AMD releases WHQL-certified Catalyst 12.2 drivers

Matthew

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Folks who couldn't muster the courage to install AMD's "pre-certified" driver can now download a Microsoft-approved version. Catalyst 12.2 brings several worthwhile updates over the last stable release, though there…

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LNCPapa

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Installed these yesterday and I've only tested Pandora Saga so far (played with my kids.) I'll give some of the reportedly improved titles a shot tonight! Path of Exile has never had any Crossfire support for me so this will be interesting.
 
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I do not get AMD driver naming scheme?

Catalyst Driver 8.93.7 RC10 ???

Catalyst 12.2 WHQL ???
 

LNCPapa

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Gave the new drivers a whirl - Still not seeing Crossfire action on Path of Exile - the entire load is being put on one GPU... though it's not maxing it out to vsync it I would think it would split the load to keep temps down.

I also gave it a test on the new 3.0 version of the Heaven Benchmark.

http://www.duke.edu/~mepm/files/benchmarks/BeefyArm_unigine_20120308_2209.html
http://www.duke.edu/~mepm/files/benchmarks/BeefyArm_unigine_20111207_1838.html (lower settings, higher res)

This seems to be a bit better than before, but it may be due to my last run being on Heaven 2.5.

Farcry 2 benchmark:

http://www.duke.edu/~mepm/files/benchmarks/Farcry2/BeefyArm_120308/
http://www.duke.edu/~mepm/files/benchmarks/Farcry2/BeefyArm_111229/

Seems to be about a 10 fps drop for me from drivers I ran with last December. All three runs also look less smooth/consistent.

Metro 2033 benchmark:

http://www.duke.edu/~mepm/files/benchmarks/Metro2033/BeefyArm_120309/
http://www.duke.edu/~mepm/files/benchmarks/Metro2033/BeefyArm_111230/

Looks like a 2 fps drop with the newer drivers over my December drivers

AvP benchmark:

http://www.duke.edu/~mepm/files/benchmarks/BeefyArm_AvP_2012-03-11_23-06-06.txt
http://www.duke.edu/~mepm/files/benchmarks/BeefyArm_AvP_2011-12-29_01-18-32.txt

1.5 fps drop which is pretty much negligible at these frame rates.

I'll re-run some of my other benches when I get time and compare previous results.
 
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I tried the new 12.2 drivers too. First by the automatic update through CCC, then through regular uninstall/install. CCC told me both times that the version installed was Catalyst 12.3, and both times I ran the Dirt 3 benchmark, I got almost 25% less frames than with 12.1 (that I reinstalled today). Also tried SuperSampling with Crysis DX10 and it did not work. Maybe that feature is only for the HD 7000 series?
 
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12.2 Drivers affected World of Warcraft - shaft of lights and liquid detail. So be careful.
 
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Just installed them and regretting it already. Suffering a minor frame rate hit and worse, Skyrim is absolutely lousy with artifacts.