of AMD Radeon Software. On the right side, you should see a small box with the title DRIVER & SOFTWARE. If you do, then click Check for updates and download and install if there is any available. If there isn’t, you are good to go.

How to check if you have the latest AMD  GPU drivers installed on your computer.

Now let’s start tweaking and optimizing our AMD Radeon Software settings.

Let’s optimize the Graphics tab of AMD Radeon Software

To navigate to the Graphics tab, click on Gaming – > Games -> Global Graphics.

Demonstrates how to navigate to the Graphics tab of AMD Radeon Software.

Now you should be able to see several default profiles by AMD. Click on the eSports profile since it has some of the best settings by default.

eSports profile on AMD Radeon software.
The profile you should choose is the red one

Okay, now you can see a list of settings. We will go through them one by one and choose the best.

Radeon Anti-Lag

Reduces input lag by reducing the time passed between your clicks and the output on the screen

It shows the best setting for the Radeon AntiLag setting in the AMD Radeon software panel.

Recommendation

Keep it Enabled at all times on any computer.


Radeon Chill: Dynamically regulates framerate to save power when that’s possible.

It shows the best setting for the Radeon Chill setting in the AMD Radeon software panel.

Recommendation

Keep it disabled on any desktop computer. You can enable it on your Laptop if you are playing without a charger.


Radeon Boost

Lowers your resolution dynamically to increase performance.

It shows the best setting for the Radeon boost setting in the AMD Radeon software panel.

Recommendation

On medium/High-end PC, keep it disabled since you most probably won’t see any difference. On the other hand, if you have a really low-end pc or laptop, I recommend you Enable it.


Radeon Image Sharpening

Improves visuals for a minimal performance cost( Totally worth it).

It shows the best settings for the Radeon image sharpening setting in the AMD Radeon software panel.

Recommendation

Enabled.

Sharpness: This is a personal preference. I like to keep it between 70% and 90%


Radeon Enhanced Sync

Reduces both tearing and lag when your games fps is higher than your monitor’s refresh rate.

It shows the best setting for the Radeon Enhanced Sync setting in the AMD Radeon software panel.

Recommendation

Personally, I use Freesync, so I always keep this disabled since it doesn’t improve tearing or lag in my case. A lot of users have reported unstable performance when enabling this option and others say it works wonders. The best you can do is to test it by yourself and see what works best for you!


Wait for Vertical Refresh(V-sync)

Locks your FPS to your monitor’s refresh rate.

It shows the best setting for the Vsync setting in the AMD Radeon software panel.

Recommendation

Always off.


Anti-Aliasing

Improves image quality by reducing jagged edges from textures

It shows the best setting for the AntiAliasing setting in the AMD Radeon software panel.

Recommendation

Use application settings


Anti-Aliasing Method

Improves image quality by reducing aliasing at the edge of the textures

It shows the best AntiAliasing Method on AMD Software

Recommendations

Choose on your own, depending on your needs. I will shortly describe the performance/visuals balance so you can make up your decision depending on your needs and your GPU.

  • Multisampling: Best performance out of the three options, lowest graphics quality
  • Adaptive Multisampling: The middle of options of these two in terms of visuals/ performance.
  • Supersampling: Best visuals, but it’s graphically demanding.

Morphological Anti-Aliasing

It’s an Anti-Aliasing technique that can be used in combination with the three AA modes. It claims to have a similar effect with SSAA but with less performance hit.

It shows Morphological Anti Aliasing best setting

Recommendations

Disabled. It’s worth experimenting with different games since it’s effectiveness varies from game to game.


Anisotropic Filtering

Increases and sharpens the quality of textures on surfaces that appear far away or at odd angles.

It shows how to properly configure anisotropic filtering and filtering level on AMD Software.

Recommendations

Personally on my RX5700xt I keep this enabled and 16x.

  • Disabled: For the best performance possible ( More FPS )
  • 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x: Depending on your GPU and the games you play, make a few tests, and see which one gives you the best quality/performance balance.

Texture Filtering Quality

Changes texture quality depending on the option chosen. It has the lowest impact on visuals quality compared to the rest of the settings.

How to set texture filtering quality to performance

Recommendation

Performance


Surface Format Optimization

Enables the graphic driver to change rendering surface formats. This results in improved performance and GPU usage, but it’s somehow an outdated setting used years ago and unlikely to bring performance increase in modern games.

Surface Format Optimization set to enable for the best performance on AMD Software

Recommendation

It won’t mess anything up, so you can keep it enabled just in case it helps your performance in any game.


