AMD Expects Beta Eyefinity Fix in January

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | December 11, 2013 - 05:58 PM |
Tagged: frame pacing, frame rating, amd, southern islands, 4k, eyefinity, crossfire, microstutter

The frame pacing issue has been covered at our website for almost a year now. It stems from the original "microstutter" problem which dates back over a year before we could quantify it. We like to use the term "Frame Rating" to denote the testing methodology we now use for our GPU tests.

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AMD fared worse at these tests than NVIDIA (although even they had some problems in certain configurations). They have dedicated a lot of man-hours to the problem resulting in a driver updates for certain scenarios. Crossfire while utilizing Eyefinity or 4K MST was one area they did not focus on. The issue has been addressed in Hawaii and AMD asserted that previous cards will get a software fix soon.

The good news is that we have just received word from AMD that they plan on releasing a beta driver for Southern Islands and earlier GPUs (AMD believes it should work for anything that's not "legacy"). As usual, until it ships anything could change, but it looks good for now.

The beta "frame pacing" driver addressing Crossfire with 4K and Eyefinity, for supported HD-series and Southern Islands-based Rx cards, is expected to be public sometime in January.

Source: AMD
December 11, 2013 | 07:28 PM - Posted by Searching4Sasquatch (not verified)

Scott - actually read the article you linked and you'll see this driver was supposed to come in November. Now, it's supposedly coming in Jan. I feel bad for the poor bastards that haven't had microstutter-free gaming since they bought their card 1 to almost 2yrs ago!

December 11, 2013 | 09:24 PM - Posted by Nilbog

I would say they are too late.

I don't know about other people with Crossfire, but i'm now looking at the competition solely due to these issues. The framepacing only works on 3 games i play out of my 50+ game library. I have been using a single card for the rest of my games, trying to be patient. I am beyond frustrated with them.

December 11, 2013 | 09:38 PM - Posted by Alien0227

Hallelujah! Thank you PcPer and AMD. Now i might be able to really enjoy my 2 HD 7870s and my 3 Acer 23" 1080p monitors!!!

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