Catalyst 15.5 betas promise gains in Project Cars, Witcher 3

AMD has just posted some Catalyst 15.5  beta drivers in response to the releases of Project Cars and The Witcher 3.

The official release notes are pretty sparse, but they mention a CrossFire profile update for The Witcher 3. They also anticipate performance gains of up to 10% for R9 and R7-series single GPUs with the beta driver. Performance is likewise improved in Project Cars, but this time up to a quoted maximum of 17% (again, in single-GPU mode).

The Witcher 3 gets even more special attention. AMD offers a handy optimization guide addressing most of the performance issues revealed upon the game's release. However, the release notes recommend that users disable post-process anti-aliasing with CrossFire. There may still be some random flickering occurring, with the only workaround for the latter being to disable Crossfire completely.

CrossFire issues rear their head again in Project Cars, with a note about graphical corruption with DS2M anti-aliasing enabled. That issue looks fairly minor in the grand scheme of things, though.

Get'em while they're hot, folks.

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    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    LMFAO.. so much for the conspiracy theories.

    • Rza79
    • 4 years ago

    Tests with a 290x:
    [url<]http://www.computerbase.de/2015-05/amd-benchmarks-zum-catalyst-15.5-mit-project-cars-und-witcher-3/[/url<]

      • USAFTW
      • 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

      • CMac019
      • 4 years ago

      I wish they’d say what 290x they used… It looks like it could be reference since my PCS+ r9 290 already gets a consistently higher framerate than their results.

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 4 years ago

    AMD’s on point. Still no updates for Kepler users with these games.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 4 years ago

      Update: Kepler Fix / Workaround:
      [url<]https://www.reddit.com/r/witcher/comments/37o6sl/how_i_went_from_35_fps_average_on_low_to_45/[/url<] *lol* First time changing to CPU physx mode improved performance.

    • LostCat
    • 4 years ago

    I still just wish we could delete Raptr from existence. Failing that, I’d accept Raptr being less annoying so I’d actually want it installed.

      • Concupiscence
      • 4 years ago

      You have a problem with Raptr? But Dennis “Thresh” Fong won’t steer ya wrong!

      Seriously, it’s not very good.

        • LostCat
        • 4 years ago

        I have a problem with anything with an omnipresent overlay I can’t figure out how to turn off for features I don’t even use (video recording.) I know my way around apps well enough that it shouldn’t be that hard/impossible to figure out.

          • DancinJack
          • 4 years ago

          so don’t install it. you do have a choice, don’t you?

            • LostCat
            • 4 years ago

            Sadly, it still exists and someone at AMD thinks it should be installed by default.

            (I honestly can’t imagine there being more than one person wanting it.)

            • DancinJack
            • 4 years ago

            It’s just a checkbox, man. Let’s try to focus on stuff without a minimal-effort solution.

            It does suck though.

            • LostCat
            • 4 years ago

            Let a guy whine once in a while sheesh! 😉

            • Sabresiberian
            • 4 years ago

            Sometimes a checkbox goes unnoticed or we forget about it. I’ve installed that dang AV program Flash updates try to force on you accidentally myself. Fortunately it was easy to uninstall.

            A program should never be opt-in by default; it should always be opt-out unless you specifically want it installed. It always lowers my opinion of companies that try to get stuff on your computer without me asking for it. And if you maintain a computer for someone that has no clue what’s going on – like an 80-year old grandfather that has a hard time remembering his email password, never mind knows what to do with a Flash update – it’s just one more little headache no one should have to deal with.

            So it isn’t “just a checkbox”, it’s the process you have to go through to remove the unwanted program. Again, that’s usually a very simple process these days – but why take up a minute (or longer if you are still running on a hard drive and/or need to restart) of my time, why annoy me, when you as a company could have avoided the entire thing just by being courteous and respectful?

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 years ago

            I got caught by surprise since it’s part of the driver install. The only choice I saw when I set up my MIL’s machine (with a spare Radeon 5770 still being faster than a Pentium’s built-in graphcis) was uninstalling after the fact.

    • LocalCitizen
    • 4 years ago

    i wonder what they put in the driver to “optimize” for performance.
    i am old enough to remember reviewers used to rename the executable and compare the frame rate and image quality.

    [url<]https://techreport.com/news/6698/accusations-fly-over-far-cry-renaming-issue[/url<] edit: wrong link, sorry

      • Welch
      • 4 years ago

      Psshh, old, that happen like just yester…… oh…. wow that was about 11 years ago. Holy crap time flys.

        • sweatshopking
        • 4 years ago

        you’re going to be dead soon.

          • LostCat
          • 4 years ago

          Aren’t we all?

      • Klimax
      • 4 years ago

      Fixed pipeline is nothing like programmable pipeline. Complexity is name of the problem and it isn’t going anytime soon away.

      Optimizations HW specific are requirement as GCN is not like Kepler nor like Maxwell. Each needs different tuning…

      Instruction scheduling and selection, memory use and placement,… nowadays graphics go very complex and thus driver level optimizations are required. (or engine level, but that’s not good idea)

      ETA: Optimizations are dominantly done in shader processing and compiling and in VRAM memory manager.

      Details on driver APIs and approaches:
      [url<]https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff570593(v=vs.85).aspx[/url<]

    • DancinJack
    • 4 years ago

    All the complaining for the past couple weeks and 3 comments so far?

    Shocking.

      • Vaughn
      • 4 years ago

      lol I just downloaded the beta have to test it.

      what comments are you expecting they just released these!

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      People who were proven wrong don’t like to apologize for their statements.

    • f0d
    • 4 years ago

    OMG AMD ARE SO GOOD THEY INCREASED FRAMERATES FOR AN OBVIOUSLY BIASED GAME JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE BEST DRIVER TEAM IN THE WORLD

    NEXT RELEASE AMD CARDS WILL HAVE EVEN MORE IMPROVEMENTS BECAUSE THEY CAN FIX ANY NASTY EVIL TRICKS NVIDIA PUT IN THERE

    PROJECT CARS IS SO BIASED TOWARDS NVIDIA BUT AMD IS SO GOOD THEY UNBIASED IT

    /sarcasm mode off

    /ssk mode off

      • Vaughn
      • 4 years ago

      You were trying way too hard… Major fail!

        • f0d
        • 4 years ago

        nah
        if i was trying hard i would have said “HEY GUIZE” and mentioned windows phone somehow

          • wimpishsundew
          • 4 years ago

          You mean Linux and Palm Pre

    • sweatshopking
    • 4 years ago

    Up to 17%?? Those cars owners are going to be annoyed….

      • anotherengineer
      • 4 years ago

      Meh, here is some AWESOME news DD1 updates for life!!!!!!!!!!!!

      [url<]https://www.dungeondefenders.com/1/topic/119519/two-free-updates-coming-and-more[/url<]

      • Topinio
      • 4 years ago

      Depends how “up to”, as 17% would seem to put the 290X above the 970 based on the only benchmarking I’ve seen [url<]http://gamegpu.ru/racing-simulators-/-gonki/project-cars-2015-test-gpu.html[/url<]

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