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[techpowerup] It's Now Been Over 160 Days Since a Catalyst WHQL Release

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http://www.techpowerup.com/212724/its-now-been-over-160-days-since-a-catalyst-whql-release.html

"The company's last WHQL-signed Catalyst release was Catalyst 14.12 Omega WHQL, which released on 09/12/2014, 161 days ago. The company has since only released two "Beta" drivers, notably Catalyst 15.4 Beta, with optimization for Grand Theft Auto V, and AMD FreeSync support. In contrast, NVIDIA adopted a faster driver update cycle than its previous monthly GeForce WHQL driver releases, under its "Game Ready" driver program. New WHQL-signed releases predate almost every AAA PC game release. There's still no word on a Catalyst WHQL update, and with launch of new graphics cards slated for the third week of June, it's unlikely that the company will release one interim. By then, it will have been 196 days since a Catalyst WHQL driver release. Such a slow driver update cycle would do little to inspire confidence in buying the next-generation Radeon product, even if it establishes a performance lead over GeForce."

This is basically a tech site editorial rant and a desperate effort by Nvidia to spread FUD before AMD's next gen products launch. Nvidia must be scared about AMD's upcoming flagship GPU with HBM to attempt these desperate measures. It looks more and more sites are just an extension of Nvidia PR & marketing. rolleyes.gif
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Who cares if the performance is there, a 280x would still be victorious over thee 780 tongue.gif
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The bigger story may just be Nvidias constant driver updates slowing kepler down in newer titles. Maybe just maybe slower driver releases are keeping our performance numbers up? hehe.

I am running a very bizarre setup and aside from new titles having the usual growing pains. I am not finding as many issues as i thought i would. So for now AMD seems to be doing well for me. Perhaps the doomsday soothsayers will keep an eye out.
post #4 of 12
who gives a damn.

Betas are more important.
post #5 of 12
Clearly WHQL stamping is crucial. I mean all gamers only get their drivers from windows update. Amirite?
post #6 of 12
first place i go when i have an issue, windows update.

lol
post #7 of 12
Beats short changing consumer with 0.5gb of VRAM.
post #8 of 12
Because thats what I want to do is download drivers every time i turn my PC on.... Im running the 15.4.1 AMD Drivers right now, absolutely nothing wrong with them nor has there been anything wrong with any other ones ive tried.

Now my Laptop is GTX 750m SLI and every time I use it (About once every 2 weeks) the Nvidia control panel thing has some annoying pop-up telling me theirs another new driver.
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AMD finally makes a driver that isn't broken and needs to be updated after every new release. This is somehow a bad thing.
Meanwhile, Nvidia, as dividebyzero said, Nvidia keeps releasing new drivers that hurt Kepler performance. I've started to see people mentioning in threads that Kepler owners see better performance by staying in older drivers. I wonder how those people will feel when drivers get new features they want and are forced to upgrade and choose between those features and support for a game the older drivers lack or performance.

There's a huge coordinated push in tech media to write whatever AMD is doing off as bad. Ars technica uk wrote what to amounts to AMD saying they couldn't fix Witcher 3 because they didn't have source, Nvidia and CDPR saying they gave them keys and that AMD is lying, and then covering themselves. There's also stuff in Witcher 3 that sets a 30fps limit to older Nvidia cards.

Be careful with what you read out there and be sceptical, always. A lot of tech sites choose between saying what's right for their readers or getting free products from Nvidia, and sadly they choose the free products.
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post #10 of 12
We all are so gullible. We believe pretty much everything we read.

Including what we post.
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