Subject: Graphics Cards | October 26, 2014 - 06:44 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: amd, driver, catalyst
So Ryan has been playing many games lately, as a comparison between the latest GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA. While Civilization: Beyond Earth is not the most demanding game in existence on GPUs, it is not trivial either. While not the most complex, from a video card's perspective, it is a contender for most demanding game on your main processor (CPU). It also has some of the most thought-out Mantle support of any title using the API, when using the AMD Catalyst 14.9.2 Beta driver.
And now you can!
The Catalyst 14.9.2 Beta drivers support just about anything using the GCN architecture, from APUs (starting with Kaveri) to discrete GPUs (starting with the HD 7000 and HD 7000M series). Beyond enabling Mantle support in Civilization, it also fixes some issues with Metro, Shadow of Mordor, Total War: Rome 2, Watch_Dogs, and other games.
Also, both AMD and Firaxis are aware of a bug in Civilization: Beyond Earth where the mouse cursor does not click exactly where it is supposed to, if the user enables font scaling in Windows. They are working on it, but suggest setting it to the default (100%) if users experience this issue. This could be problematic for customers with high-DPI screens, but could keep you playing until an official patch is released.
You can get 14.9.2 Beta for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 at AMD's website.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 22, 2014 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: catalyst 14.4, catalyst, amd
The latest available AMD Catalyst Windows and Linux drivers can be found here:
AMD Catalyst Windows: http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/latest-catalyst-windows-beta.aspx
AMD Catalyst Linux: http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/latest-linux-beta-driver.aspx
Highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 14.4 Windows Driver
- Support for the AMD Radeon R9 295X
CrossFire fixes enhancements:
- Crysis 3 – frame pacing improvements
- Far Cry 3 – 3 and 4 GPU performance improvements at high quality settings, high resolution settings
- Anno 2070 – Improved CrossFire scaling up to 34%
- Titanfall – Resolved in game flickering with CrossFire enabled
- Metro Last Light – Improved Crossfire scaling up to 10%
- Eyefinity 3x1 (with three 4K panels) no longer cuts off portions of the application
- Stuttering has been improved in certain applications when selecting mid-Eyefinity resolutions with V-sync Enabled
Full support for OpenGL 4.4
Mantle beta driver improvements:
- BattleField 4: Performance slowdown is no longer seen when performing a task switch/Alt-tab
- BattleField 4: Fuzzy images when playing in rotated SLS resolution with an A10 Kaveri system
Highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 14.1 Linux Driver
- Support for the AMD Radeon R9 295X
- Ubuntu 12.04.4 support
- Full support for OpenGL 4.4
Resolved Issue highlights:
- Corruption and system hang observed while running Sanctuary BM with Tear Free Desktop enabled
- Memory leak about hardware context EGL create context error for glesx
- GPU hand in CrossFire Mode [Piglit]
- Test "spec/arb_vertex_array_object" failed [Piglit]
- Test "glx/GLX_EXT_import_context/free context" failed [Piglit]
- Test "spec/ARB_seamless_cube_map" failed Piglit]
- Test "texture swizzle with border color" failed
- Glxtest failures observed in log file Blank screen observed while running steam games with Big picture
- 4ms delay observed in the glxSwapBuffers when vsync is enabled
- RBDoom3BFG the game auto quit when use the security camera terminal
- ETQW segmentation fault
Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2014 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: radeon, R9 290X, r9 290, hawaii, catalyst, amd
Confirming the results that Ryan and other sites have seen are the results of [H]ard|OCP's testing of two different retail R9 290X GPUs against a pair of press sample cards. Much as with Ryan's findings even using the newer Catalyst 13.11 Beta 5 driver, Quiet mode performance varies far more than Uber mode does but even Uber mode displays some differences between models. However they draw a slightly different conclusion based on their experiences, determining that the variance is not just a matter of press samples versus retail cards but a variance between any and all 290X GPUs. The complexity of this huge chip is such that the differences in manufacturing process and tolerances are to blame and some cards will simply be better than others. They also are disappointed by AMD's marketing team, citing that the key is 'With NVIDIA GTX 600 and 700 series the video cards are "running faster than advertised" and with AMD R9 290X the video card is running "slower than advertised."'
