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AMD Releases New Preview Driver for Battlefield 3, Rage

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New Radeon HD drivers for your weekend gaming sessions.

A Battlefield 3 Testing Station at AMD in CanadaA Battlefield 3 Testing Station at AMD in Canada

UPDATE: AMD's now has version 3 of the preview driver for 11.10, now even better tweaked for Battlefield 3 and Rage:

AMD Catalyst 11.10 Version 3 Preview Driver Features:

  • Reduces random crashing and stability encountered when playing Rage on Windows® 7 32-bit edition
  • Reduces object / animation flickering and texture corruption encountered when playing Rage
  • Reduces stuttering seen on Dual CPU and Tri CPU core systems
  • Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on single GPU configurations using the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 series of products.
  • Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on AMD CrossFire™ configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 series of products.
  • Improves performance in Rage on single GPU configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000, AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series and AMD Radeon HD 4000 series of products.
  • Reduces intermittent crashing seen loading levels in Rage
  • Reduces flickering of NPCs in Rage
  • Enables automatic Vsync for Rage
  • Enables support for AMD Eyefinity 5x1 display (portrait and landscape) configurations  using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 series of products.
  • AMD Vision Engine Control Center: User Interface enhancements have been implemented for the AMD CrossfireX™, GPU AMD Overdrive™ and Information Center pages.

Get the version 3 drivers here.

Previous story:

Just in time for the weekend, AMD has unleashed an updated preview driver (version 2) of Catalyst 11.10.

Those playing the Battlefield 3 Open Beta or the newly released Rage with AMD Radeon HD 6000 and HD 5000 will like the features of this preview driver:

  • Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 series for single GPU configurations.
  • Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on AMD CrossFire™ configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 series of products.
  • Improves performance in Rage on single GPU and AMD CrossFire configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000, AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series and AMD Radeon HD 4000 series of products.
  • Resolves intermittent crashing seen loading levels in Rage
  • Resolves flickering of NPCs in Rage
  • Enables automatic Vsync for Rage
  • Enables support for AMD Eyefinity 5x1 display (portrait and landscape) configurations  using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 series of products.
  • AMD Vision Engine Control Center: User Interface enhancements have been implemented for the AMD CrossfireX™, GPU AMD Overdrive™ and Information Center pages.

Stay tuned for a new look at AMD Eyefinity 5x1.

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    AbdullahG , October 7, 2011 10:12 PM
    asdfkjlkjqopij-lolNice but i just got a mac book pro to update my pc from 5 years ago. Its faster and doesnt get viruses.

    Fail consumer/troll is fail :p 
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , October 7, 2011 11:39 PM
    asdfkjlkjqopij-lolNice but i just got a mac book pro to update my pc from 5 years ago. Its faster and doesnt get viruses.
    and cost you three times more than it should.
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    swiftor , October 7, 2011 9:40 PM
    Hopefully this fixes the hud glitches in eyefinity!
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    AbdullahG , October 7, 2011 9:52 PM
    I noticed that no AA didn't improve FPS for me. I hope to see a boost in FPS now.

    I have a feeling that someone or maybe more than just 1 person will complain about BD not being released yet. Oct. 12 is the official release date (Microcenter confirmed it and has the CPUs in stock, but not for sale; TigerDirect had a few combos up with the BD CPUs, but were taken down because BD is not to be listed on any site yet).
  • 17 Hide
    AbdullahG , October 7, 2011 10:12 PM
    asdfkjlkjqopij-lolNice but i just got a mac book pro to update my pc from 5 years ago. Its faster and doesnt get viruses.

    Fail consumer/troll is fail :p 
  • 6 Hide
    Anonymous , October 7, 2011 10:19 PM
    This was out a few days ago.
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    Anonymous , October 7, 2011 10:57 PM
    No stuttering fix?
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    lradunovic77 , October 7, 2011 11:39 PM
    Still their drivers suck. I got CrossfireX HD6970 and in most cases i am running single card, cause of negative Crossfire performance in lot of games. I wish Tomshardware next time they do video card review point out real issues. Fifa 2012 -> broken, Dungeon Siege III -> broken, Homefront -> acts weird crossfirex works and it doesn't. F1 2011 -> broken. The thing is you can't make these games run ok unless you manually disable CrossfireX. HD6xxx or any ATI card in past was my worst purchase ever. I always think based on review that they got their shit together but reality is they are still pile of crap. Good hardware but software makes not worth a low end GTX240. It blows! Maybe sounds like rant but i am frustrated and pissed of things people get mislead. AMD/ATI joke company is still fixing some old games. Speaking of any new game...good luck getting it working propertly in the next 6 months. Just like i did with HD5870, these are going to garbage, i mean literally cause i don't want anyone else suffer.

