Thursday, 01 December 2011 20:47

AMD releases Catalyst 11.11c performance driver

Written by Slobodan Simic

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Crossfire scaling for HD 5000 in Skyrim


As was promised with the release of the 11.11b performance driver, AMD has now launched yet another performance driver that fixes performance scaling on Radeon HD 5000 series graphics cards in the Elder Scrolls Skyrim.

AMD received a lot of bad press over driver performance in some games for quite a while now, but it looks as if that the company is finally getting it right, as we have seen a couple of performance drivers and tweaks in a very short period of time. The first performance 11.11 driver was released on 22nd of November. In addition to the added Crossfire scaling for the AMD Radeon HD 5000 series cards in Elder Scrolls Skyrim, the new Catalyst 11.11c performance driver also brings all the performance improvements, tweaks and fixes seen in the Catalyst 11.11a performance driver.

Of course, it is mostly a minor update or two for new game titles but it is definitely a way to go. Hopefully, we'll see these "performance drivers" in future as well. 

The new driver can be found here, but unless you are running on Radeon HD 5000 series cards in Crossfire and want to play Skyrim, you'll be fine with the 11.11a as that is the one with all the performance improvements.

 

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-2 #1 dcal4 2011-12-01 22:36
When is AMD finally going to bring Crossfire to HD3D? Its amazing to me that we are still waiting to use Crossfire for 3D gaming. I would think that feature would be a priority considering that it is gaining popularity. HD3D is not nescesarilly new anymore. I e-mailed AMD recently and got the "our engineers are working on it" lameness. Kind of liked they worked on Bulldozer for 10 years right? Always been an AMD supporter but staring to wonder now.
 
 
0 #2 DaRAGE 2011-12-01 23:03
Nah AMD are fine with the performance of the graphics cards. And mostly they have been fine with drivers. It was pretty much just RAGE and Skyrim they have had issues with lately. And guess what companies are involved? id & Bethesda. OpenGL - Fail. All my bethesda games seem to stuff up with glitches.

AMD CPU's suck. AMD GPU's awesome.

HOWEVER, I must say now that these drivers are out. I am running RAGE using drivers 11.11b, and with user-made rageConfig.cfg version 2.01 (from steam RAGE forums, and with FOV set at 105 instead of 80, using memory stats of 16384, RAGE is a new game and it looks FANTASTIC (aside from some blurry low textures here and there, but other than that.. WOW)
 
 
-2 #3 las 2011-12-02 01:46
Just RAGE and Skyrim?

Serious Sam 3, Batman Arkham City, The Witcher 2 and several others. All had various problems on my AMD setup (6950 CF) on release, some still isnt fixed. On my nVidia setup (580 SLI) it was running flawlessly from day one.. Im not saying AMD cards are bad, they are OK, but their driver department is (still) useless.

And i disagree, RAGE is bad. Locked at 60 fps is the most fail thing ever. Most hardcore FPS gamers is using at least 100 Hz on either LCD or CRT. Like OpenGL wasnt enough.. It plays and feels like a console port. Most boring game for years, everything is scripted and just meh. I wonder how they can spend years on RAGE and release garbage like that, very dissapointed. I think ID gave up on PC gaming, and went mainsteam console crap
 
 
+2 #4 Sodomy 2011-12-02 02:02
Quoting dcal4:
When is AMD finally going to bring Crossfire to HD3D? Its amazing to me that we are still waiting to use Crossfire for 3D gaming. I would think that feature would be a priority considering that it is gaining popularity. HD3D is not nescesarilly new anymore. I e-mailed AMD recently and got the "our engineers are working on it" lameness.


shows your knowledge of the topic. AMD have had 3d for much longer then nVidia, Infact going back before the buyout, to the ATI x1X00 days you could download for free (if you had nvidia it was like $100 or so) third party tools to enable 3d, and you where not limited by the type, you had the choice of steroscopic, or it you prefered you could where the 50c blue and red glasses.
 
 
-1 #5 dcal4 2011-12-02 05:15
Quote:
shows your knowledge of the topic. AMD have had 3d for much longer then nVidia, Infact going back before the buyout, to the ATI x1X00 days you could download for free (if you had nvidia it was like $100 or so) third party tools to enable 3d, and you where not limited by the type, you had the choice of steroscopic, or it you prefered you could where the 50c blue and red glasses
.

I am talking about Crossfire in HD3D, something AMD does not support yet. I have been playing games in 3D on my single Radeon for a while now, but Crossfire with two GPU's is not yet supported in HD3D
 
 
+4 #6 Sodomy 2011-12-02 08:55
Quoting dcal4:
I am talking about Crossfire in HD3D, something AMD does not support yet. I have been playing games in 3D on my single Radeon for a while now, but Crossfire with two GPU's is not yet supported in HD3D


No, thats where you are wrong, It does support it in crossfire, however that is all modes/types except stereoscopic 3D gaming with frame sequential displays using active shutter glasses, in otherwords any of the technologies that require quad buffer, which is just steroscopic 3d, you can still enable the old red and blue 3d, amoung others (the entire list of 3d that can be used on AMD cards is here http://www.iz3d.com/3dtechnologies - with the expection of crossfire and steroscopic).
 
 
0 #7 Kryojenix 2011-12-02 10:50
YAY! :D
 
 
+1 #8 cool_recep 2011-12-02 15:04
Quoting DaRAGE:
Nah AMD are fine with the performance of the graphics cards. And mostly they have been fine with drivers. It was pretty much just RAGE and Skyrim they have had issues with lately. And guess what companies are involved? id & Bethesda. OpenGL - Fail. All my bethesda games seem to stuff up with glitches.

AMD CPU's suck. AMD GPU's awesome.

HOWEVER, I must say now that these drivers are out. I am running RAGE using drivers 11.11b, and with user-made rageConfig.cfg version 2.01 (from steam RAGE forums, and with FOV set at 105 instead of 80, using memory stats of 16384, RAGE is a new game and it looks FANTASTIC (aside from some blurry low textures here and there, but other than that.. WOW)


From when power saving CPUs suck?
 

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