AMD Releases Catalyst 13.2 Beta GPU Driver With Optimizations For Crysis 3

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 31, 2013 - 08:04 AM |
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.

For more details on the driver, AMD has posted the change log on its blog as well as suggested image quality settings for AMD cards running the Crysis 3 beta.

Now watch: PC Perspective live streams the Crysis 3 Multiplayer Beta.


Source: AMD

January 31, 2013 | 01:42 PM - Posted by D Kizz (not verified)

The AMD driver team has really stepped their game up quite a bit in the past year and a half. Glad to see it.

January 31, 2013 | 05:03 PM - Posted by Nilbog

I think it should be important to note that these drivers only improve performance in 7000 series cards.

Performance has diminished on my 6970s since 13.1
I guess its time for a new card

January 31, 2013 | 06:06 PM - Posted by tag75 (not verified)

AMD_Catalyst_13.2_Beta4 is out any change info , thanks

February 8, 2013 | 04:39 AM - Posted by Matt Barn (not verified)

13.1 FINALLY allowed me to run my 6970 at 2560x1440 through HDMI, then updating to 13.2 forced it down to 1080p again. Downgraded instantly. If the new drivers don't improve the 6000 series, why support them?

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