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AMD Releases Catalyst 13.1 Drivers

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AMD has released its first new driver suite this year, the Catalyst 13.1 WHQL driver set. As we are used to seeing from driver improvements, the new 13.1 drivers feature a number of performance improvements, focused on the HD7000 series graphics cards. All of the performance improvements found in the 12.11 Beta drivers are featured in the 13.1 driver suite. Performance improvement numbers below are respective to the performance from Catalyst 12.10.

Performance gains seen on the entire AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series:
All game were tested at high / extreme / ultra levels

  • Enhanced performance in Far Cry 3 (up to 25% with 8xMSAA, SSAO enabled @ 1600p, and up to 15% with 8xMSAA, HDAO enabled @1600p) (AMD Catalyst 12.11 CAP2 must also be installed)
  • Enhanced AMD CrossFire scaling performance in Call of Duty Black Ops 2
  • Up to 10%-15% more performance in Battlefield 3 in most cases
  • Up to 7% more performance in Metro 2033
  • Up to 10% more performance in DiRT Showdown
  • Up to 8% more performance in Sleeping Dogs
  • Up to 12% more performance in Civilization V
  • Up to 10% more performance in StarCraft II
  • Up to 8% more performance in Sniper Elite: V2
  • Up to 5% more performance in Max Payne


AMD Catalyst Mobility 7970M performance for AMD Enduro technology supported platforms has been improved for DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications:

  • 3DMark 06: Up to 6%
  • 3DMark Vantage: Up to 15%
  • 3DMark 11: Up to 12%
  • AvP: Up to 11%
  • Battlefield 3: Up to 25%
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops: Up to 13%
  • Crysis 2: Up to 45%
  • DiRT Showdown: Up to 62%
  • ETQW: Up to 8%
  • Hard Reset: Up to 8%
  • Just Cause 2: Up to 90%
  • Mafia 2: Up to 40%
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Up to 4%
  • Shogun 2: Up to 56%
  • StarCraft 2: Up to 25%
  • Skyrim: Up to 45%
  • Sniper Elite V2: Up to 60%
  • Tom Clancy’s HAWX: Up to 56%
  • Unigine Heaven: Up to 33%
  • Wolfenstein: Up to 9%


For more information on the Catalyst 13.1 driver suite, head here.

 

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    jerm1027 , January 21, 2013 2:05 PM
    "Releases" makes it sound like it's news; these drivers have been out for almost a week... How about changing the title to reflect that?
    "AMD released Catalyst 13.1 drivers"
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    Anonymous , January 21, 2013 2:47 PM
    Trying to think of an excuse why news are coming between 2 and 10 days later on Tom's hardware than any other self-respecting site, First i was like "Ok maybe they check facts, editor needs to check the stuff" and so on, but lately i think they use pigeons for their news flashes.
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  • 20 Hide
    jerm1027 , January 21, 2013 2:05 PM
    "Releases" makes it sound like it's news; these drivers have been out for almost a week... How about changing the title to reflect that?
    "AMD released Catalyst 13.1 drivers"
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    myromance123 , January 21, 2013 2:43 PM
    No mention of the Linux release notes? Why not?
    For those really interested in tech:
    http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst131ProprietaryLinuxGraphicsDriverReleaseNotes.aspx

    Most important is to note that XServer 1.13 is now officially supported.
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    rpmrush , January 21, 2013 2:45 PM
    Ya this isn't news when everyone already has them installed. And the title is bogus... at least Anandtech used the terminalology "available" and they released their article on the 18th. "Released" would at least make note the you are not in the present with this aritcle.
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    Anonymous , January 21, 2013 2:47 PM
    Trying to think of an excuse why news are coming between 2 and 10 days later on Tom's hardware than any other self-respecting site, First i was like "Ok maybe they check facts, editor needs to check the stuff" and so on, but lately i think they use pigeons for their news flashes.
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    Pherule , January 21, 2013 2:50 PM
    Best news I've had all day.
  • 7 Hide
    A Bad Day , January 21, 2013 2:57 PM
    Late news is late. In fact, Techreport already ran a test determine if the 13.2 Beta fixes the 7950's stuttering issues (which it does): http://techreport.com/review/24218/a-driver-update-to-reduce-radeon-frame-times
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    COLGeek , January 21, 2013 3:19 PM
    Installed. Working as advertised. Seems like a good release. Installed both desktop and mobile versions, several days ago...
  • 1 Hide
    blackmancer , January 21, 2013 3:21 PM
    Perhaps retitle

    "AMD Releases Catalyst 13.1 Drivers 4 days ago"
  • 2 Hide
    A Bad Day , January 21, 2013 4:57 PM
    omnimodis78 TROLOLOLOL I WANT TO BE FLAMED


    My friend's desktop was bricked after he installed a driver update for the GTX 680. After undoing the damage, any registry cleaners we ran simply froze. Windows Update wouldn't work properly either.