Tessellation Mode

Enhances the details of the objects. It has a high impact on the performance of games that use a high level of tessellation.

It shows the best setting for Tessellation Mode as described on my post.

Recommendations

  • Override application settings – OFF : Best performance possible (Highest FPS)
  • Use application settings: The best option for Performance / Quality balance
  • x64: Highest visuals quality possible, but has a noticeable impact on GPU ( It depends how much noticeable it depends on your GPU)

OpenGL Triple Buffering

Not many games/apps use the OpenGL API nowadays, but for those who do(Here is a list), this setting can give you a smoother experience.

OpenGL tripple buffering set to disable. Best setting as described to my post

Recommendations

Disabled, unless your game/app support it.


Reset Shader Cache

Stores shaders for games locally on your disk to greatly improve loading times. I recommend you perform a reset every 6-12 months since it eats up a lot of space after some time.

Reset Shader Cache of AMD Software. It shows how the setting looks like.

These were the best AMD Radeon settings for your graphics tab, but we are not done yet. Now let’s move to the Display tab of AMD Radeon Software.

Let’s optimize the Display tab of AMD Radeon Software

The display tab is exactly next to the graphics tab that we were previously optimizing the settings.

AMD Freesync / AMD Freesync Premium

A technology that synchronizes your monitor’s refresh and graphics card, adapting the monitor’s refresh rate to the GPU.

Best setting for AMD Freesync / AMD Freesync Premium for AMD users

Recommendations

Enabled. Your monitor and GPU have to be free sync compatible for this option to be available to you. If you have this option, then I highly recommend you enable it.


Virtual Super Resolution

This setting opens resolutions higher than your monitor can ( for example, 2k on a 1080p monitor), then shrinks the resolution down to your monitor size, resulting in a crisper picture.

Visual Super Resolution setting

Recommendations

It depends on your needs, the games that you play, and GPU capabilities.


GPU Scaling/Scaling Mode

This setting uses your graphics card to fit the resolution of whatever you are running on your screen.

GPU Scaling and Scaling Mode setting

Recommendation

Test it to see what works best for you .


Color depth/Pixel Format/Custom Colors

I prefer to keep the default ones.


Overrides

On this tab, you will find 2 settings, Voltage Swing and PreEmphasis. If you are experiencing black screens and flickering, play around these two settings by changing their values. If you don’t have any of these issues, then I recommend you don’t change these values at all.


Now we are done with the display tab, and we can move on to the last part of this guide, where I will show you how to fine-tune your GPU, set your fan speeds correctly, and get a bit of a performance boost.

Best GPU fan settings for AMD Radeon

By default, AMD fan settings are badly optimized and can make your computer run hot even on minimal load.

To get to the fan settings tab do the following :

Assuming you are on AMD Software Panel, click on Performance and then Tuning. Now you should see Fan Tuning option -> Enabled -> Advanced Control -> Enabled. ( Your GPU may not have these options available, but if it does continue reading)

How to access fan settings on AMD Software

Now you can adjust the fan speed depending on the temperature of your GPU. Now, depending on your usage you might want to tweak it accordingly . I will show you below three optimized fan settings profiles and for what they can be used their pros and cons.

Fan Settings #1 – The gaming fan settings plan / All-around

This plan is a good option for gaming and keeping the temperatures as low as possible while keeping the noise level acceptable. Actually, these are my main settings, and never had issues.

Best fan settings/tuning for gaming.

Fan Settings #2 – Low Noise still cool

This plan is suitable if you do not do any GPU heavy tasks to increase the temperatures dramatically. It’s a good solution if you are surfing the internet, watching movies, reading, playing light games, etc.

Best fan settings for normal use and low noise.

Note that these fan settings plans are based on my RX5700xt. Performance, temperatures, and results may greatly vary from yours, so you may need to adjust these plans according to your results and needs.

Once you have optimized your AMD GPU fan settings, you are ready. Now you have the best AMD Radeon settings configured on your computer! The next step is to debloat Windows 10 and optimize your network settings for the best ping possible to achieve the absolute best experience while using your computer! I really hope I helped you out with this guide.

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Once the scan is completed, quarantine everything and restart your PC.

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Guides to Optimize your PC

Below you can find some posts from me that will help you optimize your PC even more and possibly increase your FPS.

If you have any suggestions or questions do not hesitate to contact me or comment down below!

Comments

  1. Thanks! My first non mining AMD GPU and I didn’t know where to start. Appreciate the thorough write up!

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