Driver fix for CrossFire + Eyefinity/4K frame pacing issues coming this fall

I just spoke with Raja Koduri, the new head of graphics hardware and software development at AMD, who recently returned to the company after some time away. Koduri, incidentally, spearheaded the development of the original CrossFire implementation way back when.

In our talk, Koduri acknowledged that the frame delivery issues with CrossFire were “unfortunate,” and he expressed a desire to make things right. Koduri told me AMD is working on a fix for CrossFire and single-large-surface display configurations, like Eyefinity and tiled 4K monitors, for current Radeon graphics cards. He said AMD plans to deliver a driver with the fix this fall.

AMD’s newest Radeon GPU, the “Hawaii” chip that will power the Radeon R9 290 and 290X cards announced earlier today, will of course be a top priority, as well. Although we can’t yet divulge too many details, we expect Hawaii-based graphics cards to arrive with a very capable solution for CrossFire frame compositing and pacing already in place.

Some of the new Radeon cards announced today that are based on older GPUs like Tahiti and Pitcairn will presumably have to wait for the fall driver release in order to see this issue resolved.

The good news is that AMD appears to be very much aware of the importance of resolving CrossFire frame delivery problems, and they seem to be confident that a satisfactory fix is possible within a relatively compact time frame.

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    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 6 years ago

    Crossfire needs a complete redesign. The bridge is inadequate. They need to create a new standard.

      • WillBach
      • 6 years ago

      That may be happening: [url=http://semiaccurate.com/2013/09/25/amd-hawaii-cards-pictures<]AMD Hawaii cards in pictures | SemiAccurate - AMD Hawaii card (lack of) Crossfire connector[/url<]

      • beck2448
      • 6 years ago

      They stopped making the 7990. Never worked properly, but they marketed it like it was the best.

        • jazper
        • 6 years ago

        I have not had one issue with it.. I am running single monitor, but I’m happy

    • oldDummy
    • 6 years ago

    “… plans to deliver a driver with the fix this fall.”

    I plan on being 100 years old; Not likely.

    Here’s hoping. Wish them well.

    • tbone8ty
    • 6 years ago

    What’s up with no crossfire bridges on the R9-290x???

    It look like a final PCB design to me

      • Great_Big_Abyss
      • 6 years ago

      Crossfire will function through the PCI bus. No need for crossfire fingers or connectors. Expect a PCI-e 3.0 motherboard to be a necessity to run two or more of these cards in crossfire.

    • Bensam123
    • 6 years ago

    YES! Now I can play on my 4k monitor with my crossfire setup!

      • chuckula
      • 6 years ago

      AT 240HZ!!

        • Meadows
        • 6 years ago

        With 40% more bezels!

      • Mr. Eco
      • 6 years ago

      I am planning on Eyefinity setup, three 4K monitors 🙂

        • Alexko
        • 6 years ago

        Should be fun, but you may have trouble playing recent games (if you’re serious).

          • Bensam123
          • 6 years ago

          I hope nothing in here is serious. XD

        • anotherengineer
        • 6 years ago

        If I had your money I’d burn mine 😉

    • ermo
    • 6 years ago

    Uh, ok.

    Fall ends, what, [s<]November 30th[/s<] December 21st? My guess is we'll see something around that date. Truth be told, I'd be somewhat surprised if AMD lands anything sooner than that. EDIT: Apparently, you North Americans use a different definition of the seasons than us Scandinavians.

      • anotherengineer
      • 6 years ago

      Well technically the first day of winter in North America is December 21st 😉

        • ermo
        • 6 years ago

        Where I live (Scandinavia), fall is traditionally held to last from from September 1st to November 30th. Winter is from December 1st to February 28/29th.

        To me (and this may be culturally biased) it seems a bit weird that the first day of winter in North America coincides with the winter solstice — i.e. that winter starts on the shortest day of the year? However, it turns out that you appear to use the Astronomical definition of fall — from the Autumnal Equinox to Winter Solstice.

