TechReport: AMD Plans Frame Pacing Driver for CrossFire, Eyefinity, and 4K... This Autumn

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | September 26, 2013 - 03:35 AM |
Tagged: frame rating, frame pacing, amd

Scott Wasson of The Tech Report just received an interview with Raja Koduri, head of Graphics Hardware and Software Development at AMD, a few hours ago. Part of the interview discussed frame the frame pacing issues we, as well as The Tech Report, published over the last year. In short, the news seems good for owners of Radeon graphics cards, future and even current.

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The "Hawaii" powered Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X graphics cards are expected to handle CrossFire pacing acceptably at launch. Clearly, if there is ever a time to fix the problem, it would be in new hardware. Still, this is good news for interested customers; if all goes to plan, you are likely going to have a good experience out of the box.

Current owners of GCN-based video cards, along with potential buyers of the R9 280X and lower upcoming cards, will apparently need to wait for AMD to release a driver to fix these issues. However, this driver is not far off: Koduri, unclear whether on or off the record, intends for an autumn release. This driver is expected to cover frame pacing issues for CrossFire, Eyefinity, and 4K.

Koduri does believe the CrossFire issues were unfortunate and expresses a desire to fix the issue for his customers.

Keep checking PC Perspective for more information as it comes out!

Editor's Note: I just spoke with Raja Koduri as well and he basically reiterated everything that Scott noted in his story on The Tech Report as well.  The upcoming 290X will have frame pacing at Eyefinity and 4K resolution at launch while the cards below that in the R9 series, and users of Radeon HD 7000 cards (and likely beyond) will need some more time before the driver is ready.  I'll be able to talk quite a bit more about the changes to BOTH architectures very shortly so stay tuned for that.


Source: Tech Report

September 26, 2013 | 05:42 AM - Posted by SwissBeatz (not verified)

Frame pacing support for Eyefinity, Crossfire on mutilple
monitors and 4k support??? OH YES!!! What else not to
appreciate about updates?.. Tho no offense to nvidia but
aside from huge price drop of poplar mid and hi end AMD 7000
series video cards and with this update, its another major
knife slitted at nvidia's throat...

September 28, 2013 | 07:07 PM - Posted by Anonymous Coward (not verified)

Ha! Keep dreaming.

But if you're seriously that deluded, maybe you should go make a "killing" shorting nvidia stock.

But you probably can't afford that. Which goes right back to why you're an AMD fanboy. You're never getting BMW quality at Toyota prices buddy, get used to it.

These cards will most likely perform "fine", cost "relatively" little, and be plagued by the same second-rate company bullshit as ever before: crap crossfire, shitty drivers, undocumented problems that everyone should know about, and driver fixes that hot-patch benchmark games in dx11 and not a damn thing more.

You get what you pay for, gents.

September 26, 2013 | 05:46 AM - Posted by beagley (not verified)

cmoooon! make a 7990 a decent buy after price drop :D i'm currently hesitant, but i would love for all the bugs to be worked out.

September 26, 2013 | 05:46 AM - Posted by IndoAssassin (not verified)

To all the people calling Ryan a Nvidia Fanboy/bias.


September 26, 2013 | 10:43 AM - Posted by Mark Strong

This actually soothes my largest reservations about these upcoming cards. I'm going to wait for confirmation of these results through reviewer samples but this gives me hope for the success of AMD in their graphics division.

September 26, 2013 | 10:57 AM - Posted by praack

ahh, it would be soo nice to be able to buy that second amd card.,.. been waiting sooo long now

September 26, 2013 | 12:30 PM - Posted by Samuel (not verified)

So what is the difference between the R9 290 and the 290x. I know the specs aren't out yet but can be the difference between them?

September 29, 2013 | 04:13 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

290 = 9950 290x = 9970

September 27, 2013 | 01:56 PM - Posted by Quix (not verified)

Thank You Ryan/PcPer folks for all your hard work, and all that you do.

I am an owner of CF'd 7970's in Eyefinity.. This is great news to me. Performance has always been a bit of a letdown since the time i purchased at the cards launch.

BUT thanx to Ryan & Co.'s dedication to creating the most honest reviews possible, they have brought about a needed change. Amazing.

Count me as a reader for life of!!!!!

September 28, 2013 | 06:07 PM - Posted by Kusanagi (not verified)

AMD is getting serious now. always loved AMD, had systems with single cards before, but never a better time than now to hit up with an eyefinity-based system!

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