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Benchmark Results: F1 2010 (DX11)

AMD's Radeon HD 5870: Before And After A Year Of Driver Updates
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1680x1050
No AA
1680x1050
8x AA
1920x1080
No AA
1920x1080
8x AA
2560x1600
No AA
2560x1600
8x AA
Percent Gain
from 10.3 to 11.1
-0.36%
0.27%
0.46%
0.89%
0.60%
41.65%


Overall, there is no performance improvement once you move beyond Catalyst 10.3. Again, we'd need to expect results like these given the relative newness of F1 and the fact that AMD wouldn't have been adding optimizations for it ahead of the title's release.

The exception to this trend is still 2560x1600 with 8x AA. At this setting, we see close to a 20% drop in performance when we move to 10.3. With 10.8, there is another small drop, but by the time you look at 11.1, there is a 6% total increase from Catalyst 9.10.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Before you're blown away by the gain in performance from 9.10 to 11.1, I need to explain why this occurs. F1 suffers a quality error when we benchmark in Catalyst 9.10. The metric runs successfully, and technically you can still play the game. However, the on-screen corruption doesn't allow us to make an apples-to-apples comparison. Once you toss the Catalyst 9.10 numbers out, the results are less impressive. Only the highest quality setting on the highest resolution offers an impressive 41% improvement.

As with Lost Planet, results like this should be expected. F1 2010 emerged almost a year after AMD’s Radeon HD 5870. The fact that one of the earliest driver packages doesn’t properly support the game is hardly surprising. However, it’s worth noting that if you’re not diligent about updating drivers, these are the results you can anticipate. If anything, getting current helps ensure any potential visual corruption in the latest games can be addressed through new software.

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