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AMD Finally Finishes Mantle Drivers, Will Be Available Soon

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And they're almost ready for download! Almost.

It took longer than expected, but AMD has finally finished tweaking its Catalyst 14.1 beta drivers. These were originally due yesterday, at the same time as the Battlefield 4 patch but were unexpectedly delayed. Considering the drivers are needed for users to see any optimizations from Mantle, a delay was pretty disappointing.

 
The good news is that the guys at AMD have finally gotten the driver finished. Last night, the company said it encountered a bug at the last minute and had to delay. AMD said it would give the press 24 hours to evaluate the drivers before pushing forward with a public release. About half an hour ago, AMD sent us the drivers for our own performance evaluations. Though the email didn’t say when we the public release would be, AMD promised to keep us posted.

If everything goes well, hopefully you’ll be able to download Catalyst 14.1 beta this weekend and get your first look at Mantle. If not… Well, we hear there’s a football game you could tune in to on Sunday. That might help pass the time.

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    FloKid , January 31, 2014 4:42 PM
    Now all we need is for OpenGL and DX to go multithreaded also.
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    Casper Larsen , January 31, 2014 4:55 PM
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    From what i've seen. Mantle is not what i expected it to be. For people who have already powerful cpus, mantle isn't going to benefit them. Kinda sad since i bought a 7870(and put into my steam machine) to try it out. It benefits crossfire, and anemic cpu's.


    And we haven't see how many developers are going to take advantage.

    We are still in wait and see mode. I said this to everybody who is always saying that people should change to either AMD or Intel based on a new soon to be released new tech, software or whatever.

    We are terrible at predicting and producers always overestimate the effects.
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    hakesterman , January 31, 2014 5:04 PM
    @Djentleman - Obviously you haven't seen anything or know anything so your commenting on your own hypothetical theory, Nice.
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    chumly , January 31, 2014 5:11 PM
    Now HERE is an article on the subject (with actual information on the subject):http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/01/amd-almost-rolls-out-mantle-its-high-performance-alternative-to-direct3d-and-opengl/
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    chumly , January 31, 2014 5:13 PM
    And here is another article with actual numbers on it: http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf4/news/view/bf4-mantle-live/
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    derpderpderp , January 31, 2014 5:18 PM
    Why the hate? Jealous that it took AMD 1-2 years to make versus 30 years from Microsoft? Ummm its FREE and the gains are amazing! As it matures it will get better!
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    Camikazi , January 31, 2014 5:41 PM
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    Why the hate? Jealous that it took AMD 1-2 years to make versus 30 years from Microsoft? Ummm its FREE and the gains are amazing! As it matures it will get better!
    MS and the OpenGL group worked from the infancy of computer gaming to make their APIs, AMD pretty much just took their hard worked for knowledge and ran with it with some improvements. Improvements that would have probably shown up in DX and OpenGL anyway. It's the same with every startup, most of them take what others have created from the ground up and jump up from that level, once the ground work is laid it gets easier if you are creative enough. It's not wrong or bad but you make it seem as if any company could have made Mantle 30 years ago even though it was completely impossible to do.
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    mstngs351 , January 31, 2014 5:50 PM
    Quote:
    Now HERE is an article on the subject (with actual information on the subject):http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/01/amd-almost-rolls-out-mantle-its-high-performance-alternative-to-direct3d-and-opengl/
    You mean actual numbers from AMD/Dice? Toms has already covered that info and considering it's from the people developing it... well it means little. "Until independent testing can take place—which won't happen until the driver is finally made available - the benefits of Mantle are uncertain..."
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    childofthekorn , January 31, 2014 6:00 PM
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    And here is another article with actual numbers on it: http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf4/news/view/bf4-mantle-live/
    Thanks for the link. I'm actually surprised at how it affects the 8350 + 7970 with the given statement about how its only for entry CPU's and restricted to r7/r9 the toms posted a few days ago. I think i'm even more of a fanboy of Mantle now than just interested to see what it can bring to the table.
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    Djentleman , January 31, 2014 6:04 PM
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    @Djentleman - Obviously you haven't seen anything or know anything so your commenting on your own hypothetical theory, Nice.


    What are you talking about? Go check the battlelog, and look up 'mantle'.
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    Djentleman , January 31, 2014 6:05 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    From what i've seen. Mantle is not what i expected it to be. For people who have already powerful cpus, mantle isn't going to benefit them. Kinda sad since i bought a 7870(and put into my steam machine) to try it out. It benefits crossfire, and anemic cpu's.


    And we haven't see how many developers are going to take advantage.

    We are still in wait and see mode. I said this to everybody who is always saying that people should change to either AMD or Intel based on a new soon to be released new tech, software or whatever.

    We are terrible at predicting and producers always overestimate the effects.

    Mantle did what it said it was. Lower cpu overhead. there isn't much else to see.
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    Alec Mowat , January 31, 2014 6:17 PM
    There are some pretty weak anti-Mantle arguements on the Battlefield benchmarks forum, like "Why did I have to download this?"
    Come'on, the patch just enabled Mantle. It was already in the game.
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    Djentleman , January 31, 2014 6:20 PM
    @Alec Yeah, the forum is full of babies.
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    childofthekorn , January 31, 2014 6:26 PM
    Quote:
    And here is another article with actual numbers on it: http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf4/news/view/bf4-mantle-live/
    Thanks for the link. I'm actually surprised at how it affects the 8350 + 7970 with the given statement about how its only for entry CPU's and restricted to r7/r9 the toms posted a few days ago. I think i'm even more of a fanboy of Mantle now than just interested to see what it can bring to the table.
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    dcdcchris , January 31, 2014 6:29 PM
    How about you hook us up with those drivers, I'll tell you how well it works ....
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    childofthekorn , January 31, 2014 6:32 PM
    Quote:
    And here is another article with actual numbers on it: http://battlelog.battlefield.com/bf4/news/view/bf4-mantle-live/
    Thanks for the link. I'm actually surprised at how it affects the 8350 + 7970 with the given statement about how its only for entry CPU's and restricted to r7/r9 the toms posted a few days ago. I think i'm even more of a fanboy of Mantle now than just interested to see what it can bring to the table.
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    jin_mtvt , January 31, 2014 6:33 PM
    Djentleman : wow talk about being shortminded. And just what do you believe having a lower cpu overhead will lead too ? Well Guess ...i won't tell you ... Are you guys seriously judging a new API on its first driver , title and GPUs ???how ridiculous are you ? Be patient, let the PRO's do their work ..if it already shows some improvement( remember how maybe bashers were "hoping" it would only get a few % ) it will be tuned for even more in the future. Think SMART , think S-MART . Ah yeah and also, if u can't think of any other important improvement than FPS well ....
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    Casper Larsen , January 31, 2014 6:34 PM
    Quote:
    Why the hate? Jealous that it took AMD 1-2 years to make versus 30 years from Microsoft? Ummm its FREE and the gains are amazing! As it matures it will get better!


    Who is hating? Some of us are just saying that we should make sweeping statements about how awesome something is before anybody gets to try it.
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    dcdcchris , January 31, 2014 6:39 PM
    Leak it! Leak it! Leak it!
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