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    Senior Solid State Aficionado dominick32's Avatar
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    Attention 6970 CF Guys, these new drivers rock.

    Fellas, I have been benchmarking with Crysis Warhead the last couple of days and was pleased to see the 1/26/2011 Catalyst Drivers come out. I am seeing some dramatic speed boosts with my 6970 Crossfire Setup. I was using the beta drivers for 64bit win 7, and games that I am playing and benching include: X-Plane 9, Mafia II, and Crysis Warhead.

    Just to give you an idea of the speed increase moving to the new 1/26 drivers.
    MAFIA II image quality seems to have improved and I used to get this slight blotchy stutter/hiccup every once in a while, that is complete gone and the game is smooth as butter.

    X-Plane 9 seems to have smoothed out as well.

    But the biggest difference is definitely Crysis Warhead since I have been benchmarking it. I am running two Diamond 6970's in Crossfire X clocked at 950/1440, 0% powertune wattage. Before the new catalyst, using maximum DX10 enthusiast settings, with maximum 1920 X 1200, 8XAA, using warhead benchmark and the AMBUSH timedemo, 1 loop the card was achieving:

    66 FPS average with 8XAA, enthusiast, 1920x1200,dx10
    74 FPS Average with NO AA, enthusiast, 1920x1200,dx10

    After the driver update tonight, no change at all:

    75 FPS AVERAGE with 8XAA, enthusiast, 1920x1200,dx10

    91 FPS Average with NO AA
    enthusiast, 1920x1200,dx10


    .........after 5 different timedemos to make sure I wasnt going crazy, the game is noticeably faster and smoother all around. There may even be some IQ improvements across the board, wow great work AMD!

    Anyone with 6950's and 6970's in crossfire, these drivers have seemed to work A LOT OF KINKS out with the initial beta and release drivers for the 6900 series, I would recommend everyone picking this new 1/26 catalyst up immediately.

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    I'm planning on getting another HD6950.. on the basis of the 6970 unlock.
    Which BTW, Has been running like a beaut.. No lags, no pauses, no hangs, no BSODs, that unlock seems to work flawless...
    Just going to grab the 11.1 Catalyst now *at work* and update when I get back =3

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    Hopefully those of us runnnig single 6970's will see some improvement too. I DL'd them last night but haven't had much of a chance to compare performance.
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    Just done a few tests... and... I get barely any difference in 3DMark Vantage..

    Allbeit.. I did get around 50 marks more on the Performance test.. but running it about 3/4 times.. Just an anomaly.. Still around the 17K mark.....

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    Senior Solid State Aficionado dominick32's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowEW View Post
    Just done a few tests... and... I get barely any difference in 3DMark Vantage..

    Allbeit.. I did get around 50 marks more on the Performance test.. but running it about 3/4 times.. Just an anomaly.. Still around the 17K mark.....
    I'm not sure of the difference with a single card.
    But I am positive with crossfire enabled on my two diamond 6970's that these new drivers have improved my gaming fps tremendously. Especially on Crysis Warhead. Did you get another card? Or are you running a single card?

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    Dominick32 states "Bow down to your SSD god dominick32 and kiss my feet which are actually made of pure light.
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    This should help. :) Circa 2010

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    Registered ShadowEW's Avatar
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    Still running a single card at the moment.
    I 'had' the money for a second card, but splashed out on a new monitor instead.

    BenQ 9H.L5JLB.QBE =3

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