I just downloaded a driver from back in June with Hardware Acceleration, but the driver I had before was more up-to-date (I think from last month). Do you know if updating my driver in the future with normal (non-HWS driver), remove the hardware acceleration of this one?
The driver I downloaded is 20.5.1 HWS
The one I had before was Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.9.1 Recommended (WHQL), File Size 429MB, Release Date 9/16/2020
Ryzen 5 2500
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO Wi-Fi
Yes, that "Hardware Acceleration" is only with this (20.5.1) driver. Any other driver is without it, and it will be removed in case of update
I checked all of the Previous Driver Release notes and there is no mention of the the feature in any of the following release notes:
No mention in these either:
This video discusses it.
The option is missing in System -> Display -> Graphics Settings with Adrenalin 2020 20.11.2 drivers installed.
In summary it looks like it was only in the 2.5.1. Beta Driver, but not enabled by default in subsequent released drivers.
I have not looked in detail at the original 20.5.1 Beta Driver but it may be the case that there is a windows registry variable that needs to be enabled.
Based on my previous experience, it might be the case that it can be enabled in the current drivers using such a windows registry variable. I do not know and I have not checked.
For example the AMD Vanguard Beta Testers may be working on it:
I refuse to get involved because it requires signing an NDA.
I also prefer giving feedback from "outside the tent" rather from the inside.
It might be supported in the new Adrenalin 2021 driver launch which will likely be timed for around the RX6900XT Flagship RDNA2 GPU.
Perhaps @amdmatt or @ray_m might be able to give you an update?
Thats all I can do.