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[TR] Catalyst 10.12, 11.1, 11.1a HD6970 Comparison

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After our recent review of the ASUS HD 6970 and seeing the lackluster results that we were presented with, we decided to set out and give the 6970 another shot. Was it just another bad driver from AMD that seemed to have crippled the 6970, or was it in fact just the card itself that wasn’t meeting our expectations? So what we have done is take the Catalyst 10.12 driver that we reviewed the card on and put them up against the new 11.1 WHQL and 11.1a Hotfix drivers that were released January 26th. We decided to use some of the benchmarks that were mentioned in the patch notes of the 11.1a drivers to run our tests. Hopefully, in this test we can get a little closer to figuring out if this card was just over hyped on exactly what it could do or if the drivers just neutered it. It should also be noted that this was not written to be a super in-depth look at the driver differences. We merely wanted to look at a few tests that were mentioned and see if we could find differences in the drivers performance, good or bad, and see if it has a chance of curing the 6970’s prior mediocre showing.

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So again, Overclocking ATI cards can do better when it comes to performance then Drivers frown.gif

As an ATI fanboy, I do find it hard to constantly troll against nVidia!
    
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What a junk review site. I am not going to read it if I need to click on images.
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Originally Posted by Poisoner;12209834 
What a junk review site. I am not going to read it if I need to click on images.
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So basically, there isn't any one driver that's superior to the rest.
 
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Surprising numbers...11.1a worse than 10.12? That sucks. frown.gif
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What a junk review site. I am not going to read it if I need to click on images.

Haha, heaven forbid you take an extra second to load a picture. Do you not eat if your mom does not spoon feed you?
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So basically, there isn't any one driver that's superior to the rest.

Yep, basically what I am seeing, but the 11.1 seem to be the better of the 3 choices right now. The card really seems to just be a big failure performance wise from what it was suppose to be. Coming from someone who loves AMD, that really hurts to say haha
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Ive not really noticed performance drops, but thats just me. Maybe because i don't play many games tongue.gif
    
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Is 11.1a newer than 11.1? I never used hotfix drivers.
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Who the hell runs a 6970 at puny resolutions like that? It should be 1680 and up to 2560 or some eyefinity in there. And effing make the pics bigger why the heck make ppl click on more crap? Lameness and non-applicable.
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Is 11.1a newer than 11.1? I never used hotfix drivers.

Well, technically yes they are suppose to be newer. However, the 11.1a hotfix were released before the 11.1 drivers were even available.
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