Latest Catalyst beta addresses Crysis 3, Far Cry 3

AMD's driver team definitely isn't slacking off—they've just rolled out their third Catalyst 13.2 beta graphics driver in eight days. Radeon owners can grab the Catalyst 13.2 beta update right here on AMD's knowledge base site. They can look forward to performance improvements for both Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3. Here's the official list of "feature highlights:"

  • Crysis 3 multi-player Beta: Improves CrossFire scaling by up to 40%
  • Far Cry 3: Improves performance up to 10% at 2560x1600 with 8xAA
  • New 3D Mark release: Adds CrossFire profile support for the new 3D Mark release under Windows 8

That 40% Crysis 3 CrossFire boost apparently comes in addition to the MSAA gains from previous Catalyst 13.2 betas. You might recall beta 4 raised performance by "up to 50%" for configurations with 4X or 8X multisampled antialiasing enabled, and beta 3 introduced an improvement of "up to 15%" in "high MSAA cases."

AMD vowed last month when posting the beta 3 release, "Future updates will be made to AMD Catalyst 13.2 Beta to further improve performance in Crysis 3 for both single GPU and CrossFire configurations." I'd say the company has delivered on that promise, and then some.

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