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AMD Catalyst Beta Driver with Mantle Support Delayed

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Oh no... Not again...

Yesterday we reported that AMD was going to release the Catalyst 14.1 Beta driver was due Thursday, however, it never came. This is among one of the more exciting driver releases from AMD, since it is set to bring support for the Mantle API.

The Mantle API is an API that is set to compete with DirectX, and should allow for notably higher performance numbers than DirectX systems. The catch is that you need a GCN-based GPU from AMD, and that the game developer needs to actually implement the technology. So far only Battlefield 4 and Star Citizen support Mantle but other developers are adopting the API, too. DICE has already rolled out its latest patch for Battlefield 4 with support for Mantle, but the necessary drivers are missing.

Sadly, it seems that prior to the release the driver team from AMD found a bug in the driver, and they have had to hold off on the release. We can reportedly expect an update on AMD's progress this afternoon (EST). AMD is also going to first give the press 24 hours to evaluate the drivers before going through with a public release. Because of this, AMD will likely have to label it Catalyst 14.2 Beta, rather than 14.1 Beta, as the calendars will have flipped over to February by then.

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    Nighty , January 31, 2014 7:35 AM
    Lol , this is the first time I actually realise that they name their drivers by year:month :p  .
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    Lessthannil , January 31, 2014 7:35 AM
    Soon™
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    Nighty , January 31, 2014 7:35 AM
    Lol , this is the first time I actually realise that they name their drivers by year:month :p  .
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    heero yuy , January 31, 2014 7:46 AM
    I don't see any issue with thiswould you rather they release a buggy set of drivers that breaks everything and just causes havoc or would you rather wait a bit and get a non buggy set of drivers?
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    deadbc77 , January 31, 2014 7:51 AM
    My R9 290X will have to wait.No biggie.
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    tristangl , January 31, 2014 8:06 AM
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    Lol , this is the first time I actually realise that they name their drivers by year:month :p  .
    Wow same for me lol
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    Mousemonkey , January 31, 2014 8:12 AM
    I wonder if this new driver will allow me to fold and watch telly at the same time with my 7790?
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    blacklex , January 31, 2014 8:34 AM
    I thought that there were more games coming out with mantle such as thief and a few others.
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    Mousemonkey , January 31, 2014 8:37 AM
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    I thought that there were more games coming out with mantle such as thief and a few others.


    That's the rumour.
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    dotaloc , January 31, 2014 9:44 AM
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    I wonder if this new driver will allow me to fold and watch telly at the same time with my 7790?
    i don't fold, but i'd imagine you could just set a lower priority to threading and a higher priority to whatever you use to watch?
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    Mousemonkey , January 31, 2014 9:48 AM
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    I wonder if this new driver will allow me to fold and watch telly at the same time with my 7790?
    i don't fold, but i'd imagine you could just set a lower priority to threading and a higher priority to whatever you use to watch?


    Trust me when I say that this is not my first rodeo and it doesn't work. An AMD card cannot fold whilst the TV software is running but an Nvidia card can (a 560Ti in this case).
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    mstngs351 , January 31, 2014 9:51 AM
    This whole thing does make think of all the folks who said that Mantles delays were all because of Dice...Hopefully Star Citizen won't be the next game to support mantle. I mean it's not even fully funded and over a year away from a fullish launch. Factor in the seemingly inevitable delays... :( 
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    childofthekorn , January 31, 2014 9:57 AM
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    This whole thing does make think of all the folks who said that Mantles delays were all because of Dice...Hopefully Star Citizen won't be the next game to support mantle. I mean it's not even fully funded and over a year away from a fullish launch. Factor in the seemingly inevitable delays... :( 
    Robert Space Industries already announced they support, and utilize, mantle...they were literally next in line from Dice to announce support for Mantle. They've far surpassed the money raised to create star citizen, and have added features to the development cycle because the community pitched so much money to them.
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    Mousemonkey , January 31, 2014 9:59 AM
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    This whole thing does make think of all the folks who said that Mantles delays were all because of Dice...Hopefully Star Citizen won't be the next game to support mantle. I mean it's not even fully funded and over a year away from a fullish launch. Factor in the seemingly inevitable delays... :( 
    Robert Space Industries already announced they support, and utilize, mantle...they were literally next in line from Dice to announce support for Mantle. They've far surpassed the money raised to create star citizen, and have added features to the development cycle because the community pitched so much money to them.


    So have they published a release date?
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    childofthekorn , January 31, 2014 9:59 AM
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    I wonder if this new driver will allow me to fold and watch telly at the same time with my 7790?
    i don't fold, but i'd imagine you could just set a lower priority to threading and a higher priority to whatever you use to watch?
    Trust me when I say that this is not my first rodeo and it doesn't work. An AMD card cannot fold whilst the TV software is running but an Nvidia card can (a 560Ti in this case).
    The 7790 and the 560Ti are in different leagues all together...if he mentioned a 7870 I could see your comparison of overall brand functionality.
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    Mousemonkey , January 31, 2014 10:02 AM
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    I wonder if this new driver will allow me to fold and watch telly at the same time with my 7790?
    i don't fold, but i'd imagine you could just set a lower priority to threading and a higher priority to whatever you use to watch?
    Trust me when I say that this is not my first rodeo and it doesn't work. An AMD card cannot fold whilst the TV software is running but an Nvidia card can (a 560Ti in this case).
    The 7790 and the 560Ti are in different leagues all together...if he mentioned a 7870 I could see your comparison of overall brand functionality.


