156 benchmark runs later we've not only finally finished testing the latest AMD Catalyst 12.11 driver, but started with our new video card benchmark line-up. I'll be the first to bring up my disappointment with AMD as they've really slipped over the last few months when it comes to driver releases. Not only are they further apart these days, but the focus on performance has been disappointing.
Like the last few years, though, as we come towards the end of the year, AMD try to do something that stands out a bit more and the 12.11 driver release is exactly that. They're making a big deal about it and based on the release notes it honestly looks like the noise is justified. Still we know it's easy to write words in the release notes - we need to find out if the actual promises hold true.
As we just mentioned this is our article that uses our new gaming benchmark line-up. We won't go in to any real detail on what we're using as you can discover the additions as we move through our benchmarks today. Before we do that there are a couple of things we need to do.
We'll start off by checking the release notes to see what AMD is saying we should get before we move into our test system setup. Once we've done that and covered the cards we'll be using in our graphs today we'll move straight into the performance numbers.
FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AMD CATALYST 12.11 BETA DRIVER:
This driver introduces significant performance improvements for many games across ALL 28nm AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series products: HD 7700, HD7800 and HD7900.
Performance Highlights of the AMD CATALYST 12.11 BETA Driver
10%-15% more performance in Battlefield 3 in most cases
More than 20% in certain missions and sequences (Comrades)
Up to 7% more performance in Metro 2033
Up to 10% more performance in DIRT Showdown
Up to 8% more performance in Sleeping Dogs
Up to 12% more performance in Civilization V
Up to 10% more performance in StarCraft II
Up to 8% more performance in Sniper Elite: V2
Resolved issue highlights of AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta Driver
Medal of Honor: Warfighter; AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta4 resolves an application crash found when running in AMD CrossFire mode with Anti-Aliasing enabled (This issue was observed in the AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta3; The AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta4 has replaced the AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta3 driver that was posted Oct 22 2012).
Resolves performance issues (where GPU activity runs at lower values than expected) seen on the AMD Radeon HD 7870.
AMD Catalyst Mobility 7970M performance for AMD Enduro™ Technology supported platforms has been substantially improved for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications.