High Quality AA and AF
Our high quality tests let us separate the men from the boys and the ladies from the girls. If the cards weren't struggling before they will start to now.
HD 5870 Performance is close to a little down; nothing major.
HD 5970 Performance is close to a little down; nothing major.
The latest release doesn't really bring much to the table, especially in terms of performance improvements. Saying that, there are a few fixes in the drivers and really with no negative performance, most people will probably take the upgrade.
Of course, if your current drivers are running well, it's probably not worth upgrading unless one of the bug fixes target an area that is causing problems for you at the moment.
There's a few things that are interesting, though. For starters, it would've been nice if these officially supported the HD 6000 series. I'm sure we're going to get people who are currently on non WHQL drivers and will try to upgrade to their current 6000 series card to these and won't get far at all.
The other thing that kind of bothers me is the fact that we continue to see the ATI name plastered all over the place, including where the drivers install to. AMD has gone to so much effort to transition the brand into its own name that it's a little confusing why we continue to see the ATI logo when we're installing.
All in all, it's not a bad driver and if you see a reason to upgrade, then by all means, do so. If not, you may as well stay on what you're currently using unless you want to take advantage of some of the new features that we'll mention again can be seen on the AMD blog here.