        Good to know.

          • glynor
          • 6 years ago

          The US doesn’t have a “colloquially defined” fall season, at least not one that is commonly used throughout the country, and the the astronomical dates would probably be more well known if you are going to quote an actual date.

          But that likely comes from the fact that the US is [i<]pretty darn big[/i<] and spans a continent. Even if you only consider the contiguous states (ignoring Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and other far-flung states and territories) there is quite a difference in "seasons" between Death Valley and Caribou, Maine or San Antonio, Texas and Grand Forks, North Dakota. I'd think you [i<]would[/i<] be able to define a traditional "fall season" across most Scandinavian countries, but it is a bit more challenging here to have a commonly accepted consensus, country-wide (perhaps more locally, certainly). That said, it isn't universally true. Many people would probably define "summer" as from Memorial Day to Labor Day, which has as much to do with the traditional school-year calendar as anything else. But there aren't (to my knowledge) any generally agreed upon or well known other seasonal dates other than the astronomical ones. They're what's on calendars here, anyway.

          • anotherengineer
          • 6 years ago

          Yeppers, and if you were in Australia, Dec 1st would be the first day of summer.

          However in all reality winter here in northern Ontario Canada is about November to about April ;(

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 6 years ago

            Along the gulf coast, it would be stretching things to call December 1 through February 28 “winter”.
            [url<]http://www.sercc.com/climateinfo/historical/historical_fl.html[/url<]

          • shank15217
          • 6 years ago

          Yea the use also has 6 time zones and about 100 times the size, I don’t think a single set of dates makes much sense for the US so its just based on astronomical time lines of winter and summer solstice and spring and fall equinox.

        • chuckula
        • 6 years ago

        What’s up with those idiot North Americans basing their seasons on the equinoxes and solstices! Why can’t they adopt the metric system like everyone else!?!?!

          • anotherengineer
          • 6 years ago

          Last time I checked we do use the metric system here in Canada. Or was that a very poor trolling attempt?

          • shank15217
          • 6 years ago

          the tropics have only 2 seasons, wet and less wet

    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 6 years ago

    Scumbag AMD

    Fixes broken GPU line

    Makes it obsolete by releasing new GPU line

      • Eggrenade
      • 6 years ago

      Scumbag AMD

      Releases new GPU line

      Still fixes old line as to not force people to upgrade

        • Prestige Worldwide
        • 6 years ago

        Hmm… touché

        • Prestige Worldwide
        • 6 years ago

        But technically you should have said Good Guy AMD.

        +1 anyway

        • cynan
        • 6 years ago

        The caveat to this is that most of this “new” GPU line is, in fact, their old GPU line. But as a Tahiti GPU owner, I’m not complaining.

    • ronch
    • 6 years ago

    I hope it’s not another beta…

    • wingless
    • 6 years ago

    Here’s to hoping the R9 cards have a hardware fix for frame pacing built in!

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 6 years ago

      Somehow, given that they determined the problem this year after a lot of consternation and doubt, I’d say… highly unlikely they then built frame pacing into the card’s hardware with some kind of fixed function unit.

      Perhaps they’re using something programmable, but that would be a “software fix,” right?

      If they fix it and it doesn’t cost performance (or hell improves performance), I don’t really care HOW they do it. It’s just they need to fix it universally, not patch it game by game. I don’t trust their ability or commitment to patching every game individually to fix this issue.

        • jazper
        • 6 years ago

        Why bother with a hardware fix when a software fix will work?

    • Wildchild
    • 6 years ago

    Never thought I’d see TR post an article this late and it’s good news too!

      • Dygear
      • 6 years ago

      Yeah, they normally do things like sleeping. I normally do things like read all of the articles they put out today at this time. I guess that’s because he is on Hawaii time?

      • the
      • 6 years ago

      It helps that Hawaii is in an earlier time zone.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 6 years ago

        What direction does [b<]your[/b<] planet spin?

          • gigafinger
          • 6 years ago

          Obviously the other way.

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