Wednesday, December 11th 2013

AMD to Roll Out Eyefinity Frame-Pacing Fix in January

AMD is reportedly releasing a fix for frame-pacing issues for Radeon-based systems with Eyefinity setups in January, 2014, according to an AnandTech report. This September, AMD rolled out the first fix into the frame-pacing issues that affected Radeon GPUs based on the Graphics CoreNext architecture, in which raw-framerate didn't come with the right pacing between each frame, resulting in display output that isn't fluid, which even caused accusations to fly from some quarters about how honest AMD really is with performance numbers of its GPUs.

The Catalyst update that rolled out in September 2013 resolved the problem for a majority of users - with single displays connected to single GPUs, but left out cases in which people use Eyefinity (single display head spanning across multiple physical displays), on CrossFireX (multi-GPU) setups. It was originally expected that AMD would release the so-called "phase 2" Catalyst driver update looking into frame-pacing issues this November, but since the month has passed, AMD has obviously hit a delay. AnandTech reports that delay could last as long as two months, and one should expect "phase 2" to come out only towards the later half of January, since in the first half, AMD, along with the rest of the industry, will be busy with the 2014 International CES, where it will launch its next-generation A-Series APUs, codenamed "Kaveri."Source: AnandTech
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13 Comments on AMD to Roll Out Eyefinity Frame-Pacing Fix in January

#1
wermad
Patiently waiting. Quad 7970 Lightnings and 5x1 6000x1920 rig still wip :rockout:
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The Von Matrices
by: wermad
Patiently waiting. Quad 7970 Lightnings and 5x1 6000x1920 rig still wip :rockout:
You better have a lot of patience. I have zero confidence in AMD making that January deadline.

AMD has Kaveri, TrueAudio, and Mantle to release in that time frame. There's no way that frame pacing will get prioritized over those other three.

AMD's history of missing deadlines and performance targets has taught me me to never trust their promises. The only reason I keep AMD cards is because of crypocurrency mining. If it wasn't for that, I would have switched sides a long time ago.

In January there will be yet another announcement of a delay.
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jigar2speed
by: The Von Matrices
You better have a lot of patience. I have zero confidence in AMD making that January deadline.

AMD has Kaveri, TrueAudio, and Mantle to release in that time frame. There's no way that frame pacing will get prioritized over those other three.

AMD's history of missing deadlines and performance targets has taught me me to never trust their promises. The only reason I keep AMD cards is because of crypocurrency mining. If it wasn't for that, I would have switched sides a long time ago.

In January there will be yet another announcement of a delay.
Do you have any reference (Link )of such driver delays in past after announcements like this?
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The Von Matrices
by: jigar2speed
Do you have any reference (Link )of such driver delays in past after announcements like this?
AMD released its first single GPU stuttering fixes around March 2013 and promised a multi-gpu, single-monitor fix for June. It then got officially delayed to July, and eventually it was released in August as a beta. At that release, AMD promised a November multi-monitor, multi-GPU frame pacing driver, which as you see now, was never met.

AMD has promised a late December release for Mantle support for Battlefield 4, and yet two weeks out you haven't heard a peep from them about any details.

The company perpetually promises dates it can't meet.

Remember that AMD also is promising to have TrueAudio for the release of Thief in February 2014. That's a much higher profile issue, and they will get a lot more bad press for not shipping TrueAudio than delaying this frame pacing driver yet again. My expectations are a release of Crossfire Eyefinity frame pacing in March 2014 at the earliest, if ever.
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HumanSmoke
by: jigar2speed
Do you have any reference (Link )of such driver delays in past after announcements like this?
Well, if you're looking for a fairly recent example...
Two words...Enduro and underutilization.

You'll find that AMD promised to rectify the issue in October 2012- after burying it's head in the sand for the best part of a year. The fix still left a lot to be desired, as did the one after that, and the one after that...

As an affected user, I can PM you a timeline and support correspondence if you think that you need more convincing.
by: The Von Matrices
The company perpetually promises dates it can't meet.
Thankfully the client roadmap isn't the clusterf**k that the server (Magic 8-Ball) division is...How many of these saw the light of day!
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RCoon
Gaming Moderator
It's a little bit late for everyone who just gave up on AMD for eyefinity last year. It's more than welcome though, I just hope people who are waiting for this fix don't expect to see it in January :rolleyes:

"Don't stop now! Come on!"

