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AMD Catalyst 10.12 Windows 7 Driver Analysis - Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage

AMD has just released a new Catalyst 10.12 driver for Radeon graphics cards - we check out performance under Windows 7.

By: | AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Dec 14, 2010 9:49 am
Manufacturer: AMD



We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASRock, Kingston, Mittoni, Noctua and Corsair.


We've done a bit of reshuffling with our line-up today; we've added in the HD 6850 and HD 6870 and removed most of the other cards. With that said, we've still included the HD 5870 which was one of the largest selling HD 5000 series cards for AMD when it came to performance users.


We won't be getting rid of the HD 5870 out of the line-up any time soon, but from here on out we want to see if the new HD 6000 series sees benefits from new releases. What this means for today, though, is we'll be seeing how the HD 6800 series cards go with the new 10.12 against the original launch driver which was a beta of the 10.10.


Let's get started!


3DMark Vantage


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1
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3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware.


3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.




HD 5870 We see a nice little bump in both presets here for the HD 5870.


HD 6850 Here we see no real change.


HD 6870 Here we see no real change.


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