AMD Catalyst 13.x (13.150.100.1) OpenGL 4.3 Beta Driver

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  1. Espionage724

    Espionage724 Guest

    Not entirely true...

    These drivers seem to actually be an updated version of the Windows 8.1 Preview drivers (take note of the V2 on the Desktop drivers).

    And also, AMD is known for some small un-noted improvements too.

    So, these drivers are pretty far from useless. On the other hand, if the only single most important feature to you is a large note of frame pacing improvements, then I guess you might be disappointed.
     
  2. zbaic

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    so, if I have a single-GPU GCN (7xxx) card ATM, and Cats 13.6 beta 2 (on Win7 64-bit) installed on my setup,

    what should I do: install these drivers or wait for the Jul 31 driver?

    Has anyone noticed any (performance/stability/game smoothness/image quality etc) improvements in this driver, compared to Cat 13.6b2 on single-GPU setups (and Win7_64)?

    Or should I NOT bother with these and wait for Jul 31 (or even August betas) drivers instead? I'd like to not mess up anything, as I suspect Jul 31 will be older-dated than these ones (WHQL takes time etc)..

    ps could anyone check if Doom 3 BFG Edition (OpenGL app/game) works with these drivers (I remember it being broken on 13.5/13.6's)? Maybe they fixed it finally with this OpenGL-4.3-complete beta driver?
     
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  3. Seren

    Seren Master Guru

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    AMD never promised a memory manage re-write by any certain time, though they did promise a frame pacing driver by end of July.
     
  4. zbaic

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    "AMD never promised a memory manage re-write by any certain time,"

    AFAIR they did (at the beginning of 2013, when this issue was hot topic). The timeframe was June/July driver. I think others can confirm it, even back it up with relevant links. Fixing Frame pacing for Crossfire was another, more recent issue.
     

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    Current tests of this driver show some improvement. Things are smoother...
     
  6. warlord

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    skyrim ultra @ 1080p with 50 mods goes smooth as butter with these here :D
     
  7. X7007

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    Do I need to install the Amd profiles from AMD_Catalyst_13.5_CAP1.05212013


    Now Skyrim full patch + 3D tridef Side by Side + Lucidlogix Virtual + Hyperperformance , works 40 Fps minimum .

    VirtualVsync is awsome with this game because it makes the mouse move like with Vsync Off, and because you can't disable vsync in Skyrim, it makes it more fun to play without delay.

    Before with VirtualVsync it was 25 Fps.

    Now I can finally play it.
     
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  8. N3MBOT

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    instaled these yesterday, worst performance than previous ones in games and if gpu rendering is enabled in sony vegas i loose video feed in the preview window for all codecs...
    with gpu rendering disabled the video is back.

    im not using windows 8.1 preview , just the normal one , could this be the fault?
     
  9. X7007

    X7007 Ancient Guru

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    No one alive ? Do I need the 13.5 CAP1 ? with those drivers
     
  10. JonasBeckman

    JonasBeckman Ancient Guru

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    It doesn't cause any problems to always have the latest CAP installed (It just won't be used if the drivers already include a newer version.) but I don't know if these drivers include a newer version with the core files, didn't check.
     

  11. warlord

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    windows 8.1 preview drivers V1 and V2 DO NOT NEED ANY CAPS
     
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    I've noticed, my command and conquer collection on origin, these drivers won't work with any of the older games, the one where it is all 2d sprites.
     
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    Not always true. I installed the CAPs on this driver and my performance in Tomb Raider was cut by more than half. Those caps did not support CF in the game and the ones that come with the driver do.

    So it does hurt to simply install them, if you already have something newer.
     
  14. CPC_RedDawn

    CPC_RedDawn Ancient Guru

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    Excellent drivers so far, had one crash with Battlefield Bad Company 2 thought it was my overclock but set everything back to stock and same thing happened all other games are perfect.
     
  15. JonasBeckman

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    I see, I was under the impression that the C:\Program Files\ profiles .blb file would be ignored if the C:\Windows\System\ profile .blb CAP was newer but I might have understood it incorrectly. :)
    (Thus you could keep the previous CAP installed even if the drivers already contained a newer set and just upgrade when a newer CAP was released.)

    Of course as a single-GPU user there's only a dozen or so improvements that actually apply to my own configuration other than the forced AA disabling that a few titles have been given via these profile updates.
     

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    Did you try with afterburner disabled? Try it even overclocked.
     
  17. Sdar

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    This drivers are capable of compile and run blender cycles with Opencl (with some bugs) so it's possible that amd has added register spill.

    It's a huge improvement for opencl programs with big kernels.
     
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    @warlord: Somebody asked RH on Twitter if the frame-pacing driver will work for the 6990, and RH replied: yes.

    So I don't really know where the idea that the frame-pacing is only targeted at the 7000 series for now came from. It will apply across the previous generations as well.
     
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    He did say the July 31st release is mainly for 7990 while frame-pacing for the rest will be in August.
    Y'know, the days right after July 31st.

    In any case, doesn't really matter.
    Whether it'll be everything in one release or trickling one after another, as long as AMD get it right.
     
  20. Newbie2012

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    I dunno, I think this frame pacing thing has been blown out of proportion/Nvidia marketing.
    I was playing Remember me maxed with xfire over the weekend. Ran perfectly, nice and smooth.

    If it is an improvement, all good, but I don't think there will be a stark difference.
     

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