Latest Catalysts improve performance in Far Cry 3, Linux

With two weeks to go before the release of Far Cry 3, AMD has posted a fresh batch of Catalyst graphics drivers with claimed performance enhancements for the game. The Catalyst 12.11 beta 8 driver is available here from AMD’s knowledge base site. Windows 8, 7, and Vista are all supported.

Here’s the full list of changes, in AMD’s words:

  • Improves performance up to 5%  in Max Payne 3
  • Includes single GPU performance updates for Far Cry 3
  • Improves CrossFire scaling for Planetside 2 (Crossfire scaling is still limited to ~30% at 2560×1600)
  • Resolves the Skyrim lighting issue (missing a lighting pass) for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
  • Resolves the hang encountered playing Dishonored on the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series

The beta 8 driver includes improvements from the beta 7 driver, as well. That update beefed up Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 performance for CrossFire setups.

In addition to the Windows driver, AMD has posted a Linux version of the Catalyst 12.11 beta 8 release. It’s available on the same page, and according to AMD, it "significantly" boosts performance in Left 4 Dead 2 on Linux. That should come in handy for folks trying out the Steam for Linux beta. Nvidia users were treated to a driver with similar claimed improvements for L4D2 last week.

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    • brucethemoose
    • 7 years ago

    Finally, planetside 2 gets some love.

      • lilbuddhaman
      • 7 years ago

      I only got to play the beta for a few days but it was sluggish on 6870×2 setup, even after some forum-suggested tweaks.

      I have no doubt Sony will follow what tribes did with it’s F2P model (that is, gradually make it P2W over a 3-6mo period), but i hope to get some quality time in during the holiday season before it hits a tipping point.

    • Firestarter
    • 7 years ago

    Installed it, XBMC is still broken.

      • DragonDaddyBear
      • 7 years ago

      Which version of XBMC are you installing and what OS? If you are using Linux you should follow these instructions. Also, there is the XBMC 12 Beta that is out that you could try.
      [url<]http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=116996[/url<]

    • just brew it!
    • 7 years ago

    Gonna be interesting to see whether Steam ends up being Linux’s breakout moment on the desktop, or just an expensive failed experiment for Valve. IMO it really could go either way.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 years ago

      I think you Linux nerds will jump on it.

      • Washer
      • 7 years ago

      I honestly don’t think this is costing Valve all that much. In fact I’d say it’s very low risk. Just getting to the point of selling their own collection of games would likely easily recoup costs even with Linux’s current desktop user base.

        • UberGerbil
        • 7 years ago

        Not to mention it gives them a market (however small) that none of the other appstore vendors really have an interest in serving (in fact they have a strong interest in not aiding in any way whatsoever). This is a relatively cheap insurance policy in case Steam gets effectively locked out of one or more of the other ecosystems, and it has potential to be more than that, so it’s a smart expense (and not a big deal if it goes nowhere… unless Steam gets locked out of all the ecosystems that matter).

        • just brew it!
        • 7 years ago

        You’re assuming that there’s a significant number of people who weren’t buying their games because they weren’t available on Linux. I tend to think the situation is more along the lines of most people who are using Linux now are people who don’t care much about gaming (and the ones that do care probably dual-boot to get their gaming fix).

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          [quote<] I tend to think the situation is more along the lines of most people who are using Linux now are people who don't care much about gaming (and the ones that do care probably dual-boot to get their gaming fix).[/quote<] You are assuming that many linux users don't game because they are not gamers. That is not necessarily true as many feel that gaming alone is not a good enough reason to install linux. It's doesn't mean they will not become an avid gamer once games are available on their platform. It's like if they ever brought Halo over to the PS3, I'm sure there would be a ton of PS3 users lining up to buy Halo but it is not enough to justify buying an XBoX. I love to game myself, but it is not worth having to install windows to do it. Steam comes to linux and I'm sure I will find myself gaming a lot more and for the first time since ETQW buying games.

      • UberGerbil
      • 7 years ago

      I don’t think this is an either-or proposition. This could be the thing that peels off a chunk of the enthusiast PC gamer market and moves them to Linux, while the mainstream continues with Windows8/OSX for their desktop and consoles (and possibly iOS) for their gaming. In other words, it could succeed for Valve and still end up not being Linux’s breakout moment.

    • ClickClick5
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]•Includes single GPU performance updates for Far Cry 3[/quote<] Is this for the 7xxx series only? Or do they mean the 5 and 6 series as well?

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      isn’t that game coming out next month?

        • cynan
        • 7 years ago

        [quote<]With two weeks to go before the release of Far Cry 3[/quote<] Dec 4 isn't close enough to 2 weeks for you?

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          no, my point is that they’re advertising gains on a game that isn’t out yet.

            • Silus
            • 7 years ago

            Thumbs up, because it’s jaw dropping how you can be thumbed down for just pointing out reality….

            How can anyone confirm performance gains in a game that isn’t out yet ???
            Must be AMD’s new RDF “performance is there, you just don’t need to be aware”

            • lilbuddhaman
            • 7 years ago

            Dev/Game Tester emails them “this is performing poorly, can you take a look at this?”, they respond, they add notes to their patch. What is the big deal here?

            • Silus
            • 7 years ago

            Companies that work with developers do not talk with them, provide drivers or whatever they need, through a public channel/site. And it’s not a big deal…it’s just stupid to advertize performance gains in public drivers for games that are not out yet and won’t be for about 2 weeks or so.

        • Firestarter
        • 7 years ago

        TWIMTBP

      • My Johnson
      • 7 years ago

      AMD’s (ATI) driver is already well tuned for the older VLIW cards.

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