Catalyst 11.6 brings 'Steady Video' feature, stiffs Intel owners

By Matthew · 22 replies
Jun 15, 2011
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  1. AMD's latest software suite is now available, delivering snappier GPU performance, introducing new features and stomping various bugs. Considering Duke Nukem Forever just shipped, many expected Catalyst 11.6 to contain…

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  2. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    Why would you include DNF Specific features? The game is terrible.
  3. Not cool AMD.
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,333   +101

    It's common for drivers releases to include performance improvements, bug fixes, multi-GPU profiles etc. for new PC games.
  5. AMD wouldn't omit Intel CPU's if their upcoming Bulldozer CPU's were any good.
  6. vipor231

    vipor231 TS Rookie Posts: 27

    hey emin3nce have you played duke nukem forever?
  7. be_patient

    be_patient TS Rookie Posts: 103

    What a joke. C'mon AMD, we have still given you our money and we deserve the full product.
  8. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    Intel customer have the video encoding technology thanks to the recent Sandy Bridge chips which encodes HD video in mere seconds; how on earth are you complaining that you are missing out?

    Not cool, whingers, not cool…
  9. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,325   +1,429

    I really don't see the big deal in all this. AMD has a hard enough time paying the bills and they certainly don't have enough to spend on R&D for Intel hardware. I can imagine may release an update in the future for Intel but I think they needed a proof of concept and to get this thing otu the door. Again, I don't think this small feature is a big deal and they have to cover their bottom line. Intel can easily cover theirs and may even spend their money to compete.
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    You could argue that Sandy Bridge's AVC encoder is a 3mm² component of the Sandy Bridge CPU ( i.e. part of the hardware), while AMD's Steady Video is a software lockout. If you're going to make comparisons at least get the analogy correct (hint: Nvidia PhysX). 1 out of 10 trolling effort PJ.
  11. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but if I have an AMD card in my computer, I shouldn't have to be forced to also have an AMD CPU in order to take advantage of the new GPU driver features.

    This is as much of a **** move as when Nvidia disabled PhysX on computers that also had an ATI video card.
  12. Techspot is the one who said intel owners were stiffed.

    AFAIK AMD hasn't said anything about it yet. Maybe they just don't have it ready yet for intel cpu's? Who knows... no use crying over it.
  13. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    So... Just to recap... AMD releases a new feature that works on its CPU+GPU or APU hardware (you know, the only hardware they actually have control over), and people are whining that Intel users are left out? Seriously? I know that a false sense of entitlement is par for the course these days, but I'm still amazed at how fast people jump up to yell foul or whine about being left out.

    AMD developed the feature on chips and tech they know intimately, and have complete control over. If they choose to devote time and money into resources for porting it to Intel systems, I'd say that is THEIR perogative, not some inalienable right of the consumer.
  14. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Except in the release notes for the driver you mean?
    *Now missing from the official release notes, but captured for posterity by nearly every tech site.
  15. slamscaper

    slamscaper TS Booster Posts: 191   +38

    Well, AMD did say that "currently" it's an AMD exclusive feature based on AMD APP tech. This could mean that it will come to Intel CPU's at a later date.

    Anyway, I'm growing tired of all the bugs I've been experiencing on my GTX580\GTX480 cards running the latest drivers. I haven't used a Radeon GPU since ATI's X800 series, but I'm almost positive my next GPU will be from AMD.

    AMD's driver team has really stepped up their game.
  16. By Radeon 6000 series this means that the 6770 (Juniper) is included right? So this covers those of us still using 5770s?
  17. Don't worry, their "Steady Video" feature is broken on their own hardware, so Intel users probably aren't missing out on much. Just do a Google Search for Steady Video Disabled or a similar phrase. I'm one of the people affected by it.

    It is working for some lucky people, but a number of us on AMD's latest hardware are getting stiffed, too.
  18. cyriene

    cyriene TS Rookie Posts: 31

    What about my nvidia physix card I can't use with my AMD card without using modified drivers? Personally, I don't care if Intel users are left out - and I am an Intel user.
  19. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    DEFCON RED!!!...trolling fanboy alert

    If you actually owned a PPU then you'd realise Nvidia has never made one. ALL PhysX (not physix) PPU's are of Ageia origin (tech supplied by NovodeX). Nvidia incorporated the software into their own drivers after acquiring Ageia.

    Of course, if you'd have bothered to read the thread you would see that the analogy between Steady Video and PhysX had already been made by someone....ah, yes- it was me.

    -1 out of 10 for the trolling effort ( you'll need to pull out all the stops to catch PinothyJ)
  20. wait, all the uproar over "steady video"? AMD did not enable it in this driver release for Intel CPU's so the disgruntled shake a fist and cry foul? as if AMD somehow has robbed you of some entitlement? steady video? really??

    go on, take your toys and go home already.
  21. cyriene

    cyriene TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Or I could be using a GTX260 for physX.. I of course realize the ageia cards from the past which I don't have (again GTX260)... yeah... nice troll
    steady video ...still seems a little lame for you all to be crying over.
  22. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Which is of course a graphics card that would be performing PhysX calculations through the driver, and not a dedicated PPU, as I outlined earlier.
    I might suggest you re-read the thread. There seems to be more discussion on the relative merits of Duke Nukem Forever than disgruntled Intel CPU owners. My own posts are aimed at distinguishing hardware from a software implementation...and adding to a Guest's (amateur PR flak) knowledge base.
    The most reasonable and prevailing opinion actually seems fairly pragmatic...
    A sentiment I would agree wholeheartedly with. Companys are in the business of making money and protecting their investment. Why should AMD invest R&D funds to benefit a rival ? This is no different from Nvidia locking out PhysX, Intel writing their compilers with Intel CPU's in mind, or any other proprietry tech ( Eyefinity, Gaming Surround, LucidLogix Hydra, AVIVO et al).
  23. Pfff, stop whining! Get an AMD APU! The future is Fusion...
    Bah, you really want Sandy Bridge to run something from AMD?

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