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AMD Working on Drivers to Fix Micro-Stutter in CrossFire

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AMD has tweeted that it is working on drivers that should fix the micro-stutter problems experienced on systems with multi-GPU setups.

AMD announced through its Radeon Twitter feed that it is working on better drivers that will improve CrossFire performance, with particular attention to frame latency issues. AMD calls this frame pacing. Supposedly, the driver will be available on or around July 31, 2013.

While this driver release might not be that exciting to single-GPU users, it is something over which users with multi-GPU setups should get passionately excited. The reason for this is that over the last couple of years, problems with frame latency in AMD Radeon CrossFire systems have gotten increasingly apparent and have been quite bothersome.

The problem in question doesn't have a scientific name, though the term "Micro-Stutter" is widely accepted. The problem is that while a multi-GPU system may pump out, say 40 FPS in a particular game, the frames do not come out with consistent timing between each other, thus appearing as if a much lower frame rate is being produced. Many benchmarking procedures now include frame latency testing, sometimes putting as much, if not more, emphasis on the topic of frame latency as actual FPS performance.

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    frillybob101 , June 24, 2013 4:15 PM
    Old news but thanks anyway!
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    teh_chem , June 24, 2013 4:21 PM
    Only about a decade late. :) 
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    bhaberle , June 24, 2013 4:40 PM
    Does this effect dual cards like the 6990?
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    Spooderman , June 24, 2013 4:59 PM
    I hope they actually do something with this. I love AMD, but they really need to fix their driver issues.
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    eklipz330 , June 24, 2013 5:23 PM
    this generation of cards is nearly 2 years old, and they FINALLY got around to fixing it. smh. better late than never i suppose. i pity amd fans that went the dual gpu route over nvidias.
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    faster23rd , June 24, 2013 5:53 PM
    I wonder how this would affect mid-level cards on CrossfireX, like those CFX-ed 7770s in Youtube vids.
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    ibn gozzy , June 24, 2013 5:54 PM
    TOOO Late! I finally got sick of trying to run a tri-fire system (5970+5879) smoothly on tough titles. The tri-fire worked pretty well on games that didn't require lots of graphics muscle (Borderlands2 and Bioshock infinite) but on really demanding titles (Metro 2033 or last light or BF3, I had to disable it and just let the 5970 do all the work at high quality but no eye candy (low AA and AF). It almost seemed more of a gimmick with AMD cards and less functional. So now I have 2 NVIDIA GTX 780s in SLI and I'll never go back. BTW the AMD cards were H2O cooled but not overclocked cuz that seemed to make the stuttering worse. Can't wait to void the warranty on those 780s though.
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    faster23rd , June 24, 2013 6:01 PM
    I wonder how this would affect mid-level cards on CrossfireX, like those CFX-ed 7770s in Youtube vids.
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    smeezekitty , June 24, 2013 6:25 PM
    About time.

    BTW the comment up/down votes do not work AT ALL now
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    brandonjclark , June 24, 2013 6:27 PM
    Built-in dual GPU's don't exhibit micro-stutter. So, in the case of the 6990 and the like, no. Crossfire performance is still expected to increase, however. As a dual 6870 user, this is LONG overdue.
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    smeezekitty , June 24, 2013 6:30 PM
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    Built-in dual GPU's don't exhibit micro-stutter. So, in the case of the 6990 and the like, no. Crossfire performance is still expected to increase, however. As a dual 6870 user, this is LONG overdue.

    Actually I think they do have MS to some extent even on a single dual-gpu card.
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    gsxrme , June 24, 2013 6:56 PM
    This is why i buy Nvidia and pay more
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    nebun , June 24, 2013 7:25 PM
    what's been taking them so long to address this issue?....this has been happening for a very long time
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    knoe , June 24, 2013 9:01 PM
    Awesome! Now fix the issue with the Audio not working through the HDMI!
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    wh3resmycar , June 24, 2013 10:06 PM
    uhm the "never stutter" bundle.
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    thasan1 , June 24, 2013 10:15 PM
    why cant you also fix your sites commenting system? AMD is fising their driver issues, now you should fix your site issues.
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    renz496 , June 24, 2013 10:42 PM
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    Built-in dual GPU's don't exhibit micro-stutter. So, in the case of the 6990 and the like, no. Crossfire performance is still expected to increase, however. As a dual 6870 user, this is LONG overdue.


    Why not? Dual gpu still work exactly two separate cards in sli or cf. Also this fix most likely for 7k users. So non 7k users don't put too high expectation the fix will include their card
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    Hunter_Killers , June 24, 2013 11:11 PM
    Quote:
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    Built-in dual GPU's don't exhibit micro-stutter. So, in the case of the 6990 and the like, no. Crossfire performance is still expected to increase, however. As a dual 6870 user, this is LONG overdue.


    Why not? Dual gpu still work exactly two separate cards in sli or cf. Also this fix most likely for 7k users. So non 7k users don't put too high expectation the fix will include their card


    They stated on twitter that it applies to that card. Also lol the replies on that twitter post.
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    csf60 , June 24, 2013 11:38 PM
    Great news
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    iam2thecrowe , June 25, 2013 2:38 AM
    Quote:
    Built-in dual GPU's don't exhibit micro-stutter. So, in the case of the 6990 and the like, no. Crossfire performance is still expected to increase, however. As a dual 6870 user, this is LONG overdue.


    wrong, dual gpu cards do experience micro-stutter exactly the same as 2 separate cards do. So in the case of the 6990, yes it does have micro-stutter. As a former 6850 crossfire user i'm so glad i sold them a month after i got the second one, would have had to wait all this time for a "maybe" fix, even now i have my doubts as this has been noted since they first introduced crossfire. Will not buy another one of their cards. Nvidia seem to be very prompt to fix any issues with their drivers, although there are rarely any problems with them.
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