Originally Posted by Raptorpowa
So, I should sell my xfire base on this review?
If you just got yours, hold off, their driver optimizations are supposedly in the works.
I personally have been noticing this since 58xx days. I am done with AMD (fanboys read this as anti-AMD if you want), I personally don't enjoy my games anymore because of the unevenness of the frames. It actually causes me headaches and breaks immersion a lot to the point where 130+ fps feels like 30.
I think frame capping just shy of Vertical Refresh Rate helps 99% of the time, but it is an unacceptable solution, and doesn't work in all games. I have also noticed that it is primarily in DX11 games too. DX9 games seem the most smooth to me, perhaps, they aren't nearly as taxing as their newer counter parts? Or the code is really just optimized in DX9 (it should be after almost a decade of using it.)
This in addition to the past 3 years of AMD driver SNAFUs have done me in. I switched from Quad SLI 590s (and the headaches they provided) to the next gen of cards 7970s because I just wanted a decent dual GPU solution. I am still waiting for some driver fixes a year later after purchase. I also paid a ridiculous amount of money for launch 7970 cards too.
Originally Posted by Blameless
Microstutter often isn't obvious, but I'd bet anything that there are significant portion of dual-GPU users out there who would not notice the difference if I stole one of their cards, unless they were looking at a frame rate meter.
It is extremely frustrating to the rest of us, as they keep shouting nothing is wrong, nothing is wrong, nothing is wrong.... one of us.. one of us...
I think for the most part, people don't change their cards very often, I have had both sides almost every generation now, and I think some people have no idea how different the experience is that they are "used" to it. I personally see the difference as night or day, it isn't a simple hitch or screen tear, the entire of fluidity of the game is wrong 100%.Edited by RagingCain - 4/2/13 at 7:22am