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AMD releases its own noise suppression tool to take on Nvidia’s RTX Broadcast

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Update: only if you have AMD’s RDNA2 graphics

AMD accidentally leaked its Noise Suppression feature last week, and now it’s officially making it available as part of its Adrenalin software. The latest Adrenalin Edition 22.7.1 update includes AMD Noise Suppression, which will reduce background audio noise using a real-time deep learning algorithm.

AMD Noise Suppression works very similarly to RTX Broadcast, allowing you to filter unwanted background noise from your own microphone or even from someone else’s device if you’re on a call. AMD has integrated its Noise Suppression feature directly into the Adrenalin interface, so you don’t need to download a separate app like Nvidia requires to use RTX Broadcast.

Unfortunately, it won’t be available to many AMD customers to start. While AMD originally wrote it would work with Ryzen 5000-series CPUs — not just AMD graphics — it turns out that’s wrong. “AMD Noise Suppression technology is only supported on AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards and mobile GPUs, and Ryzen 6000 Series processors with RDNA 2 graphics,” reads a correction from AMD’s Warren Eng to The Verge.

If you do have those newer RDNA 2 graphics on a supported chip, though, the feature can be enabled in the audio and video section of the Adrenalin software.

You can enable AMD Noise Suppression in the Adrenalin software.
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Nvidia wowed us with RTX Voice (now RTX Broadcast) a couple of years ago, and since then we’ve seen Discord, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet all add background noise suppression. While it’s great to have support from many different apps, the implementations vary and the beauty of RTX Broadcast and AMD Noise Suppression is that it creates a virtual microphone that you can use across any app.

Alongside background noise suppression, AMD’s latest drivers also include more OpenGL optimizations. AMD says Minecraft will see a performance increase of up to 85 percent over the previous driver. Radeon Boost with Variable Rate Shading has also been added to Elden Ring, Valorant, and Resident Evil Village. This will essentially use different shading rates in parts of an image to improve image quality and performance.

AMD’s Radeon Super Resolution upscaling feature will now be supported on discrete Radeon RX 5000 and RX 6000 series GPUs in laptops, and now includes borderless fullscreen support. This driver-based solution will upscale and improve any game’s performance where AMD’s superior FidelityFX Super Resolution hasn’t been integrated.

Correction, 7:18PM ET: AMD originally wrote that Ryzen 5000 CPUs could take advantage of the feature, but told us after publication that it was wrong — only RX 6000 graphics cards and Ryzen 6000 APUs with RDNA 2 graphics are supported.