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New AMD Preview Driver promises 70% improvement for Civ5
« on: March 17, 2011, 03:51:23 AM »
http://blogs.amd.com/play/2011/03/14/the-amd-catalyst%E2%84%A2-preview-driver-that-you-have-been-waiting-for/

Now there comparison was on a HD 6870 so I would not expect this on every AMD card, but if you are running Win7 updating to this certainly can not hurt.

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A history of improvement

Now, for those who don’t recall, we launched the AMD Radeon™ HD 6870 with AMD Catalyst™ 10.9. Here in our labs, we pitted that combination against the same GPU and the AMD Catalyst™ 11.4 Preview Driver and came up with the results below. Your experience will vary based on your resolution, system configuration and other settings, but we’re pretty excited about the possibilities.

    * Up to 70% performance improvement in Civilization V
    * Up to 49% performance improvement in Call of Duty: Black Ops
    * Up to 12% performance improvement in F1 2010
    * Up to 21% performance improvement in Wolfenstein MP
    * Up to 15% performance improvement in Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X
    * Up to 17% performance improvement in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
    * Up to 28% performance improvement in Metro 2033
    * Up to 33% performance improvement in Left 4 Dead 2
    * Up to 26% performance improvement in FarCry 2
    * Up to 22% performance improvement in Batman: Arkham Asylum
    * Up to 18% performance improvement in Aliens vs. Predator

But owners of the AMD Radeon™ HD 6870 aren’t the only ones who will see performance improvements. The entire AMD Radeon™ HD 6800 and HD 6900 Series should similarly benefit from the work we have put into their drivers since launch.

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Re: New AMD Preview Driver promises 70% improvement for Civ5
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2011, 10:15:41 PM »
This driver is awesome blu ray playback quality as been increased dramatically not tried civ v yet :)

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Re: New AMD Preview Driver promises 70% improvement for Civ5
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2011, 01:00:54 AM »
This is now final driver release.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/amd_catalyst_114_driver_suite_now_available_download

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Civilization V: gains of up to 15 percent on single and multiple GPU configurations

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Re: New AMD Preview Driver promises 70% improvement for Civ5
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2011, 02:18:08 AM »
I was going to buy the 6850 soon, maybe i'll fork out the extra dough for a 6870
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Re: New AMD Preview Driver promises 70% improvement for Civ5
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2011, 02:28:44 AM »
Well up until this driver, nVidia was definitely the GPU to use for Civ5, and it probably still is as good or better than even the high end AMD chips, but likely both will now give you more than enough performance to run Civ5.

Now we just need to get Firaxis to make the AI code use multiple CPU cores and of course MP needs life support :-/

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