AMD has announced the release of the latest Catalyst 13.10 Beta driver, which brings with it improvements to Crossfire and Frame pacing performance, as well as new bug fixes and game optimisations.
AMD says that the efforts to fix Crossfire performance for Radeon HD5000, HD6000 and HD7000 users are going well. The latest driver may only improve performance for a number of major games, but other titles built on DirectX 10 or 11 may also see speed-ups and more stability.
Feature Highlights of the 13.10 Beta include:
- Rolled in features from the 13.8 Beta2 driver, no CAP (Catalyst Application Profile) required
- PCI-E bus speed is no longer set to x1 on the secondary GPU when running in CrossFire configurations
- Rome Total War 2: Updated CAP, improves CrossFire scaling up to 20% (at 2560×1600 with extreme settings), resolves corruption issues seen while playing the game
- Saints Row 4: Updated CAP, improves CrossFire scaling up to 20% (at 2560×1600 with ultra settings)
- Metro Last Light: Updated CAP, improves CrossFire scaling up to 10% (at 2560×1600 with ultra settings)
Frame pacing improvements have also been made primarily for the following titles:
- Tomb Raider
- Metro Last Light
- Sniper Elite
- World of Warcraft
- Max Payne 3
- Hitman Absolution
AMD also includes a new version of the Catalyst Mobility driver that includes some improvements for AMD’s Enduro switching technology, but these features are still in very early testing.
AMD’s improvements to Crossfire and frame pacing are only applicable to single-monitor setups up to UltraHD 4K at 30Hz and for titles that support DirectX 10 or newer render paths. DirectX 9 titles and Eyefinity configurations will not see any improvements.
Caution should be exercised when installing and testing these drivers, as AMD provides no support for Beta products. Catalyst 13.10 Beta requires Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1 to be installed. Windows Vista and Windows XP operating systems are not compatible with this driver release.