So, that's the new driver set from ATI. What can we say about it? On a whole performance is pretty good and we do see gains in a lot of places. We can't quite see those 10% and 20%+ gains that we saw mentioned in the release notes, but they really are best case scenario and may impact different in-game settings more than others.
Apart from performance, ATI have now implemented the use of Stream technology; this is designed to compete against NVIDIA and its CUDA technology. What will be interesting is how it compares to NVIDIAs technology and how much people will use it over the coming months.
While it seems some people have reported issues with the new driver when it comes to installing, we have to say that across all the cards we used we didn't run into any problems.
As usual, if you test the new drivers in some other games or different cards, please don't forget to to our forums and let us know your thoughts on the latest driver release.
Until next year, we hope everyone has a great Christmas and New Year which should allow you some time to play all those games you're been dying to get into!
- CATALYST 8.12 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS Page 1 [Introduction]
- CATALYST 8.12 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS Page 2 [Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage]
- CATALYST 8.12 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS Page 3 [Benchmarks - Crysis Warhead]
- CATALYST 8.12 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS Page 4 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- CATALYST 8.12 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS Page 5 [Benchmarks - S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Clear Sky]
- CATALYST 8.12 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS Page 6 [Benchmarks - Left 4 Dead]
- CATALYST 8.12 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS Page 7 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- CATALYST 8.12 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS Page 8 [Benchmarks - FarCry 2 - XP]
- CATALYST 8.12 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS Page 9 [Benchmarks - S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Clear Sky - XP]
- CATALYST 8.12 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS Page 10 [Final Thoughts]
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