UPDATED: AMD rolls out Rage graphics driver update

id Software’s hotly anticipated shooter Rage is out today. If you pre-loaded it on Steam, you might have snuck in a little bit of playtime late last night. Radeon owners might want to head over to AMD’s knowledge base site, because AMD has put up a fresh Catalyst driver update especially for the game. You can grab it right here.

Dubbed the Rage Performance Driver, the update supports Radeon HD 5000- and 6000-series graphics cards, and it purportedly delivers “significant performance gains” if you’re running a single-GPU config. And… that’s about all there is to it. The update came out on Monday, so I’m assuming it’s newer than the Catalyst 11.9 and Catalyst 11.10 preview drivers we were treated to last week.

If you’re running a GeForce, fret notβ€”the 285.38 beta drivers that were released last Monday ostensibly targeted the Battlefield 3 beta, but in the release notes (PDF), Nvidia says the drivers also offer “improved compatibility and performance” with Rage.

Update 10/4 11:43 AM: So, you might not want to actually use these new AMD drivers. Here’s the skinny from the @CatalystCreator Twitter feed:

All – don’t use the current Rage performance driver – package includes very old OGL files, that’s why you’re seeing corruption etc.

New Rage driver with proper OGL component will be posted later today

I guess that explains at least some of those bugs Radeon users have been running into.

Update 10/4 5:30 PM: The new driver is now available.

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    • HisDivineOrder
    • 8 years ago

    Wow, AMD. You’re really on top of things. Do you even test your drivers on the titles they’re meant to improve before you post them online? Is it even worth asking if you test your drivers?

    Seems like they’d have noticed when the driver was crap during the testing phase…

    • michael_d
    • 8 years ago

    I was one of the people who was hoping to play last night but ended up a bit disappointed.

    The Rage driver is dated Sept. 8th.

    There is random flickering, flashing, objects quickly disapear/reappear, texture “pop ins” just like with UE3 but a lot worse.

    I disabled crossfire then my computer started shutting down and restarting on its own, I ended rolling back to the 11.10 preview but performance is horrid in this game with this driver.

    As far as ID Tech 5 visuals I have to say they are inferior to Crysis and Metro 2033.

    There are NO in-game video settings except resolution, fullscreen and AA.

      • thesmileman
      • 8 years ago

      “There is random flickering, flashing, objects quickly disapear/reappear, ” that is my problem too!

    • thesmileman
    • 8 years ago

    Performance isn’t the problem! This game is unplayable on most ATI cards right now. Everytime you move the mouse you get random polygons that are white and random garbage on the screen. You can check the Steam forum and see there are thousands of people with these problems and virtually no one on ATI cards is reporting success. And that is with these new drivers. before these drivers the game would just crash.

      • sschaem
      • 8 years ago

      overclock much ?

        • thesmileman
        • 8 years ago

        No

    • KaarlisK
    • 8 years ago

    I’m a bit worried by them not supporting HD2K-HD4K series cards. Is it simply them not devoting extra resources to those, or is it a sign that driver support for those will soon be discontinued?

      • Waco
      • 8 years ago

      They don’t mention the HD2K to HD4K series – but they’ve significantly improved performance even on older cards consistently. My 4870X2s get faster with every driver release.

      That, especially considering that many of the lower end cards are architecturally similar, makes me believe support for them isn’t going anywhere. πŸ™‚

        • derFunkenstein
        • 8 years ago

        I’m pretty sure that’s a placebo. Unless something is completely broken, they generally don’t go back to give performance enhancements (non-anabolic) to cards that are now 3-5 years old.

          • Waco
          • 8 years ago

          Crossfire improvements and other driver efficiency improvements translate pretty well to older cards.

          It’s not that they target them, it’s that the improvements generally trickle down rather gracefully since the architectures really aren’t that different.

            • swaaye
            • 8 years ago

            Crossfire was just shown to be inherently flawed with microstutter though. πŸ˜‰ Maybe they should improve it a bit more.

    • bthylafh
    • 8 years ago

    When I saw the headline I thought “really? Why did they bother with new Rage 128 drivers?”

      • Veerappan
      • 8 years ago

      Same here.. Rage 128 cards are still sold on server motherboards because they are stable, low power, and the drivers are rock solid.

      • flip-mode
      • 8 years ago

      Same here. I was almost disappointed to find it not so, though there’s be no reason for it to be.

        • cheesyking
        • 8 years ago

        yeah, I thought they’d finally managed to get the quake2 minigl driver to work.

      • Vasilyfav
      • 8 years ago

      Because next month, they’re going to release a PCIExpress 3.0 Rage 128 card πŸ˜›

        • eitje
        • 8 years ago

        It will actually be completely emulated ON the PCI-E bus. wild, right?

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    Hey mom, look! New drivers!

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