"The AMD Radeon R9 290X arrived recently with a high level of performance, and a high level of controversy. There have been reports of performance variance between Radeon R9 290X video cards. We have two purchased retail cards today with stock cooling that we will test and see if performance variances exist."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Asus R9 290X Direct CU II OC @ Kitguru
- ASUS R9 290X DirectCU II and Sapphire R9 290X Tri-X Video Card Reviews @ Legit Reviews
- HIS R7 240 iCooler Boost Clock 2GB GDDR3 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
- NZXT Kraken G10 GPU Bracket Review @ Techgage
- EVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified Motherboard Review @ Hardware Asylum
- MSI GTX 780 Ti Gaming 3 GB @ techPowerUp
- Gigabyte R9 290X OC WindForce @ Kitguru
- Palit GTX 780 Ti JetStream @ Legion Hardware
An issue of variance
AMD just sent along an email to the press with a new driver to use for Radeon R9 290X and Radeon R9 290 testing going forward. Here is the note:
We’ve identified that there’s variability in fan speeds across AMD R9 290 series boards. This variability in fan speed translates into variability of the cooling capacity of the fan-sink.
The flexibility of AMD PowerTune technology enables us to correct this variability in a driver update. This update will normalize the fan RPMs to the correct values.
The correct target RPM values are 2200RPM for the AMD Radeon R9 290X ‘Quiet mode’, and 2650RPM for the R9 290. You can verify these in GPU-Z.
If you’re working on stories relating to R9 290 series products, please use this driver as it will reduce any variability in fan speeds. This driver will be posted publicly tonight.
Great! This is good news! Except it also creates some questions.
When we first tested the R9 290X and the R9 290, we discussed the latest iteration of AMD's PowerTune technology. That feature attempts to keep clocks as high as possible under the constraints of temperature and power. I took issue with the high variability of clock speeds on our R9 290X sample, citing this graph:
I then did some digging into the variance and the claims that AMD was building a "configurable" GPU. In that article we found that there were significant performance deltas between "hot" and "cold" GPUs; we noticed that doing simple, quick benchmarks would produce certain results that were definitely not real-world in nature. At the default 40% fan speed, Crysis 3 showed 10% variance with the 290X at 2560x1440:
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2013 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, linux, catalyst, 3.12 kernel
Phoronix had a very pleasant surprise over the weekend which was apparently also a complete surprise to the AMD Linux driver team; vastly improved GPU performance on the 3.12 kernel. In tests on a dozen cards ranging from the elderly HD3850 to the HD6950 all cards showed at least some improvements and in some cases increases of 50%. Keep your eyes tuned for updates as they work with AMD's Linux team to see where these performance increases originated from and to give Phoronix time to get their hands on new hardware for more testing. Check out the complete review here.
"Over the weekend I released benchmarks showing the Linux 3.12 kernel bringing big AMD Radeon performance improvements. Those benchmarks of a Radeon HD 4000 series GPU showed the Linux 3.12 kernel bringing major performance improvements over Linux 3.11 and prior. Some games improved with just low double-digit gains while other Linux games were nearly 90% faster! Interestingly, the AMD Radeon Linux developers were even surprised by these findings. After carrying out additional tests throughout the weekend, I can confirm these truly incredible performance improvements on other hardware. In this article are results from ten different AMD Radeon graphics cards."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Imagination eyes Intel and ARM with Warrior P5600 CPU based on MIPS architecture @ The Inquirer
- Best Buy: Bring us your cowering, unwanted Microsoft Surface masses @ The Register
- Blackberry desperately reassures customers in an open letter @ The Inquirer
- Windows 8.1: Six Things Microsoft Got Right and Others That Are Still Missing @ TechSpot
- MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross @ The Register
- Toshiba Set To Change SSD Landscape with Upper Tier SSDs at Rock Bottom Pricing @ SSD Review
- Devolo dLAN LiveCam Starter Kit @ NikKTech
- Control panel backdoor found in D-Link home routers @ The Register
- Ooma Office: VoIP Small Office Phone System Review @ TechwareLabs
- iPad 5 release date, rumours, price and features @ The Inquirer
- L-Com Gigabit Ethernet Desktop Switches @ TechwareLabs
- October 2013 Rumours @ Western Digital @ TechARP
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 1, 2013 - 06:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: frame pacing, Catalyst 13.8 Beta, catalyst, beta, amd
Yes, you too can now benefit from the Frame Pacing which Ryan has been testing and posted the results to. For anyone with a multi-GPU system using Radeon cards this is an update worth installing as you will see a significant benefit to your gaming experience, along with the other benefits that the new Catalyst offers.
Highlights of the Windows AMD Catalyst™ 13.8 Beta release:
Support for CrossFire Frame Pacing
- Frame Pacing ensures that frames rendered across multiple GPUs in a CrossFire configuration will be displayed at an even and regular pace
- Enabled through the AMD Catalyst Control Center; Globally or on a per application basis
- Supported for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications and resolutions up and including 2560x1600 (single display)
- OpenGL 4.3 support – full support for the OpenGL 4.3 feature set
Performance improvements found in AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta:
- Metro Last Light – Improves performance up to 7% on the AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series
OpenGL support for User Profiles and Catalyst Application Profiles:
- Users can now create per application 3D setting profiles for OpenGL applications
- OpenGL applications are now supported through Catalyst Application Profile updates (for single GPU and AMD CrossFire configurations)
- AMD Enduro Technology enhancement – The AMD Catalyst Control Center now shows which applications are active on the Performance GPU and the Power saving GPU
Windows Catalyst Package: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst13-8WINBetaDriver....