    In short, either your computer is messed up and needs a nice nuking and reinstall, or you'er just blatantly lying.
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    A Bad Day , January 21, 2013 4:58 PM
    EDIT: To clarify, I do not think the driver update broke the registry. The bricking was probably just a symptom of a much larger issue.
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    omnimodis78 , January 21, 2013 5:21 PM
    A Bad DayMy friend's desktop was bricked after he installed a driver update for the GTX 680. After undoing the damage, any registry cleaners we ran simply froze. Windows Update wouldn't work properly either.In short, either your computer is messed up and needs a nice nuking and reinstall, or you'er just blatantly lying.

    I never said anything about installing these, so what would I be lying about - I just read all the issues with these drivers because I was interested how they perform. But yes, I know, write a "negative" thing and it's an automatic "trololololol" - very astute...yeah...but anyways, hopefully all you people glowing over this driver will be kind enough to read up on all the negative comments by users (but yes I'm sure those are just trolls too), and also make the effort to come back and give your honest opinions instead of doing the cheer before you even install the driver.

    Oh and I'm pretty sure you're the one either lying about your friend's computer, or your friend's computer was already standing on one leg to begin with... a lot more plausible than a driver bricking a whole system.
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    iam2thecrowe , January 21, 2013 6:15 PM
    A Bad DayLate news is late. In fact, Techreport already ran a test determine if the 13.2 Beta fixes the 7950's stuttering issues (which it does): http://techreport.com/review/24218 [...] rame-times

    Fixes them a bit, but there is still too much time spend beyond 50ms in borderlands 2. I was really put off that AMD could let that happen with the stuttering and it was driver related, and that somehow it wasnt picked up by anyone but Techreport......if it wasnt for them testing cards by frame latency, would they have even fixed it? strange how Toms isnt aware of these stuttering issues...... maybe they should look into testing methods and fix that.
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    iam2thecrowe , January 21, 2013 6:21 PM
    A Bad DayMy friend's desktop was bricked after he installed a driver update for the GTX 680. After undoing the damage, any registry cleaners we ran simply froze. Windows Update wouldn't work properly either.In short, either your computer is messed up and needs a nice nuking and reinstall, or you'er just blatantly lying.

    Speaking of trolls, maybe your friend shouldn't have use a hammer to update his drivers. I would bet my left nut that it wasn't the drivers that caused those problems. Most likely he was looking at dodgy sites and contracted malware.
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    RyQril , January 21, 2013 6:37 PM
    just updated the driver, anyone noticed that some of list options been removed? cant find the update software option
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    A Bad Day , January 21, 2013 6:49 PM
    iam2thecroweFixes them a bit, but there is still too much time spend beyond 50ms in borderlands 2. I was really put off that AMD could let that happen with the stuttering and it was driver related, and that somehow it wasnt picked up by anyone but Techreport......if it wasnt for them testing cards by frame latency, would they have even fixed it? strange how Toms isnt aware of these stuttering issues...... maybe they should look into testing methods and fix that.


    The stuttering with the 13.2 driver is only barely greater than Nividia's GTX gpu.

    I think AMD and Nivida still has a long way to go though.
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    rpmrush , January 21, 2013 7:02 PM
    Sadly I have a Sapphire 7950. Gonna give it more time before I try 13.2 beta due to TR's findings.
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    Cy-Kill , January 21, 2013 7:27 PM
    When the hell are those of us who are still on the HD 4000 series going to get a new driver, I know my card is in legacy support, but I remember AMD saying we'd get a new driver approx. every 3 months or so, it's been just over 7 months since 12.6....
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    frank_drebin , January 21, 2013 8:31 PM
    I used to be a ATI fan. But finally i got tired of Radeon heat and noise and switched to Nvidia ti560. now its quiet and cool. so sadly i don't care anymore about AMD driver updates ...
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    digitalwitchcraft , January 21, 2013 10:04 PM
    better late than never.
    awesome speed increases
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