AYANEO (6800U) consoles may need a new BIOS
The console maker reports that the latest Adrenalin 23.2.1 driver has a bug that could limit available memory for the integrated GPU.
AYANEO 2 and AYANEO GEEK are two handheld gaming consoles featuring Ryzen 7 6800U APU with Zen3+ and RDNA2 architectures. This capable low-power processor has been a catalyst for the growing popularity of such products, and the upcoming Ryzen 7040 series should be just as interesting.
Yesterday, AMD released a new driver for its Radeon GPUs. This driver supports Radeon 6000 and 7000 GPUs. Moreover, it also supports mobile Radeon 6000M/5000M series and Radeon 600M GPUs which are integrated into Ryzen APUs.
AMD Radeon 680M has either 3GB or 6GB of VRAM (shared with system memory), but it may be limited to just 512MB with the latest drivers. The company claims that this is a bug within the driver, and the only known permanent solution is to upgrade the BIOS. Otherwise, users are asked not to reset the driver to factory settings, which may help to retain the original VRAM capacity.
Should one encounter such problems, a BIOS upgrade is required. The company offers a detailed walkthrough for this issue, but the risk of doing something wrong is always high. It is not clear how widespread the problem is, but the company is sure AYANEO 2021, AIR and NEXT models are not affected. All these products are based on Ryzen 5000 and older APUs.