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AMD Releases Catalyst 13.1 Drivers

AMD has released its first new driver suite this year, the Catalyst 13.1 WHQL driver set. As we are used to seeing from driver improvements, the new 13.1 drivers feature a number of performance improvements, focused on the HD7000 series graphics cards. All of the performance improvements found in the 12.11 Beta drivers are featured in the 13.1 driver suite. Performance improvement numbers below are respective to the performance from Catalyst 12.10.

Performance gains seen on the entire AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series:
All game were tested at high / extreme / ultra levels

  • Enhanced performance in Far Cry 3 (up to 25% with 8xMSAA, SSAO enabled @ 1600p, and up to 15% with 8xMSAA, HDAO enabled @1600p) (AMD Catalyst 12.11 CAP2 must also be installed)
  • Enhanced AMD CrossFire scaling performance in Call of Duty Black Ops 2
  • Up to 10%-15% more performance in Battlefield 3 in most cases
  • Up to 7% more performance in Metro 2033
  • Up to 10% more performance in DiRT Showdown
  • Up to 8% more performance in Sleeping Dogs
  • Up to 12% more performance in Civilization V
  • Up to 10% more performance in StarCraft II
  • Up to 8% more performance in Sniper Elite: V2
  • Up to 5% more performance in Max Payne

AMD Catalyst Mobility 7970M performance for AMD Enduro technology supported platforms has been improved for DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications:

  • 3DMark 06: Up to 6%
  • 3DMark Vantage: Up to 15%
  • 3DMark 11: Up to 12%
  • AvP: Up to 11%
  • Battlefield 3: Up to 25%
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops: Up to 13%
  • Crysis 2: Up to 45%
  • DiRT Showdown: Up to 62%
  • ETQW: Up to 8%
  • Hard Reset: Up to 8%
  • Just Cause 2: Up to 90%
  • Mafia 2: Up to 40%
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Up to 4%
  • Shogun 2: Up to 56%
  • StarCraft 2: Up to 25%
  • Skyrim: Up to 45%
  • Sniper Elite V2: Up to 60%
  • Tom Clancy’s HAWX: Up to 56%
  • Unigine Heaven: Up to 33%
  • Wolfenstein: Up to 9%

For more information on the Catalyst 13.1 driver suite, head here.

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Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.