I read the release notes. There are a couple of performance improvements but nothing really relevant. They have fixed more bugs than anything. Physx7 considering that 7.11 were horrible I would be surprised if the 7.12 aren't better. They couldn't really get much worse. Seeing as the drivers have some fix's for Crysis and other recently released games I would go with them.
Im using 7.12 with my 3870...I first used the 7.11 that came with my 3870 and it was a real B**** to install it...Kept crashing my pc with error codes.With ccc 7.12 None of that happend and it is more stable when O/Ced. The only down fall is i cant O/C as high anymore..with 7.11 i got 885/1335 now i can only get 875/1250 stable so i don't know.
I'm getting a bit tired of the driver dilemma with ATI. All I am really playing right now is LOTRO. With 7.10 the game played well in DX9 but as soon as DX10 was enabled the game went to crap. Everything went black as soon as AA was enabled on my HD2900XT. 7.11 fixed the AA problem*no more black screen* but the textures were still all eschewed when a spell was cast and water was sometimes there,sometimes not.lol.also,lights in windows all had big blue splotches in them. with the 7.12's all this remains and now when i swing my weapon in battle it is invisible as is my opponents weapon.Such is the case with all weapons that are drawn.So, with that that all said.the 7.12's are pretty much crap for me too.back to 7.10 I guess and lets all hope for a Christmas miracle from ATI in the form of a good driver for their hardware.
With CF active both my cards work fine. However, with Crysis it doesn't take advantage of my CF setup and only utilizes one card. That card is still in CF though. Don't worry I'm used to people not understanding my line of thought .
i reply to this thread because i had some issues with 7.12 driver
to elaborate a little i bought a sapphire radeon 3850 installed the driver that came with the install cd all went fine driver version 7.11
after setting up the internet connection i dl the 7.12 catalyst driver uninstall previous driver clean everything with driver cleaner and procedd installing 7.12 all went haywire!
first the clocks reading were innacurate....and graphic corruption in crysis and the witcher
installed the crysis hotfix still nothing
uninstalled the driver cleaned the registries an d did this installed the 7.11 graphic driver just the graphic driver not the entire catalyst suite...and then the crysis hotfix wich contains the rest of catalyst suite
now all is fine corect readings of mem and core clocks and no graphic corruption
hope it helps ,
i got a visiontek hd 3870 for christmas and when i installed it i switched it with a 7800gtx. i installed the 7.12 drivers as they were the most recent from the ati site. im running a 2.6ghz FX60 with 2gb (2X1gb) Gskill running at 400mhz (rate 500mhz), a abit kn8 sli mobo and windows xp home X86. has a nvidia chipset. (nvidia4? havent looked at it in awhile, was the best chipset when i bought it) i play wow and cod4. wow went from a constant 50fps to 71fps+ on full everything (i had to turn off the all the cards features, like the aa and as crap and put it on application controlled) in cod4 on my 7800gtx id run in 1680X1050 on highest settings and get like an average of 40-50fps sometimes dipping to 30. but now with the hd 3870 i get almost always a constant 91fps (i dont care about uncapping it cause in the 90's i dont notice the frames as i do if they dip lower then 70. yes i can see that, im very picky about that.) so all in all, i like the card very much and with driver improvements it can only get better. after having nvidia for two years, i decided that i wanted to see if ati really had a graphical improvement over nvidia so i went with the hd3870 instead of a 8800gts 512. (yes nvidia is proven to have better fps but with only about 10fps difference in most games, i decided eff it, lets go with a prettier picture) well, crap, it seems ive rambled on and on. hope someone gets somethin out of this.