AMD Introduces Radeon Anti-Lag 2 with Game-Integrated Technology, Debuts in Counter-Strike 2


AMD has announced the release of Radeon Anti-Lag 2, a revamped latency reduction technology now available as a technical preview in Counter-Strike 2. This new iteration addresses previous issues with Anti-Lag+ by integrating directly within game files, preventing conflicts with anti-cheat software.

Issues with Anti-Lag+

Last year, AMD’s Anti-Lag+ aimed to compete with NVIDIA’s Reflex by reducing latency through driver-level integration. However, this method inadvertently modified game files, triggering anti-cheat systems and leading to player bans.

In contrast, NVIDIA’s Reflex avoided such issues by embedding within games through collaboration with developers. Consequently, AMD had to withdraw Anti-Lag+ support and promised a revised approach.

Radeon Anti-Lag 2

Radeon Anti-Lag 2 represents a significant overhaul. Unlike its predecessor, it is integrated within the game itself, making support game-specific but ensuring compliance with anti-cheat measures.

This integration is initially available in Counter-Strike 2, the game where Anti-Lag+ first encountered problems. AMD reports that Radeon Anti-Lag 2 offers an average 37% reduction in latency compared to having no Anti-Lag enabled.

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Improved Compatibility and Performance

Radeon Anti-Lag 2 is compatible with a broader range of AMD hardware, including Radeon RX 5000 series and newer GPUs, as well as Ryzen 6000 series and newer processors, except for select Ryzen 7000 series with GCN architecture-based graphics. This expansion allows more gamers to benefit from reduced latency.

AMD demonstrated the technology’s effectiveness with benchmarks showcasing significant latency improvements on Radeon RX 7000 and Radeon 700M iGPUs. These enhancements promise smoother and more responsive gaming experiences.

How to Enable Radeon Anti-Lag 2 in Counter-Strike 2

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To enable the new Radeon Anti-Lag 2 in Counter-Strike 2, follow these steps:

  1. Download and Install the Driver:
    • Get the AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 24.5.1 driver, which includes the Anti-Lag 2 Technical Preview.
  2. Enable Anti-Lag 2:
    • Launch Counter-Strike 2 and navigate to the “ADVANCED VIDEO” settings menu.
    • “AMD Anti-Lag 2.0” should be enabled by default.
  3. Monitor and Report:
    • Use the Alt+Shift+L hotkey to enable the Latency Monitor.
    • Report any issues through the AMD Bug Report Tool in the AMD Software.
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Future Support and Developer Tools

To facilitate wider adoption, AMD plans to release the Radeon Anti-Lag 2 SDK for game developers via GPUOpen. AMD has also committed to expanding support to more games in the future. Currently, gamers can access Radeon Anti-Lag 2 through the latest AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 24.5.1 driver package.

The necessary update for Counter-Strike 2 is live on Steam, allowing users to enable or disable the technology within the game settings.

AMD’s introduction of Radeon Anti-Lag 2 marks a significant step forward in latency reduction technology, offering a reliable and efficient solution without the risk of game bans. With its game-integrated approach and expanded hardware compatibility, Radeon Anti-Lag 2 sets a new standard for responsive gaming.

For more information, visit AMD’s official announcement and download the latest drivers to experience Radeon Anti-Lag 2 in Counter-Strike 2.

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