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AMDs New Catalyst Linux Driver Isnt Too Good
     Thu, Nov 22 2012 | 9:57A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week marked the release of a new AMD Catalyst Linux driver beta that was intended to improve the AMD Radeon OpenGL performance. AMD said this updated closed-source Linux graphics driver would bring significant performance improvements for Valve`s recently ported Left 4 Dead 2 Linux game. Curious about AMD Linux OpenGL performance improvements elsewhere, I ran some benchmarks of this new driver on several different graphics cards. Unfortunately, the performance improvements aren`t too widespread and there`s other problems making this beta driver not appealing."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Fall 2012 GPU and Driver Comparison Roundup
     Wed, Nov 21 2012 | 12:03P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the recent release of new beta drivers from both AMD and NVIDIA, and the upping of clocks by AMD, significant performance gains have been claimed by both parties for current generation video cards. We will investigate with a 6-way roundup comparison to see if we can crown a champion.
  FULL STORY @ HARDOCP

Clock-For-Clock Nouveau Can Compete With NVIDIAs Driver
     Tue, Nov 06 2012 | 5:15P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Similar to last week`s testing of comparing the open-source vs. closed-source Radeon Linux driver performance from a stock Ubuntu 12.10 installation, the tables have now been turned to look at NVIDIA hardware on this latest Ubuntu Linux release. Benchmarks were done of the stock Nouveau open-source graphics driver, the official NVIDIA proprietary driver, and the proprietary driver when it was underclocked to match the clock frequencies as used by the reverse-engineered Nouveau driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Never Settle Game Bundle & Catalyst 12.11 Driver Performance @ Legit Reviews
     Mon, Oct 29 2012 | 11:46A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you purchase an AMD Radeon HD 7970 or 7950 graphics card you`ll get three game titles; Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3, and Hitman: Absolution. You also get a 20% discount code valid through EA`s Origin site. This is the crme de la crme when it comes to the Never Settle game bundles and is valued at ~$170 when you figure in the full MSRP of the game titles and discount voucher value. We did a quick price search and the lowest priced AMD Radeon HD 7950 video card is the Power Color AX7950 at $279.99 plus shipping after a $20 rebate. To get three good game titles and a discount for Medal of Honor: Warfighter is pretty damn impressive. You spend ~$280 and then you get roughly $150 in game titles. Hard to go wrong there..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS.COM

Intel Linux OpenGL Driver Remains Slower Than Windows
     Mon, Oct 29 2012 | 9:05A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Recently there was the NVIDIA graphics comparison under Windows 7 and Linux providing new data at how the cross-platform NVIDIA driver is comparing between Ubuntu 12.10, Kubuntu 12.10, and Windows 7 Pro. Aside from Ubuntu`s Unity desktop with Compiz impairing the performance, the results were competitive. Next up now is a look at Intel Sandy Bridge and Intel Ivy Bridge graphics when comparing the performance of the three operating systems."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Catalyst 12.11 Tested. Never Settle. @ Rage3D.com
     Sun, Oct 28 2012 | 11:46A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
*AMD Catalyst 12.11 launches ahead of Windows 8 to bring brand new drivers for GCN architecture cards, and includes new Enduro fixes. Along with the driver comes a new game bundle promotion, running from now until Dec 31st. We`ve got performance results for three GHz Edition cards to try out the claims."
  FULL STORY @ RAGE3D.COM

AMD Catalyst 12.11 Performance Analysis @ techPowerUp
     Sat, Oct 27 2012 | 11:46A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today AMD announced a new game bundle for their Radeon graphics cards and the new Catalyst 12.11 driver which brings performance improvements across the board. We test each card of the HD 7000 lineup in 20 games and benchmarks to verify what the new driver offers."
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP.COM

