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The results in this post are for a 6900 series card, for the HD 5870 results, please view this post and for HD 68xx results, please view this post.

I decided to see how much of a difference the new drivers make in a few of the applications they mentioned. These are the improvements we are apparently meant to see over the 11.2 drivers.
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Up to 23% performance improvement in Aliens vs. Predator
up to 22% performance improvement in Batman: Arkham Asylum
Up to 26% performance improvement in FarCry 2
Up to 35% performance improvement in Lost Planet 2
Up to 30% performance improvement in Metro 2033
*Tested on Radeon HD 6870

It did mention "Users should see a boost, particularly with anti-aliasing" so that's why I set AA to full in most of these games. I used the benchmark tool in most of these games, and there are some games mentioned in the release notes that I don't have installed yet, so I couldn't test those. Those I tested should provide a brief overview though.

I didn't use a benchmark tool for BC2, instead i played through Crack the Sky (and tried to keep it as consistent as possible with the first run). For AvP, I played through the Jungle map on the predator campaign (5 minutes) and used FRAPS to record FPS both times and tried to keep it as consistent as possible on every run. For all other games, the associated benchmark tool was used.

Stock 6950 / i7 920 @ 4Ghz HT on

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Metro-2033.png
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The following games were not included in the release notes but I decided to test them anyway since they are quite popular.

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Just-Cause-2.png

Feel free to add your own results here. =)
Edited by Razi3l - 3/18/11 at 1:57pm
    
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nice overview smile.gif +1
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Nice work mate.

So AMD is overrating their new drivers ?
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Nice review, though on what GPU I may ask? I am afraid that these amazing stability and performance increases are only for 6000 users and that's why I am asking redface.gif .
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kerian;12692050 
Nice work mate.

So AMD is overrating their new drivers ?

the work on best case scenario, as always.

so at one particular res, with very particular settings, with a specific model of their cards, youll get the gain that they claim.

Test unigine with tesselation btw ¬______________¬
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kerian;12692050 
Nice work mate.

So AMD is overrating their new drivers ?

Yea pretty much. Far Cry 2/Batman was nice, but for Metro and Heaven I didn't max out AA so that maybe why, but the increase is still something.
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Nice review, though on what GPU I may ask? I am afraid that these amazing stability and performance increases are only for 6000 users and that's why I am asking redface.gif .

6950. I'm not sure how much of an increase 5k cards would see, if any.
    
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I can guarantee these drivers are pure epicness!

I had random lockups on Bad Company 2 with 11.1a Hotfix on my 6970 CF, installed these 11.4 Preview, and I was amazed, I won almost 20fps average in Bad Company 2!

And games feel smoother now tongue.gif

I think AMD is finally making very nice drivers biggrin.gif
    
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My only wish is to get rid of the stupid 99% GPU usage at idle and the anoying top right corner mouse lag !

If anyone with 5970 had the chance to try out these drivers and report back that would be appreciated.
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Nice review of the drivers. you dont happen to have a 5870 around you can compare the two with do you?
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Ima install them and throw some bench results biggrin.gif
   
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