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AMD Catalyst 12.7 Beta, Best AMD driver ever
     Wed, Jun 27 2012 | 2:10P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We found out that there were 2 different drivers from june 12 that popped out on the web. The first ones we tested were the Catalyst 12.x Unofficial Beta labeled 9.000.0 on now comes the Catalyst 12.7 Beta version 8.981.2. We were a bit disappointed by the 9.000.0 even if there had the best performance ratio a glitch in performance was present under Dragon Age II. Are the 12.7 Beta better ? Will there be the same performance glitch or even more ? Let's see which is da best driver for the Radeon HD 7970!
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

HD 7970 CrossFire Gaming Performance: AMD Catalyst 12.x Unofficial Beta (June 12) @ ocaholic
     Tue, Jun 19 2012 | 2:52A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Straight after the single graphics card driver comparison comes another driver comparison. Like before we did use 5 different AMD Catalyst drivers including the latest Unofficial Beta from June 12 to see what has been improved and what hasn`t been but this time using a CrossFire setup. We saw quite some improvement using a single Radeon HD 7970, will it be the same with two of them ? Let`s find out!"
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

Nouveau Driver Still Tries To Compete With NVIDIA
     Mon, Jun 18 2012 | 9:59A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After sharing the results last week of an optimized open-source Radeon driver trying to compete with AMD`s Catalyst driver, it is time to turn the tables. In this article is a look at the latest open-source Nouveau driver code compared to NVIDIA`s official closed-source Linux driver across a few generations of GPUs."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

HD 7970 CrossFire Gaming Performance: AMD Catalyst Retail Drivers vs 12.4 @ Ocaholic
     Thu, Jun 14 2012 | 9:10A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following we present to you our second driver performance analysis. This time we show you through a dual graphics card setup how much AMD worked the drivers since the launch of the Radeon HD 7970. By using the first released drivers against the latest ones. Will there be such a performance gap like we noticed using one one card?"
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

HD 7970 Gaming Performance: AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta @ Ocaholic
     Wed, Jun 13 2012 | 1:37P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following we present to you our third driver performance analysis on AMD`s latest Radeon HD 7970. This time we tested our benchmarking/gaming setup with four different Catalyst drivers. Featuring the Catalyst 11.12, 11.12 RC11, 12.4 and the latest beta available the Catalyst 12.6 Beta from June 4th. Let`s see how they do perform."
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

An Optimized Open-Source Driver Tries To Compete With AMD Catalyst
     Tue, Jun 12 2012 | 7:03A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There`s been a number of recent open-source driver improvements that have come about for modern ATI/AMD Radeon graphics cards under Linux, but not all of these features have yet to be merged or enabled by default (e.g. 2D color tiling, PCI Express 2.0, and HyperZ). With some basic tweaks, can the open-source Radeon Gallium3D driver now compete with AMD`s proprietary Catalyst Linux driver when it comes to OpenGL performance? Let`s see."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Radeon Catalyst: Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
     Thu, May 24 2012 | 3:00P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Now having compared the graphics driver performance between Microsoft Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 Linux for the NVIDIA driver with the GeForce GTX 680 and the multi-platform Intel performance for Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge, here`s a look at the AMD Catalyst driver performance with the Radeon HD 7950 graphics card when running between Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

 
[Tech ARP] Workstation Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 6.6
     Sat, May 19 2012 | 6:31A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
These days, there are so many workstation graphics card models that it has become quite impossible to keep up with the different configurations. Therefore, we decided to compile this comprehensive guide to 133 workstation graphics cards. We hope this comparison will provide an easy reference for those who are interested in comparing the specifications of the various workstation graphics cards in the market as well as those already obsolescent or obsolete. We will keep this guide updated regularly so do check back for the latest updates. Here are the latest updates in Revision 6.6 : - Reorganized the ATI / AMD tables. - Added a new Die Size specification for the ATI/AMD range of graphics cards. - Added the AMD FirePro V3900 graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the AMD FirePro 3D V9800 graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the AMD FirePro 3D V8800 graphics card."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

DirectX 11.1 Specifications Released @ NGOHQ.com
     Thu, May 10 2012 | 8:11A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Direct3D 11.1 lets you use shader tracing to ensure that your code is performing as intended and if it isn`t you can discover and remedy the problem. The SDK for Windows 8 Consumer Preview contains HLSL compiler enhancements. Shader tracing and the HLSL compiler are implemented in D3dcompiler_nn.dll."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

AMD Catalyst 12.5 Beta Leaked @ NGOHQ.com
     Mon, Apr 30 2012 | 4:19P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A new beta build (8.97) of AMD`s Catalyst software has been leaked to the web. This particular software suite updates both the AMD Display Driver, and the Catalyst Control Center. This unified driver has been further enhanced to provide the highest level of power, performance, and reliability. The AMD Catalyst software suite is the ultimate in performance and stability."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

AMD Catalyst 12.4 Windows 7 Driver Analysis
     Mon, Apr 30 2012 | 11:53A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has just released a new Catalyst driver (12.4) for Radeon graphics cards - we check out performance under Windows 7."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

AMD Confirms Drop of Monthly Driver Support for Radeon HD 2000-4000 Series
     Tue, Apr 24 2012 | 4:37P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD will be moving the AMD Radeon HD 2000, AMD Radeon HD 3000, and AMD Radeon HD 4000 Series of products to a new driver support model. We will continue to support the mentioned products in our Catalyst releases, but we`re moving their updates to a quarterly basis, whereas our AMD Radeon HD 5000 and later products will continue to see monthly updates. The Quarterly Catalyst releases will focus on resolving application specific issues and critical updates."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

AMD To Drop Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 Catalyst Support
     Sat, Apr 21 2012 | 4:12P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In what will certainly be controversial and disappointing to some Radeon Linux desktop users, AMD will soon announce that they will effectively be discontinuing support for several Radeon product families from their proprietary Catalyst driver. After that point, for future Linux distribution updates, the open-source Radeon Linux driver will be your only option for accelerated graphics. This is likely happening with the Windows Catalyst driver too, but at least there they have a better-maintained legacy driver process."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

AMD Fusion On Gallium3D Leaves A Lot To Be Desired
     Tue, Apr 17 2012 | 11:11A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It`s been a few months since last running any AMD Fusion tests under Linux, so here`s a look at the AMD A8-3870K Llano APU performance under both the latest Catalyst driver and the open-source Radeon Gallium3D stack with Ubuntu 12.04. Besides the open-source driver being handily beaten by the Catalyst binary driver, the power efficiency is also a disappointment."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Qualcomm Calls To Kill All Proprietary Drivers For Good
     Sat, Apr 14 2012 | 8:11A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Next week at the 6th annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, two Qualcomm Atheros engineers will be speaking about their Linux device driver development experiences and will go as far as calling for all proprietary drivers to be killed for good. They talk not just about killing proprietary drivers for Linux, but for all operating systems. Can the plans they lay out to kill all proprietary drivers work or is this just a big pipe-dream?"
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Approaches Stable State
     Fri, Apr 13 2012 | 4:27P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nouveau, the reverse-engineered open-source graphics driver for NVIDIA`s entire range of graphics processors, is reaching a stable state where it`s exiting the staging area of the Linux 3.4 kernel and being considered part of the standard, stable kernel configuration. How though is the Nouveau driver working out compared to NVIDIA`s official, closed-source Linux graphics driver? Here are some new benchmarks from ten different graphics cards and other information on the state of Nouveau."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX.COM

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