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Nvidia and AMD Release New Beta Graphics Drivers

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AMD has released its 13.10 Beta2 driver, and Nvidia has released its 331.40 Beta driver, both with optimizations for the Battlefield 4 beta.

Both AMD and Nvidia have released new graphics drivers, with AMD releasing a Beta2 driver and Nvidia releasing a Beta driver.

The release notes below apply to the 13.10 Beta2 driver from AMD:

  • AMD Catalyst 13.10 Beta2 includes all of the features/fixes found in AMD Catalyst 13.10 Beta
  • Includes a 32-bit single GPU, and an AMD Crossfire game profile for Battlefield 4
  • Total War: Rome 2 AMD CrossFire profile update
  • AMD CrossFire frame pacing improvements for CPU-bound applications
  • Resolves image corruption seen in Autodesk Inventor 2014
  • Resolves intermittent black screen when resuming from an S3/S4 sleep-state if the display is unplugged during the sleep-state on systems supporting AMD Enduro technology
  • Updated AMD Enduro technology application profiles for AMD Radeon HD notebook users

Profile Highlights:

  • Total War: Rome 2
  • Battlefield 4
  • Saints Row 4
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist
  • FIFA 14
The Nvidia driver has a couple more new features. The driver is called a 'must' for owners of Nvidia graphics cards who will be playing the Battlefield 4 Beta. The driver also comes with the new HBAO+, which makes part of the Ambient Occlusion feature. This should make the ambient occlusion noticeably higher in quality. Pasted below is the list of updated SLI profiles:

  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag – Updated Profile 
  • Batman: Arkham Origins – Updated SLI Profile 
  • Battlefield 3 – Updated Surround Profile 
  • Battlefield 4 – Updated Surround Profile, Added SLI Profile 
  • Crisis – Added SLI Profile Crysis 3 – Added AO Profile 
  • Dirty Bomb – Added DX9 SLI Profile 
  • Dying Light – Added DX11 SLI Profile F1 2013 – Updated SLI Profile  
  • FIFA 14 – Added SLI Profile, Added AO Profile, Added 3D Vision Profile (Rated "Good") 
  • Natural Selection 2 – Added DX11 SLI Profile 
  • Outlast – Added DX9 SLI Profile Space 
  • Hulk – Updated Profile 
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist – Updated SLI Profile 
  • State of Decay – Added DX9 SLI Profile 
  • Urban Trial Freestyle - Added 3D Vision Profile (Rated "Good") 
  • Watch Dogs – Added DX11 SLI Profile
The AMD 13.10 Beta2 driver can be downloaded here, and the Nvidia 331.40 Beta driver can be downloaded here.
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    slomo4sho , October 1, 2013 4:21 PM
    Both in time for BF4 open beta :) 

    Preliminary beta benchmarks are out:




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    Cons29 , October 1, 2013 4:21 PM
    wonder if this is worth it. i tried the beta, i can get 60+ but it dips -+20, dang
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    frillybob101 , October 1, 2013 6:17 PM
    Still didn't work for me my game freezes when I join a server
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    David Rush , October 1, 2013 6:19 PM
    Wow! I'm impressed with AMD's latest beta thus far. Far Cry 3 almost fully maxed 60+ fps without all the crap I was experiencing with their last beta with my OC'd 7950
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    David Rush , October 1, 2013 6:22 PM
    Wow! I'm impressed with AMD's latest beta thus far. Far Cry 3 almost fully maxed 60+ fps without all the crap I was experiencing with their last beta with my OC'd 7950
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    m32 , October 1, 2013 7:46 PM
    See.. AMD doesn't make other card makers suck for the games they support. [cough..... Metro Last Light..... cough]
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    SteelCity1981 , October 1, 2013 9:22 PM
    they need to their mobility 13.9 drivers gives me black screens yet 12.4 or 13.10 doesn't. a lot of people are having issues with their 13.9 mobility drivers.
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    Teeroy32 , October 1, 2013 10:20 PM
    This could solve my issues I had last night trying to play BF4, it was it was jumping from smooth to laggy as hell, you would think a 680 gtx would make that game play crystal smooth. Downloading now, will try again tonight, see if I can actually shoot some one instead of being owned.
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    PadaV4 , October 1, 2013 10:55 PM
    Still no complete frame pacing patch from AMD.
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    ddpruitt , October 2, 2013 4:31 AM
    I would be excited but with all of EA's bending over backwards to screw us over the last year I'm boycotting BF4 and any other upcoming EA releases.
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    Mousemonkey , October 2, 2013 5:11 AM
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    they need to their mobility 13.9 drivers gives me black screens yet 12.4 or 13.10 doesn't. a lot of people are having issues with their 13.9 mobility drivers.


    Its not just the mobility drivers, I get black screens with their desktop drivers.
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    therogerwilco , October 2, 2013 5:25 AM
    I tried the BF4 beta last night, worst experience with a game constantly crashing in YEARS. The Direct X error even said "your code is bad" literally... lol
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    heero yuy , October 2, 2013 5:44 AM
    See.. AMD doesn't make other card makers suck for the games they support. [cough..... Metro Last Light..... cough]

    this is refrence to NVidia making metro LL suck on AMD cards btw not the other way around
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    expl0itfinder , October 2, 2013 5:54 AM
    Great to see the quick updates, the stuttering in the BF4 beta makes it borderline unplayable.
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    therogerwilco , October 2, 2013 6:35 AM
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    Great to see the quick updates, the stuttering in the BF4 beta makes it borderline unplayable.


    If you turn the top antialiasing option to low, turn the ones below to off, post processing to off, and ambient occlusion to off, the stuttering goes away.

    I'm thinking it has to do with particle effects and the AA/AO.. just a guess, but the fog and smoke was the only thing that REALLY ticked off my setup. ((2)gtx570's oc'd in sli w/i7-2600k@4.8)
    But of course this is all besides the 'direct x device hung because of your crappy code' error
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    fyend , October 2, 2013 8:19 AM
    BF4 beta is smooth as butter on my 7870. BF4 beta has DX error crashes on my other PC with a 560 ti. Comps are identical apart from the vid cards.
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    slomo4sho , October 2, 2013 9:23 AM
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    BF4 beta is smooth as butter on my 7870. BF4 beta has DX error crashes on my other PC with a 560 ti. Comps are identical apart from the vid cards.


    There appears to be an issue with Nvidia cards when tabbing out of the game. Are you running the beta drivers on both systems?
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    jwhitt , October 2, 2013 9:47 AM
    Im running a GTX 570 and am having issues when tabbing out of a game
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    iamtheking123 , October 2, 2013 11:47 AM
    The beta NV drivers seem to definitely be "beta". I'm now getting random "driver has stopped" crashes while watching Netflix and can't get fullscreen to work in BF4 above 60 Hz. It did fix the framerate issues with BF4 though.