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With the Catalyst 13.1 we have added another driver to our graphics where we list the performance and power consumption of almost all AMD drivers for the HD 7970. Basically the Catalyst 13.1 is fighting with the Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 for the performance crown.

A closer look at the benchmark results shows that performance wise there isn't much going on compared to the Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 but for three games. Overall AMD's latest driver is a tiny bit slower than the previous driver, -0.5% to be precise. If you start searching "bigger" differences, there you will find DIRT 2, Dragon Age 2 and COD MW. In case of DIRT 2 the WHQL driver is about 3 percent faster than the Beta 8. For Dragon Age 2 we measured the WHQL 6 % slower than the Beta 8 driver. Under COD MW3 the WHQL driver was slower too with 5 % loss in performance. Otherwise the performance difference between the two drivers was within the percent.

So really, the performance differences but for two games is no big deal. Interesting too our setup seems to draw less power with the 13.1 WHQL driver installed under both idle and load conditions. Respectively 5 and 4 Watts.

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Given the hoopla that surrounded the 12.11 beta series, I'd have expected a much better showing.

With the exception of Battlefield 3, 13.1 whql provides either a small gain or small loss vs 12.10 whql.

Call of duty lost 9fps in 13.1 vs 12.11 beta 4.

Dragon age 3 lost 3fps.

Skyrim lost 6fps.

Here's hoping AMD's memory rewrite gives us some of those gains back when it's released.
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Boy buying this 7950 is regretful.

Or it would have been before I sold it smile.gif
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Wasn't the point of 13.1 to reduce frame latency times, which may actually cause a decrease in overall FPS but for an increase overall smoothness (less stuttering)?
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Wasn't the point of 13.1 to reduce frame latency times, which may actually cause a decrease in overall FPS but for an increase overall smoothness (less stuttering)?

If i remember correctly that'll be released soon.
    
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Wasn't the point of 13.1 to reduce frame latency times, which may actually cause a decrease in overall FPS but for an increase overall smoothness (less stuttering)?

No, I think that's 13.2 Beta.
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Boy buying this 7950 is regretful.

Or it would have been before I sold it smile.gif

What? 7950 is about the best price/performance gpu you can get in the 'high' end right now.
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No, I think that's 13.2 Beta.

Correct
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What? 7950 is about the best price/performance gpu you can get in the 'high' end right now.
Correct

Minus the extremely erratic stuttering that made some games virtually unplayable on my end. I understand that some people aren't sensitive to it but it REALLY made playing games an eye sore for me personally. First world problems, etc
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Minus the extremely erratic stuttering that made some games virtually unplayable on my end. I understand that some people aren't sensitive to it but it REALLY made playing games an eye sore for me personally. First world problems, etc
I get none of this stuttering you speak of /shrug

As for the drivers, I came from 12.6 drivers so it was a sweet free upgrade for me.
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I'm rocking 13.2 on my crossfire 7950 and it has been smooth while fps was retained from 12.11...
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I put the 13.2 Driver in this site and was told last week i believe that they will be out this week (The real fully 13.2) but nothing came out. AMD is taking too long. Its already 1 year and still you cant say i have stable drivers.
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