 
AMD Catalyst 12.11 Never Settle Driver Performance article and Bundle
     Fri, Oct 26 2012 | 11:46A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,If you purchase an AMD Radeon HD 7970 or 7950 graphics card you`ll get three game titles; Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3, and Hitman: Absolution. You also get a 20% discount code valid through EA`s Origin site. This is the crème de la crème when it comes to the Never Settle game bundles and is valued at ~$170 when you figure in the full MSRP of the game titles and discount voucher value. We did a quick price search and the lowest priced AMD Radeon HD 7950 video card is the Power Color AX7950 at $279.99 plus shipping after a $20 rebate. To get three good game titles and a discount for Medal of Honor: Warfighter is pretty damn impressive. You spend ~$280 and then you get roughly $150 in game titles. Hard to go wrong there."
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D.COM

Catalyst 12.10 WHQL & 12.11 Beta 4 issues with power consumption @ ocaholic
     Fri, Oct 26 2012 | 10:16A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Yesterday we have taken a closer look at AMDs latest drivers and we found some astonishing and yet concerning things. We`ve seen that power consumption in idle conditions is much worse than with earlier drivers. In fact, it`s 55 percent higher than with with previous drivers."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

AMD 12.11 Never Settle Driver Performance @ Hardware Canucks
     Thu, Oct 25 2012 | 11:46A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD launches the Never Settle Marketing campaign. Part of that campaign is the new AMD 12.11 Catalyst driver as this driver has had some TLC from AMD, improving overall performance on a number of games. Next to that AMD is launching their Never Settle Game Bundle, purchase a R7000 series dedicated card and you can get some great free game(s). Our little article will cover both the driver performance and that game bundle. "
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARECANUCKS.COM

AMD 12.11 Beta Driver Testing and Game Bundle
     Wed, Oct 24 2012 | 11:46A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
First, AMD has a new 12.11 beta driver that is offering as much as 20% performance boost in some titles including Battlefield 3."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER.COM

Did AMD Drop Support for Windows XP?
     Mon, Oct 22 2012 | 10:30P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier today, AMD released Catalyst 12.10 and Catalyst 12.11 Beta. It appears that both drivers don`t support Windows XP. In fact, XP isn`t even listed in the Catalyst 12.10 release notes."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

AMD Catalyst: Ubuntu 12.10 vs. Windows 7
     Mon, Oct 22 2012 | 11:13A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For those wondering about the performance of Ubuntu Linux 12.10 versus Microsoft Windows 7 when using the same system and the Catalyst graphics driver, here are new Phoronix benchmarks of an AMD Radeon HD 6870 graphics card when running a variety of OpenGL workloads from Ubuntu 12.10, Kubuntu 12.10 (the KDE desktop version of Ubuntu 12.10 to avoid the Unity desktop overhead), and Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Drops Steamroller bdver3 Compiler Support
     Thu, Oct 18 2012 | 9:42A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Second-generation Bulldozer processors only started appearing recently in the form of the Trinity APUs with Piledriver cores. The next Bulldozer-2 wave will come when AMD releases their Piledriver-bearing Vishera FX-Series desktop processors. While this hardware has yet to publicly arrive, AMD is are already working on compiler support for their third-generation Bulldozer -- a.k.a. Steamroller -- micro-architecture."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Catalyst 12.9 Beta - HD 7970 CrossFire Gaming Performance @ Ocaholic
     Wed, Oct 17 2012 | 9:42A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It`s been a while since we last benched AMD Catalyst drivers in CrossFire which is our fault and not AMD`s, lack of time... Anyway AMD repleased the Catalyst 12.9 Beta three weeks ago and we tested the performance of this driver package last week using one single card. Here we are going to check what`s about a dual graphics card CrossFire setup and compare it with some previous Catalyst drivers."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

AMD Catalyst 12.8 WHQL - HD 7970 Gaming Performance @ Ocaholic
     Sat, Sep 01 2012 | 9:32A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Here we go, though AMD said they will not keep on doing one driver release a month they did it. So the Catalyst of August are out named 12.8 and they`re even WHQL certified. The fact that AMD managed to improve performance from one driver to another, makes us curious about the Catalyst 12.8 WHQL. We can`t wait to test if there is yet another jump in performance."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

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