AMD Framepacing Catalyst 13.8 driver review

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    We examine the new AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta driver that should insert a new feature called framepacing. In our recent FCAT benchmarking article from April, we discovered that AMD Crossfire suffers badly...

    AMD Framepacing Catalyst 13.8 driver review
     
  2. BLEH!

    BLEH! Ancient Guru

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    I still don't fully understand how this works, but if it's an improvement... :D
     
  3. Steppzor

    Steppzor Master Guru

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    "This first 13.8 beta only supports framepacing in DX10 and 11 games and is compatible with Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 in the first phase"

    Sure 8.1 is supported? Windows unable to detect driver package under installation.. Windows refuses to let me manual install from .inf from device manager.
     
  4. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    No 8.1 is not yet officially supported. My grammar checker added that as he assumed 8.1 would be supported. Fixing.
     

  5. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

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    I wonder how the 7990 compairs to 770 SLI as the 690 is hardware based framepacing and the 7990 is software based as 770 SLI is overall impresive results a little fine tuning to get rid of the runt and dropped frames and AMD will have something. Bravo AMD bravo.
     
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    yasamoka Ancient Guru

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    680 and 770 have hardware for frame metering, as 690. Tom Petersen of Nvidia has confirmed that in his video with pcper.

    Epic review Hilbert, as always.
     
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    It was always a shame to see great hardware held back by un-polished drivers. Nice to see AMD is targeting the problem and producing solutions
     
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    Seren Master Guru

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    Nice informative article, was looking forward to seeing the driver tested with a single card though to see if the changes causes any regressions.
     
  9. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

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    I was unaware of that thanks for correcting.

    Does this only effect GCN or will the cayman based gpu's benefit as well?
     
  10. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Not possible as the framepace algorithm can only activate once you have two or more GPUs.
     

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    These drivers install fine for me with Windows 8.1. I only have a single GPU though....
     
  12. yasamoka

    yasamoka Ancient Guru

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    @ Loop the option showed up for a 6900 series CFX user so I think yes.
     
  13. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

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    Good to hear. Looks as though AMD has leveled the playing field now I will be watching both camps next offerings.
     
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    Rich_Guy Ancient Guru

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    Great review Hilbert, AMD have done a sterling job, and its only going to get better, well done AMD. :)
     
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    Very nice review,if AMD keeps going like this,in the right direction with drivers,they will have my money on the next gen. cardz,gj AMD!
     

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    You should also check Anandtech's article about it. Very, very informative.

    I'm glad AMD is improving their drivers as they are.

    A couple years ago AMD's drivers were horrible, nowadays single GPU drivers actually seem more stable than nVidia's drivers, although multi-GPU still seems to need a lot of work, specially APU+GPU (I still don't understand why that's dealt with so badly).
     
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  17. yasamoka

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    Been watching for reviews and articles for hours since the driver release.

    Amazing stuff. I'd like to know how previous generation Nvidia GPUs do in frame pacing as those allegedly have hardware-based frame metering. This idea is confusing me since microstutter was apparent before Kepler yet even G80 had hardware for that stuff.
     
  18. Espionage724

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    You're sure about this? I have a desktop and laptop with 8.1 Preview (9431) and both couldn't install this driver. My desktop is single-GPU (7850) and my laptop is Dual Graphics (7660G + 7670M)
     
  19. PhazeDelta1

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    Hey Hilbert, what is that green PCB add in card above the SSD in the pic on page 4?


    Nice review btw. Good work AMD for taking care of a long standing issue.
     
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    Many thanks Hilbert! :)
     

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