AMD and Nvidia driver teams have been putting in some pretty serious overtime trying to keep up with the flood of new titles hitting the market just before the holidays, and a third profile update just went live for AMD’s less than one month old Catalyst 11.11. Just in-case you’d lost count, in addition to the three profile updates, AMD has also released three separate beta drivers to fix various other issues with specific titles. If you like to be on the bleeding edge, make sure you have Catalyst 11.11C, along with the just released CAP3.
AMD has released another performance driver (yes, again) for its Catalyst 11.11 package. And once again, improved performance in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim takes center stage. New in Catalyst 11.11c is better CrossFireX performance scaling for AMD Radeon HD 5000/6000 series cards in Skyrim, 2-7 percent better performance in single GPU configurations, and a resolved corruption issue when enabling MSAA on Radeon HD 6970 cards.
Fancy yourself an adventurous gamer? We're not talking about would-be Zak McKrackens or former knights of Daventry (King's Quest fans will get the latter reference), but those gamers who aren't afraid to install beta drivers and potentially buggy code, all in the pursuit of better framerates and improved performance all around. If that sounds like you, and you own an Nvidia graphics card, you should check this out.
Graphics card vendors have been busy with the onslaught of new PC titles heading into the holiday, forcing AMD to release its second out of cycle performance driver in less than 2 weeks. Catalyst 11.11b includes Crossfire performance scaling for Skyrim, similar multi-gpu support for Assassin’s Creed Revelations, along with DirectX 11 tweaks for Batman Arkham City.
Gamers who could potentially benefit the most from AMD's new Catalyst 11.11a performance driver may never read this. Why? Well, if you've been sucked into Skyrim, then you've undoubtedly found plenty to occupy your time, such as picking pockets, slaying dragons, and leveling up, all of which takes priority over reading the news, going to work, and hygiene (it's okay to make an exception with that last one).
AMD Crossfire users struggling to maintain a passable frame rate in Saints Row 3 or Gothic 4 take note. AMD has released Catalyst 11.11 WHQL CAP 2, which enables Crossfire profiles for both titles, and most importantly, lets you make full use of both graphics cards. If like me you were hoping Skyrim would make the cut for this latest CAP we have bad news for you, it didn’t. The last update from AMD on this front was 5 days ago, and said little more than they were hoping to release it ASAP.
Considering that NVidia had drivers ready on launch day, we can’t help but wonder what’s taking so long. Hit the jump for the complete release notes.
AMD's Catalyst software suite version 11.11 is all polished up and ready for installation. The big new feature in the latest Catalyst suite is Adobe Flash Player 11 support, which enables full support of the GPU accelerated Stage 3D API and Stage 3D applications. AMD Radeon HD Series GPUs, A-Series APU, and E-Series APUs are all supported by this, AMD says.
We're a day late on this one, but AMD on Halloween treated Radeon graphics card owners to new Catalyst 11.10 drivers in finished form. According to the release notes, Catalyst 11.10 enhances AMD Eyefinity support with bezel compensation, a new maximum supported resolution of 16000x16000 (on Radeon HD 6000 Series card, limited to DX11 applications only), and by enabling support for Eyefinity 5x1 display configurations in both portrait and landscape modes.
Nvidia today made available its first set of WHQL-certified GeForce videocard drivers from the Release 285 family, version 285.62. This is the recommended driver for Battlefield 3, and the recommended and enhanced driver for Batman: Arkham City and Rage, Nvidia says. It also contains a fix for the driver timeouts some people reported when using the R285 beta drivers.
Over the course of millions of years of evolution, the human race has come quite a long way. We've created mountains of sophisticated literature, skyscraping architecture, and the collected works of King Crimson. Sometimes, though, we can't help but slip into Old Ways. Which is all to say, “Ooooo, pretty picture!” That's pretty much how we felt looking at screenshots of id Software's megatexture masterwork RAGE. Sadly, the game in motion tells an entirely different story – at least, on PC.