Highlights of the Linux AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta release:
This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new features:
- OpenGL 4.3 – full support for the OpenGL 4.3 feature set
- SLED11 SP3 support
- PowerXpress A+I support with Intel Haswell on SLED11 SP3
- Dynamic primary surface resizing
- Kernel 3.10 support
Resolved Issue highlights:
- Enduro Technology on AMD + AMD Ubuntu platforms
- Source Engine games hang when running on the High Performance ASIC
- Maya 2011-2013 – Various visual corruptions issues have been resolved
- Maya 2011-2013 – Mesh/Polygons selection performance has been improved
- Unigine Heaven – Intermittent Crashes have been resolved
- Unigine Heaven – Performance has been improved up to 11% on single GPU configurations
- Left 4 Dead 2 – Visual corruption issues have been resolved
- Visual artifacts are no longer seen with XvBA playback and CABAC=No
“Testing use Only” watermark has been removed.
Linux Catalyst Package: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst13-8LINBetaDriver....
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2013 - 09:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: catalyst, graphics drivers, catalyst 13.4, Catalyst 13.5 beta
AMD Catalyst 13.4 includes all of the latest performance optimizations and fixes available in AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3, and is Microsoft logo certified.
AMD Catalyst 13.5 Beta includes additional performance improvements and fixes not found in AMD Catalyst 13.4
Feature Highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 13.4
Includes support for the for the AMD Radeon HD 7990 Series and AMD Radeon HD 7790 Series
AMD Catalyst 13.4 includes support for the following OpenGL 4.3 features:
- GL_ARB_compute_shader o GL_ARB_multi_draw_indirect
- GL_ARB_shader_storage_buffer_object o GL_ARB_arrays_of_arrays
- GL_ARB_clear_buffer_object o GL_ARB_ES3_compatibility
- GL_ARB_explicit_uniform_location o GL_ARB_fragment_layer_viewport
- GL_ARB_invalidate_subdata o GL_ARB_program_interface_query
- GL_ARB_shader_image_size o GL_ARB_stencil_texturing
- GL_ARB_texture_buffer_range o GL_ARB_texture_query_levels
Performance Highlights of AMD Catalyst 13.4 (vs. AMD Catalyst 13.1): Includes all of the performance improvements found in AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3 on the AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series
- Resolved issue highlights of AMD Catalyst 13.4 (vs. AMD Catalyst 13.1) AMD Catalyst 13.4 includes all of the fixes found in AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta 3
- Significantly improves latency performance in Skyrim, Boderlands 2, Guild Wars 2,Tomb Raider and Hitman Absolution
- Resolves Texture flickering seen in DirectX9.0c applications.
- Resolves slight corruption seen in Tomb Raider with TressFX enabled for CrossFire and single GPU configurations
- Fixes graphical corruption on objects and textures in Call of Duty - Black Ops 2
AMD’s latest Catalyst Application Profile:
AMD Catalyst 13.4 CAP1 (Can be used with AMD Catalyst 13.4 and AMD Catalyst 13.5 Beta – note, the CrossFire profiles are already included in AMD Catalyst 13.5 Beta )
AMD Catalyst Application Profiles include support for AMD single GPU, AMD CrossFire, AMD Dual Graphics, and AMD Enduro Technology configurations
- The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct: Fixes image quality issues when enabling Anti-Aliasing through the AMD Catalyst Control Center
- Crysis 3: Improves CrossFire performance in 3 and 4 GPU configurations
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Improves CrossFire performance
- Unigine Heaven: Improves CrossFire performance in 3 and 4 GPU configurations ·
- Hitman Absolution: Resolves application issues when running application at 1680x100 with 8xAA enabled
AMD Enduro Technology profile updates:
- Alien Colonial Marines – acm.exe
- BioShock Infinite – BioShockInfinite.exe
- Crysis 3 – Crysis3.exe
- GodMode – GodMode.exe
- Grid 2 – grid2.exe
- Hawken – HawkenLauncher.exe
- Neverwinter – gameclient.exe
- SimCity – SimCity.exe
- Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army – NZA.exe
- The Walking Dead Survival Instinct – WalkingDead.exe
- Tomb Raider – TombRaider.exe
- Kapersky Anti-virus - avt.exe
The latest available AMD Catalyst CAP can always be found here:
Feature Highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 13.4 Linux Driver:
This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new features: RHEL 6.4 production support OpenCL console mode support Kernel 3.7 and 3.8 support
AMD Catalyst™ 13.5 Beta high-lights (vs. AMD Catalyst 13.4/AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta) on the AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series.