    How so when it comes to folding?
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    childofthekorn , January 31, 2014 11:19 AM
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    This whole thing does make think of all the folks who said that Mantles delays were all because of Dice...Hopefully Star Citizen won't be the next game to support mantle. I mean it's not even fully funded and over a year away from a fullish launch. Factor in the seemingly inevitable delays... :( 
    Robert Space Industries already announced they support, and utilize, mantle...they were literally next in line from Dice to announce support for Mantle. They've far surpassed the money raised to create star citizen, and have added features to the development cycle because the community pitched so much money to them.
    So have they published a release date?
    No, they have not. But as to your original post, "Hopefully Star Citizen won't be the next game to support mantle." they've already announced they support mantle.
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    Mousemonkey , January 31, 2014 11:26 AM
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    This whole thing does make think of all the folks who said that Mantles delays were all because of Dice...Hopefully Star Citizen won't be the next game to support mantle. I mean it's not even fully funded and over a year away from a fullish launch. Factor in the seemingly inevitable delays... :( 


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    This whole thing does make think of all the folks who said that Mantles delays were all because of Dice...Hopefully Star Citizen won't be the next game to support mantle. I mean it's not even fully funded and over a year away from a fullish launch. Factor in the seemingly inevitable delays... :( 
    Robert Space Industries already announced they support, and utilize, mantle...they were literally next in line from Dice to announce support for Mantle. They've far surpassed the money raised to create star citizen, and have added features to the development cycle because the community pitched so much money to them.
    So have they published a release date?
    No, they have not. But as to your original post, "Hopefully Star Citizen won't be the next game to support mantle." they've already announced they support mantle.


    So had DICE and look how that's turning out! :lol: 

    Just admit that mstngs351 made a valid point and stop being an arse.
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    childofthekorn , January 31, 2014 11:42 AM
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    I wonder if this new driver will allow me to fold and watch telly at the same time with my 7790?
    i don't fold, but i'd imagine you could just set a lower priority to threading and a higher priority to whatever you use to watch?
    Trust me when I say that this is not my first rodeo and it doesn't work. An AMD card cannot fold whilst the TV software is running but an Nvidia card can (a 560Ti in this case).
    The 7790 and the 560Ti are in different leagues all together...if he mentioned a 7870 I could see your comparison of overall brand functionality.
    How so when it comes to folding?
    I have limited knowledge of running folding@home. I know its GPU intensive, are you suggesting that ANY AMD Card ("An AMD card cannot fold whilst the TV software is running") would be unable to multitask including other low end AMD cards?
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    childofthekorn , January 31, 2014 11:48 AM
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    This whole thing does make think of all the folks who said that Mantles delays were all because of Dice...Hopefully Star Citizen won't be the next game to support mantle. I mean it's not even fully funded and over a year away from a fullish launch. Factor in the seemingly inevitable delays... :( 
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    This whole thing does make think of all the folks who said that Mantles delays were all because of Dice...Hopefully Star Citizen won't be the next game to support mantle. I mean it's not even fully funded and over a year away from a fullish launch. Factor in the seemingly inevitable delays... :( 
    Robert Space Industries already announced they support, and utilize, mantle...they were literally next in line from Dice to announce support for Mantle. They've far surpassed the money raised to create star citizen, and have added features to the development cycle because the community pitched so much money to them.
    So have they published a release date?
    No, they have not. But as to your original post, "Hopefully Star Citizen won't be the next game to support mantle." they've already announced they support mantle.
    So had DICE and look how that's turning out! :lol: Just admit that mstngs351 made a valid point and stop being an arse.
    Fresh new tech running into complications at launch? Never heard of that before. How is stating that he hopes Robert Space Industries does not support mantle, when they announced they do, a valid point? Furthermore, the tech is still fresh, I'm not expecting it to cause every GPU/CPU to be faster than every one of their competitors products, but free performance is something we should be touting as a good move on a companies behalf. Also its not like the game cannot be played without Mantle, its just another piece of arsenal a consumer can utilize, sometime in the near future of course. They attempt to utilize new tech for gamers, bash them. They are a month late, bash them. When its released and someone gets a boost, albeit lower end consumers, bash them. And I'm the one being an "arse"?
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    slimething , January 31, 2014 11:57 AM
    Now this is confusing:http://wccftech.com/amd-confirms-mantle-catalyst-driver-delay-labeled-142-beta-gpus-support/Mantle Catalyst Driver Supports All GCN Based ProductsUpdate – AMD has just updated through twitter that their upcoming driver would support and enable mantle for all existing and upcoming GCN based products. AMD also assures further optimization with future released of the catalyst driver. The Mantle Catalyst driver 14.2 BETA will initially feature support for only four GPUs at launch which include the Radeon R9 290X, Radeon R9 290, Radeon R7 260X and the Radeon R7 200 series integrated Kaveri APUs. Kaveri looks more interesting since we have seen upto 50% performance improvement with the Radeon R7 260X and A10-7850K in the official benchmarks. Ofcourse, the press would be able to review the driver release early on and would be given an exclusive 24 hour period to evaluate the features and performance of the 14.2 BETA drivers before they are publicly released.
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