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AMD Anti-Lag+ will get you banned by Valve

by on14 October 2023

And it might be worse than that

It appears that enabling AMD's Anti-Lag+ feature will get you banned in Counter Strike 2. The issue might not be limited to Valve's latest game but also some other competitive games.

AMD has recently announced its latest version of AMD Software Adrenalin drivers, which added support for Anti-Lag+ in Counter Strike 2, only to get some of the gamers banned by the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system. In a recent Twitter post, Valve has confirmed that the AMD's latest feature is implemented by detouring engine dll functions, and any tampering with CS code simply results in a VAC ban.

The AMD Anti-Lag+ is limited to RDNA 3-based graphics cards, so Radeon RX 7000 series are the only graphics cards that support it. The list of games that support AMD Anti-Lag+ is quite extensive and it should work just fine unless we are talking about competitive games. According to, the issue is not limited to Counter Strike 2, but also to Apex Legends, Call of Duty, and some other multiplayer games.

Hopefully, AMD can get it sorted soon, as this has forced it to remove its latest driver from the list, and this one brought important fixes and updates for some other games like Assassin’s Creed: Mirage, Lords of the Fallen and Forza Motorsport. It is left to be seen if Valve can simply whitelist AMD's driver or AMD's way of bringing lower latency to games is not the way to go, as Nvidia Reflex works just fine.


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