I agree with that modern software is often unnecessary complicated.
I like Catalyst center, a software that came with a graphics card I got in 2010. It uses less than 10 mb, and has all the functions I need. Then AMD replaced it with Radeon settings, which I disliked, so I didn't install it. But when I got a new graphics card, and tried to install Catalyst center using the old driver CD, the installation software didn't show it as an option. So I put in the old graphics card, installed the driver package, for then to remove the driver but leave Catalyst center installed. Then I put in the new card and installed the driver, but not Radeon settings. -And it worked. Later I got another Radeon card, and it worked with that as well. But in 2020, the driver package no longer allowed one to uncheck installation of Radeon settings, so when I installed it, Catalyst center was automatically removed. So then I went back to a 2019 drivers to get it to work again.
So I've had to jump through all these hoops, just because AMD doesn't want one to choose what driver software to use.
I think Radeon software is now 200-300 mb, which increases startup time and slows down perfomance on older computers.