AMD updates Catalyst drivers, Battlefield 3 beta begins today

By on September 27, 2011, 10:31 AM

Hot on the heels of the latest GeForce beta driver release, AMD has issued its own update to the Catalyst driver series optimized specifically for the Battlefield 3 beta. The Catalyst 11.10 preview driver is essentially a hotfix release and includes better Battlefield 3 performance for 5000 and 6000 series users (single GPU and Crossfire), 5x1 Eyefinity support, and improvements to the Vision Engine Control Center (previously known as Catalyst Control Center). Here's the full list of changes:

  • Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series for single GPU configurations
  • Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on CrossFire configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • Enables support for Eyefinity 5x1 display (portrait and landscape) configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • Vision Engine Control Center: User Interface enhancements have been implemented for the CrossfireX, GPU Overdrive, and Information Center pages.

You can download and install the AMD Catalyst preview driver here. The Battlefield 3 open beta isn't set to kick off fully for another couple of days but, as promised, those who pre-ordered the game through Origin or purchased the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor will be getting early access today -- check Battlefield 3's system requirements here.

Players will be limited to the "Rush" game mode on the map "Operation Metro," where one team must attack two M-Com stations while a defending team tries to prevent them. Since the beta is multiplayer-only, gamers will have to wait until the full game launch on October 28 to play the single player campaign.




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Guest said:

I got a BSOD when i tried to install it.

trying once more.

update1: hurr, "Catalyst Control Center cannot be started. There are currently no settings that can be configured using Catalyst Control Center."

Rebooting.

update2: seems to be working fine now. Gonna try BF3!

update3: Very big increase in FPS from my 5850. The game runs much better now! Thanks!

Guest said:

I pre ordered the game a month back and now its only 1 month more to go and i realized that playing Battlefield 3 on my 3 yr old 8800gt wont do justice to the game and to me. So I ordered Asus 560Ti 1GB DirectCu2. Now bring it on baby.

Guest said:

1st guest how much framerates increase do you got???

Arris Arris said:

Updated while I was installing the BF3 beta. So not sure what performance increases it gives to crossfired 5850s, although it did reduce my Deus Ex peformance to 1 FPS, a blue screen with white text on it. Don't seem to be the most stable drivers. I'll keep them on my desktop for BF3 beta but think I'll keep the current AMD drivers on other machines. Also noticing a little breaking up/flickering in the beta, almost sure it is likely to be a problem with crossfire.

Guest said:

arris if you cant post your increase in frame rates then post your current fps with settings you are using and your hardware

because i am worried that i will not be able to run BF3 at max settings on my hd 5870(of course without tesselation, DOF)

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

If the EA Rep isn't telling tall tales, it sounds like a 5870 will get you medium settings.

Arris Arris said:

arris if you cant post your increase in frame rates then post your current fps with settings you are using and your hardware

because i am worried that i will not be able to run BF3 at max settings on my hd 5870(of course without tesselation, DOF)

I'll chuck FRAPs on my machine at lunchtime (in the UK ) and update this post with my performance. I never got around to investigating the settings in game last night, just left them at whatever the default was.

CPU: Intel i7 2600K @ 4.6Ghz (currently at default 3.4Ghz after motherboard change)

Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro B3 Revision

Mem: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz

Video: 2 x MSI HD5850 Twin Frozr II (CrossfireX)

HDD: Crucial C300 128GB SSD, Seagate Momentus XT 500GB

Sound: Realtek® ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

If I have time I'll disable crossfire and report how it performs with a single 5850 as well.

System as above with both 5850s in Crossfire:

Outdoors in Metro level - 50-75 FPS

Indoors in Metro level - 75-120 FPS

1920x1200, All settings at top level of Ultra or High depending on setting.

MSAA x 4.

Will try one card when I get a chance.

Guest said:

Hey Techspot, will you be making a performance review of the beta?

Please do!

Thanks!

Guest said:

thanks arris for posting your framerates please post with single 5850 if you can

I think that my 5870 will maintain 30+ fps outdoor at max settings as xfired 5850 give almost 1.5-1.8x performance of 5870....

Arris Arris said:

This article (http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,847209/Battlefield-3-Bet
-18-Radeon-and-Geforce-cards-SLI-und-Crossfire-benchmarked
Practice/) suggests lower performance than what I've experienced. Will have to check the AF settings as I don't remember seeing them in the options. Maybe I'm running with no AF and that is why my FPS is high compared to these benchmarks.

Arris Arris said:

http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic167179.html - TechSpot BF3 discussion thread.

Posting here and in that thread at the moment. Just found that even with CF I joined some games this afternoon and got 50-60 FPS indoors. My guess at this moment is that the graphic options that I changed weren't applied until I restarted the game completely. I'm sure now that the game is open beta for all we'll get some more scientific benchmarking reports.

Guest said:

Is there not an Windows Vista version of this Video Driver Update? :O Please tell me!

Arris Arris said:

Is there not an Windows Vista version of this Video Driver Update? Please tell me!

Won't it use the same driver as Win 7?

Oh and another update. It was the AA settings eating my FPS, must not have been applied before a restart of the game!

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