Originally Posted by Offler
Ziddy, you are quite off topic. Strange is that I have heard similar complaints about GTX 6x0 series from Nvidia.
I have to disagree. I am completely on topic. AMD 13.2 Beta continue to receive good feedback from desktop users, but for us stuck with this broken GCN Enduro, we're screwed. And of course doesn't help when you think AMD drivers discussion only applies to desktop owners. That doesn't make much sense to me, when PC desktop sales are at all time low while mobile tech continues to rise, though laptop sales are also lower due to tablets, but still exceeding desktop. And mobile gaming is also far outpacing desktop gaming. I would think for AMD, considering the financial disaster state they are in, addressing their mobile driver issues would be at an all time high priority. Nvidia has functioning optimus which doesn't have nearly the number of negative stories on notebook gaming forums, don't know where you hear your news. And Nvidia has tabet/phone graphics offerings and they are looking to introduce handheld gaming device. AMD is just falling further and further behind in mobile. Even AnandTech has noted AMD's mobile driver support has been dismal.
- And for enthusiast forum like this, Nvidia mobile are able to have customized vBIOS, adjust voltage and have proper overclocking. And you may scoff at overclocking on mobile, but you may want to check the insane stable overclocks the 680M owners have right now. AMD owners have just Afterburner which is unstable, does not mesh well with Enduro, can lead to continuous BSODs etc.
But overclocking isn't even the biggest issue. I'd like to play Crysis 2 with the latest drivers having more than 30% GPU utilization and 25 FPS. That's ridiculous. I'd like to be able to play the latest games and not have to worry about Enduro and checking to see that the GPU is being utilized. So far, no drivers from AMD since the release of 7970M have been able to do this. NONE. Some games run well, some don't, it's a lottery and pray that the game you want to play will have more than 30-40% GPU utilization...
And there is absolutely no feedback from AMD to these problems except occasionally through Jared at AnandTech, who doesn't seem to be much of a gamer or even like high end laptops, seems to favor his MacBook or Razer... Anyway, Thracks is very active here. Hoping maybe he can pass on the overall negative sentiment about AMD's mobile flagship 7970M.
On the first two pages alone I see too many threads about 7970M. Everything from not working with AutoCad, various games, overall negative opinion on AMD's progress to address Enduro issues, 7970M heating/cooling issues, and more.
So yes, I think I am very much on topic. The 13.2 beta 7 and all previous beta, 13.1 and previous drivers do not provide the support and performance that AMD should be providing.Edited by Ziddy - 3/6/13 at 11:18am