Download the driver here: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst13-5WINBetaDriver.aspx
· AMD Catalyst 13.5 Beta Includes support for the for the AMD Radeon HD 7990 Series and AMD Radeon HD 7790 Series
Resolved Issues: · Tomb Raider: Corruption is no longer seen on the AMD Radeon HD 7790 when Tress FX is enabled
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 19, 2013 - 11:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, catalyst, 2012
Today might be Titan Preview Day as you can see from the links below as well as Ryan's article here, but [H]ard|OCP would like to offer you solid performance numbers instead. They took a look back at the Catalyst 12.x series of drivers that AMD GPU owners have been using over the past year. With the HD 7970 and HD 7950 they tested 7 of AMD's past drivers for performance on four popular games. The findings are fairly clear, after a poor start to the year AMD's drivers showed improved performance as the year went on, with leaps after games were released and the driver could be optimized for speed. The HD7970 did improve over the year but it was the 7950 that proved to receive the biggest gains.
"We continuing our look at driver performance improvements over time by evaluating AMD’s 2012 driver performances on both the AMD Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950 video cards. We will see how drivers from the beginning of the year to the end of year have impacted real world gameplay performance . "
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan, Part 1: Titan For Gaming, Titan For Compute @ AnandTech
- Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Video Card Preview @ Ninjalane
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Video Card Preview @ Legit Reviews
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN; GK110’s Opening Act @ Hardware Canucks
- aming and Supercomputing Collide: NVIDIA Announces GeForce Titan @ Techgage
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Review @ OCC
- Asus GTX 660Ti DirectCU II TOP @ eTeknix
- EVGA GTX 650 Ti SSC 2 GB @ techPowerUp
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 31, 2013 - 01:04 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: PC, gaming, amd, graphics drivers, gpu, Crysis 3, catalyst
The Crysis 3 beta was launched January 29th, and AMD came prepared with its new Catalyst 13.2 beta driver. In addition to the improvements rolled into the Catalyst 13.1 WHQL graphics driver, Catalyst 13.2 beta features performance improvements in a number of games.
Foremost, AMD focused on optimizing the drivers for the Crysis 3 beta. With the new 13.2 beta drivers, gamers will see a 15% performance improvement in Crysis 3 when using high MSAA settings. AMD has also committed itself to future tweaks to improve Crysis 3 performance when using both single and CrossFire graphics configurations. The driver also allows for a 10% improvement in CrossFire performance in Crytek’s Crysis 2 and a 50% performance boost in DMC: Devil May Cry when running a single AMD GPU. Reportedly, the new beta driver also reduces latency issues in Skyrim, Borderlands 2, and Guild Wars 2. Finally, the 13.2 beta driver resolves a texture filtering issue when running DirectX 9.0c games.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2012 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, nvidia, catalyst, forceware
We have seen quite a few driver updates since the release of cards like the HD 7970 GHz Edition and the GTX 680 which inspired [H]ard|OCP to revisit the performance of these cards in several games. Some results were not surprising, the two top cards have historically run neck and neck in performance and price and that remains true now. There was a definite loser however, the performance of the GTX 660 Ti matches that of the HD7870 but the price is similar to the much faster HD7950. Check out the full results here.
"With the recent release of new beta drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA, and the upping of clocks by AMD, significant performance gains have been claimed by both parties for current generation video cards. We will investigate with a 6-way roundup comparison to see if we can crown a champion."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 4GB @ Legion Hardware
- Sparkle Calibre X680 Captain @ Kitguru
- ASUS HD 7970 3GB Matrix Platinum Edition Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB @ eTeknix
- MSI GEFORCE GTX 660 HAWK 2GB @ Tweaktown
- Call Of Duty Black Ops II VGA Graphics performance with 21 cards @ Guru of 3D
- A Look at NVIDIA's Kepler-based Tesla K-Series GPU Accelerators @ Techgage
- ASUS GeForce GTX 660 Ti DirectCU II TOP @ Guru of 3D
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review @ Neoseeker
- Benchmarking NVIDIA's R310 Linux Driver Improvements @ Phoronix
- Clock-For-Clock, Nouveau Can Compete With NVIDIA's Driver @ Phoronix
- HIS Radeon HD 7750 IceQ X Turbo 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- AMD FirePro W5000 Professional Graphics Card Review @ Legit Reviews
- HIS 7970 IceQ X² GHz Edition & 7950 IceQ X² Boost Clock @ Legion Hardware
- Sapphire HD 7770 FleX @ TechwareLabs
- Asus Matrix HD 7970 Platinum 3GB @ eTeknix