Radeon owners who want to play Thief should grab the latest graphics drivers from AMD. The new Catalyst 14.2 Beta V1.3 release has performance optimizations and an updated CrossFire profile for the Thief reboot. It also includes a couple of enhancements for Battlefield 4, plus other miscellaneous bug fixes. Here are the feature highlights from the official release notes:
- Thief: Crossfire Profile update and performance improvements for single GPU configurations
- Mantle: Multi-GPU configurations (up to 4 GPUs) running Battlefield 4 are now supported
- Frame Pacing for Dual Graphics and non-XDMA configurations above 2560x1600 are now supported with Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4
- Dual graphics DirectX 9 application issues have been resolved
- Minecraft: Missing textures have been resolved
- 3D applications no longer see intermittent hangs or application crashes
- Resolves corruption issues seen in X-plane
In a separate email about the drivers, AMD says the V1.3 release resolves hanging and stuttering issues associated with BF4's Mantle codepath. There's no mention of stuttering fixes in the official release notes, though. Hmmm.
On February 13, EA DICE released a BF4 patch that was supposed to address Mantle-related stuttering issues. Cyril detected hitching with that version of the game and the older Catalyst Beta 14.1 V1.6 drivers, so it would be nice if the new Beta 14.2 V1.3 drivers included their own stuttering fixes. We've asked AMD for clarification, and we'll update this story when the company responds.
In the meantime, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users can grab the Catalyst 14.2 Beta V1.3 drivers right here. The latest beta isn't available for Windows Vista or XP.
Update: The resolved hanging and stuttering issues mentioned in the initial email we received about the drivers appear to be specific to CrossFire configurations.