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Nvidia and AMD Release New Beta Graphics Drivers

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.

Niels Broekhuijsen
Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • slomo4sho
    Both in time for BF4 open beta :)

    Preliminary beta benchmarks are out:


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  • Cons29
    wonder if this is worth it. i tried the beta, i can get 60+ but it dips -+20, dang
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  • frillybob101
    Still didn't work for me my game freezes when I join a server
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  • David Rush
    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
    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
    See.. AMD doesn't make other card makers suck for the games they support.
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  • SteelCity1981
    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
    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
    Still no complete frame pacing patch from AMD.
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  • ddpruitt
    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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