Destiny 2: How to fix low FPS and stuttering with AMD graphics cards

Published: 20:32, 11 February 2021
Destiny 2: Spider's Lair in Tangled Shore
Destiny 2: Spider's Lair in Tangled Shore

Did you buy a shiny new 6000 series AMD GPU but Destiny 2 performance is terrible, especially in Tangled Shore? Maybe you didn't change the GPU but your AMD card that used to run the game fine and now it doesn't? This guide should help you out.

Destiny 2 used to be extremely well optimised but that changed with the launch of Beyond Light when Stasis powers started tanking the performance of everyone around them but that wasn't even the worst part of it. Tangled Shore areas, and especially Thieves' Landing, could drop your FPS down to 40 even when packing an RX 5700 XT or even some of the new 6000 series GPUs.

The fix is not out yet, three months after the issue appeared and it remains to be seen when Bungie might deploy it but we do have a bypass for you that should work like a charm. All you need to do it change your driver back to 20.4.2 version.

How to roll back AMD Radeon Software driver to 20.4.2

The process of getting this particular version is really simple actually. Just go to the official website where you can download AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 20.4.2 and download the installer package. There are two options to download, one for Windows 7 and the other for Windows 10. Just pick the one for the operating system you're running and launch the installer once it's downloaded.

Choose which disk to install it on and click Next. When you're done with that, the Adrenalin UI will appear with a similar prompt, where you can decide the install location for the software but more importantly - tick the box next to the Factory Reset option.

AMD AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin installation - You need to check that box AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin installation - Factory Reset is unchecked by default. You need to check it manually.

Checking this box will let the software delete any other AMD display driver you may have installed already which saves you the trouble of having to do it manually with DDU, Safe Mode and the whole shebang. 

When you click Install, the software will do the rest. Your screen will flicker and the PC will restart eventually but it's all normal. Once it boots up again, you will be ready to run Destiny 2 and those glorious frame rates will be back.

The downside here is that you will be running with display driver that's not up to date which may or may not have adverse effects on performance when newer games are in question but if you're playing Destiny 2, chances are you've given up everything else.

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