The Battlefield 3 public beta is supposed to kick off today for pre-orders and Thursday for everybody else, and GPU makers are getting their drivers ready in anticipation. Nvidia released a set of beta drivers specifically for the beta yesterday morning, and AMD followed suit last night, rolling out Catalyst 11.10 preview drivers that purportedly bring forth the following additions:
- Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series for single GPU configurations
- Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on CrossFire configurations using the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
- Enables support for Eyefinity 5x1 display (portrait and landscape) configurations using the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
- Vision Engine Control Center: User Interface enhancements have been implemented for the CrossfireX, GPU Overdrive, and Information Center pages.
In other words, folks with Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 graphics cards—be they in CrossFire mode or not—should enjoy better BF3 performance, not to mention a new Eyefinity mode, if they install the preview drivers.
Owners of older Radeons aren't mentioned, though judging by the game's system requirements, they might want to look into an upgrade. EA DICE recommends a GeForce GTX 560 or Radeon HD 6950 for Battlefield 3.
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