A fresh set of Catalyst graphics drivers is out! Radeon users, to arms!
Okay, maybe not. The Catalyst 13.10 beta release adds some multi-GPU improvements on top of the fixes and tweaks from last month's 13.8 beta 2 driver. In short, unless you have two or more AMD GPUs kicking around in your gaming rig, you may not need to bother.
Included in the 13.10 beta release are new CrossFire profiles for Rome Total War 2, Saints Row 4, and Metro Last Light. Those profiles are supposed to improve performance by 10-20% at 2560x1600 with detail levels maxed out. In the case of Rome Total War 2, the new profiles also address "corruption issues seen while playing the game."
Also in the bug fix department, AMD says it's squashed a bug that caused the secondary GPU in a CrossFire config to run in PCIe x1 mode. (I haven't heard about that issue before, but I imagine it caused some puzzling performance degradations.)
Oh, and the 13.10 beta drivers add frame pacing improvements for six games: Tomb Raider, Metro Last Light, Sniper Elite, World of Warcraft, Max Payne 3, and Hitman Absolution. In case you missed Scott's big article, frame pacing is designed to even out the delivery of frames between dual GPUs in order to alleviate microstuttering. Frame pacing affects the distribution of frames within a single second, so it can yield perceptibly more fluid animation even at identical frame rates.
Anyway, that's about it for the 13.10 beta release. You'll find download links for Windows 7 and 8 here on AMD's knowledge base website. It doesn't look like Vista and XP are supported. You need at least Win7 SP1, too.
|AMD issues statement on R9 290X speed variability, press samples||77|
|Acer's Iconia W4 tablet offers Bay Trail, 8'' display for $330||9|
|MSI's new gaming notebook has a 2880x1620 screen||22|
|Next-gen Intel SSDs could have 2TB capacities, integrated heatsinks||27|
|Data suggests consumer drives are as reliable as enterprise models||52|
|Valve joins the Linux Foundation||63|
|USB group designing slim, orientation-independent connector||66|
|Are retail Radeon R9 290X cards slower than press samples?||241|
|Cherry intros MX RGB key switch; first keyboard due from Corsair||58|