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AMD Catalyst 12.11 Performance Analysis

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Today AMD announced a new game bundle for their Radeon graphics cards and the new Catalyst 12.11 driver which brings performance improvements across the board. We test each card of the HD 7000 lineup in 20 games and benchmarks to verify what the new driver offers.

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Great Review/Update! Wow that really changes some numbers! Really like the way you put it together now that put's AMD on top of some stuff, just goes to show how important software optimization really can be.
 
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I'll be trying these with my HD 7950 on W8 Pro. Currently using the 12.9 Beta driver.
 
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Can't wait for these drivers. I really miss such driver updates more often so they'd really squeeze e very drop of performance out of the cards. In the past this was quite common but these days they just make bug fixes and profile updates. And thats it.
 

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I'd say 10% for the 7870 is awesome, and 7% for 7950/70 is good looking too. I'll be trying the new release tomorrow and see what happens, that is if I can find them ;)

Thanks W1zz, nice one!
 
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If these improvements don't come from image quality tampering, then congratulations AMD: you've surpassed W1zzard's expectations regarding driver related performance improvements.
 
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hopefully drivers will be out for us today, gonna make alot of people happy that i advised to buy 7850 cards.
 
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My thoughts in order:
"What happened to 12.10. I am on 12.9 beta."
"Ah, a holiday driver."
Read it
"Nice" :cool:
"How the heck did they do it?"
"Why couldn't they figure out what ever it was until now?"
 
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Impressive numbas.
 
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man that must have been a sleepless night(s) of benchmarking...
 
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And here I was, just about to sell my HD 7870.
Can't wait.
 

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Where can drivers be downloaded? Can't seem to find them on AMD page (yet)...
hopefully drivers will be out for us today, gonna make alot of people happy that i advised to buy 7850 cards.
Please remember that the second number in the driver revision refers to the month of the year. If these are 12.11's, then they won't be available until November.
 
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man that must have been a sleepless night(s) of benchmarking...
I believe he has it all automated.

Please remember that the second number in the driver revision refers to the month of the year. If these are 12.11's, then they won't be available until November.
Learn something every day
 

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Wow now theres really no difference in HD7970 or GTX680. Just pick your color and you going to get the same performance haha. Nice Drivers AMD.
 
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GJ AMD driver team. I hope whoever did this isn't among those about to be laid off.
 
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I'm not much of an AMD (ATI) fan myself, but I must say I am impressed by those numbers. Will be interesting to see what AMD do with the HD8000 series.

Just a thought, though; are these gains from just massively reworked/optimized drivers or is AMD performing some sort of image/performance trickery? I mean, if it is the latter, hopefully it doesnt sacrifice anything or affect the end user.
 

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The driver should be available later today. Got this from AMD a few minutes ago: "Regarding driver: if possible please wait for a new build. It addresses a few bugs. It should be available from AMD page later today (of course if I get it sooner via FTP I'll share it with you)."
 
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awesome stuff from amd once again. The cheapest 7970 here is the gigabyte 3x one at €354 while the 680 soc is the cheapest 680 at €480.. the 7970 is faster..
 

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On hexus.net they concluded that BF3 gains up to %33 on 1080p. How did they get that much of improvent, or why on TPU review isnt that much ?
They used 8xAA they say, and probably a different map/scene.
 

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Holy cow, thats amazing if the gains that large with AA. BF3 the killer for AMD cards has bee nthe AA. Thats a massive performance leap, makes the 680 look bad, very shocked, sad that my rig is down now and won't be able to try them :(
 
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Benchmark Scores i'm working on that
Just got my second 7970 yesterday.. Posted some impressive scores myself in crossfire. Can't wait to try out these graphics and put up some bigger numbers. WoooHoooo
 
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