    Hello GTX580!
  • 15 Hide
    RADIO_ACTIVE , October 7, 2011 11:39 PM
    asdfkjlkjqopij-lolNice but i just got a mac book pro to update my pc from 5 years ago. Its faster and doesnt get viruses.
    and cost you three times more than it should.
  • 4 Hide
    BlackHawk91 , October 8, 2011 12:00 AM
    *Me reading the title*:
    "AMD Releases New Preview...." YES,YES, YES "Driver for Battlefield 3, Rage" Fuuuuuuuuu
  • 1 Hide
    tuch92 , October 8, 2011 12:17 AM
    Just out of curiosity when would you use a 5x1 configuration in portrait mode?
  • 0 Hide
    AbdullahG , October 8, 2011 12:19 AM
    lradunovic77Still their drivers suck. I got CrossfireX HD6970 and in most cases i am running single card, cause of negative Crossfire performance in lot of games. I wish Tomshardware next time they do video card review point out real issues. Fifa 2012 -> broken, Dungeon Siege III -> broken, Homefront -> acts weird crossfirex works and it doesn't. F1 2011 -> broken. The thing is you can't make these games run ok unless you manually disable CrossfireX. HD6xxx or any ATI card in past was my worst purchase ever. I always think based on review that they got their shit together but reality is they are still pile of crap. Good hardware but software makes not worth a low end GTX240. It blows! Maybe sounds like rant but i am frustrated and pissed of things people get mislead. AMD/ATI joke company is still fixing some old games. Speaking of any new game...good luck getting it working propertly in the next 6 months. Just like i did with HD5870, these are going to garbage, i mean literally cause i don't want anyone else suffer. Hello GTX580!


    I haven't had an issue with CrossFire at all. I bought a second HD 6750 for a mid-end gaming PC and it works fine for me. No issues at all, though I feel as though there are issues will installation (keep getting an error message since one program doesn't install; might already have it installed though). Be glad your paying for a new arch from the HD 5000 series to the HD 6000 series (though the drivers need bit of work). At least they didn't do what Nvidia did: rebrand their GTX 400 Thermi series to the GTX 500 series.
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    fightingslu , October 8, 2011 1:00 AM
    I'm curious to hear from any rage owners if this helped with the performance at all- seems like it would be a worthwhile game if it would run well
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    acadia11 , October 8, 2011 1:21 AM
    Didn't we already agree that AMD can't announce anything other than Bulldozer.
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    Ragnar-Kon , October 8, 2011 1:29 AM
    fightingsluI'm curious to hear from any rage owners if this helped with the performance at all- seems like it would be a worthwhile game if it would run well

    Still runs like poo. Well okay, it runs well as long as it is running. Game frequently crashes for me though. I can't tell you if it is just a bug in the game, or if it is a driver issue, as it just quits with no error message.

    Battlefield 3, on the other hand.... significantly better performance (5-10fps) over the previous preview driver.

    Radeon HD 6870, by the way.
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    soky602 , October 8, 2011 2:11 AM
    BlackHawk91*Me reading the title*:"AMD Releases New Preview...." YES,YES, YES "Driver for Battlefield 3, Rage" Fuuuuuuuuu
    I was actually thinking the same thing.
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    AbdullahG , October 8, 2011 2:34 AM
    acadia11Didn't we already agree that AMD can't announce anything other than Bulldozer.

    No.
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    Anonymous , October 8, 2011 5:24 AM
    Awesome! Good to see performance enhancements for those of us still sporting 4000 series GPU's.
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    ojas , October 8, 2011 9:07 AM
    asdfkjlkjqopij-lolNice but i just got a mac book pro to update my pc from 5 years ago. Its faster and doesnt get viruses.


    And you obviously cant play crysis...
    or wait, make that battlefield 3 now...
    i somehow doubt you even get 30 fps on portal 2...

    btw no viruses but it can get hacked "like a boss"...
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    Anonymous , October 8, 2011 12:05 PM
    AMD driver fix doesn't work for Radeon 4870.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zYV0NRyXPs
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    reggieray , October 8, 2011 2:02 PM
    Direct X is used for these games, right? Why do they not follow the console model and have the Direct X API for PC video cards be standard across the board then the game would have to conform to the driver instead of this never ending custom driver crap.
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