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Catalyst 11.11 Windows 7 Driver Analysis - Final Thoughts

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

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Nov 16, 2011 11:54 am
Manufacturer: Game.AMD

Final Thoughts

 

Well that's another month of Catalyst out and another month with no promises to performance. Saying that, there's a little bit of movement under Metro 2033, but apart from that we don't really see much change across the board at all.

 

It's going to be interesting to see what happens in December. We have to be honest, the last few months for Catalyst drivers have been pretty boring; this isn't the first time we've seen this from AMD, though, as sometimes we see this as they're building up to something bigger.

 

The big problem is that we haven't really heard about anything. Normally we would hear about a longer list of features coming in a future driver. This happened earlier in the year and it happened when we first saw Bezel Composition come in etc. Normally we'd be getting leaks about the improvements that are coming. It's been really quiet on the Catalyst front lately, however.

 

12 months ago we heard that Terry Makedon had left the Catalyst team and joined the Fusion one, and the other week I heard someone say that the Catalyst drivers just haven't been the same since he left. Normally I wouldn't like to agree with that, but if you really do look back at the drivers over the last few months, they just haven't been the same and while it has been 12 months since he left, no doubt the plans for drivers are probably a good six months ahead.

 

I've got our fingers crossed that we see something special for the last Catalyst driver of the year, but I'm not sure we're going to really see much. Like I said, if there was something major coming, we'd no doubt probably know about it by now.

 

The last thing I want to say, though, before we leave is, at what point will the Catalyst drivers stop installing to an "ATI" folder? - Surely it's not that hard to change it from ATI to AMD. It's been long enough now, I just don't get why every time we install the Catalyst driver it continues to install to the ATI folder.

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