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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 10:53

AMD releases Catalyst 11.11a performance driver

Written by Slobodan Simic

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Skyrim improvement/fix finally here


AMD has finally released its newest performance driver with fixes for couple of gaming titles including Skyrim. The new Catalyst 11.11a performance driver, as AMD calls it, should fix performance issues, or at least some of them, in Batman Arkham City, Rage, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and Battlefield 3.

The main update of the new performance driver focuses on The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim title as it disables CrossFireX in order to resolve negative scaling and image quality issues, resolves corruption seen when enabling Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing on the Radeon HD 6970 cards and improves performance on single GPU systems by two to seven percent. Unfortunately, CrossfireX is still unavailable but according to release notes, AMD is working on a solution that should roll out as soon as it is ready.

The new driver also improves DirectX 11 performance for single GPU configurations in Batman Arkham City and resolves intermittent corruption seen when playing the Battlefield 3 game at specific camera angles. The Rage fixes include AMD CrossfireX performance scaling and fixes for number of image and stability issues that include fix gemoetry corruption at Bash TV enterance, issues with Low-memory conditions and extreme corruption with missing textures on 32-bit systems, memory leaks when deleting/reusing sync objects, fix for Quad-Core systems in races and fix for some missing shadows.

As always, the new performance driver is available for download here.

Last modified on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 11:39
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0 #1 Kryojenix 2011-11-23 09:40
Whoa! Holy high dynamic range, Batman! In Skyrim, I mean. And it does seem to run smoother on my HD 5970 now that Crossfire is definitely off. Can't wait for even better performance when Crossfire is back on, though.
 
 
0 #2 Cartman 2011-11-23 16:28
Do they eat crazy mushrooms in AMD?

WTF did they disable CFX in Skyrim, im running CFX using custom exe and my performance in Skyrim is DOUBLE than running normal...

Only thing i do was enable Alternate Frame Rendering and used exe from a game that supports CFX.

Just to mention that my cards are HD 4000 series.
And Skyrim works flawless on Ultra high and 2x aa.
 
 
0 #3 Kryojenix 2011-11-24 13:19
Quoting Cartman:
Do they eat crazy mushrooms in AMD?

WTF did they disable CFX in Skyrim, im running CFX using custom exe and my performance in Skyrim is DOUBLE than running normal...

I'd like to understand what you mean by 'custom exe' because common knowledge states that Crossfire does not work in Skyrim - it actually degrades performance because it needs to be implemented a different way, which will hopefully be implemented in the December Catalyst driver.

I have a single HD 5970 card (dual 5870 Crossfire) and performance was poor at Skyrim's launch. I tweaked settings until it worked and looked good-ish, but performance has increased a *lot* with this driver. I can't wait until they re-enable Crossfire to see it go even higher.
 

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