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#7
Assimilator
Good to see AMD is still treating its loyal customers like s**t, while at the same time trying to get more customers so they can treat those like s**t as well.
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theoneandonlymrk
And what's it matter to a miner when this is released, 7 hate posts alreadyy.
I bet none before this post have even got eyefinity.
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RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: theoneandonlymrk
And what's it matter to a miner when this is released, 7 hate posts alreadyy.
I bet none before this post have even got eyefinity.
Ex dual 7950 user here who ran 3 22" monitors.
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hckngrtfakt
by: theoneandonlymrk
And what's it matter to a miner when this is released, 7 hate posts alreadyy.
I bet none before this post have even got eyefinity.
I had a 3 25" asus setup,... stuttering on NFS almost made the game unplayable, droped down to a single 25" but current driver borked crossfire, so yes, AMD's promises are nothing but air at this point, ... "beta" releases almost condense, but eventually is vapor too.
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theoneandonlymrk
Right so two out of seven are fair do's moaning the rest?, I already know.

Shit not long ago monitor 2 was for surfing only and no one , NOONE even new about frame pacing , now 6 month's later a company is worth slating every time for not pre empting peoples gayness about gameing Fps and the 95th percentile,,, shiiit, Except for one minute, that no company is perfect and many of us have had fair reason to maoan at and troll all these big tech companies pr shit but its a bit balls since its the same faces on here mostly and most do actually know whats going on Ish with each others shit so hearing the same driver moan every time from the same guy's gets a bit like " yeah ,, you said", its like sitting watching a match with my ol man , the same tale and a lot of rewinds then back to the start,, Amd's drivers are shit err guess what Ive had Ati gpus all the last 10 years and mostly had An Nvidia card all the time too and I had little to no issues with either bar xfire on 3870's initially wow they were a pain.
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Bow
by: The Von Matrices
You better have a lot of patience. I have zero confidence in AMD making that January deadline.
Agreed
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The Von Matrices
by: theoneandonlymrk
And what's it matter to a miner when this is released, 7 hate posts alreadyy.
I bet none before this post have even got eyefinity.
Do you think the only reason I have these cards is because of mining? Look at my system specifications. I bought my cards in early 2013, shortly before this whole issue came to widespread attention. The whole point of gettng three cards was because the mining could subsidize the gaming. I thought I was getting an upgrade from dual GTX 470's I had for Surround previously. In the end, since I only can use one card out of the three for any game, I actually have less performance than my previous system.

I would have forgiven AMD if the company had fixed this issue in a few months, but it's been a year. Knowing that graphics cards are some of the most finicky pieces of hardware when it comes to drivers, I won't be buying AMD for my next system because I don't have confidence in them to fix issues that may crop up.
by: theoneandonlymrk
Right so two out of seven are fair do's moaning the rest?, I already know.

Shit not long ago monitor 2 was for surfing only and no one , NOONE even new about frame pacing , now 6 month's later a company is worth slating every time for not pre empting peoples gayness about gameing Fps and the 95th percentile,,, shiiit, Except for one minute, that no company is perfect and many of us have had fair reason to maoan at and troll all these big tech companies pr shit but its a bit balls since its the same faces on here mostly and most do actually know whats going on Ish with each others shit so hearing the same driver moan every time from the same guy's gets a bit like " yeah ,, you said", its like sitting watching a match with my ol man , the same tale and a lot of rewinds then back to the start,, Amd's drivers are shit err guess what Ive had Ati gpus all the last 10 years and mostly had An Nvidia card all the time too and I had little to no issues with either bar xfire on 3870's initially wow they were a pain.
Technology advances. We should expect more from hardware than we did in 2000. Your argument is that we shouldn't be pushing companies to meet higher expectations. That's ridiculous.

If you want a single-GPU, single-monitor gaming desktop system, then AMD is competitive. However, if you go toward more than one monitor gaming, more than one graphics card, or want to use a laptop with discrete graphics, then AMD is best avoided.
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