AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta Review - Frame Pacing Fix
by Stuart Davidson - 1st August 2013
AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta Review - Frame Pacing Fix?
For some time now review sites, including ours, have been looking at how well graphics cards deliver frames to our displays when gaming. Average framerates and minimum remain an important aspect of results but a card must deliver frames without delay to give us a truly smooth gaming experience.
We have had a copy of the driver for a few days now and have run it through a selection of real world gaming and here are the results.
So what do we make of that lot? Well overall it's hard not to be a little underwhelmed. There are aspects where initially it looks like progress has been made, Battlefield 3 for example where the 13.8 driver ends its run better than the 13.6 but the new version is a little worse to begin with. We must bear in mind though that Battlefield 3 has a pretty low latency anyway so it's not a huge issue. Where we would have liked to see an improvement is Metro: Last Light but sadly framerates decreased and we saw larger spikes in frametimes on 13.8 which was disappointing. Really though one of the key titles which needs frametime improvements is Crysis 3 (on NVIDIA and AMD hardware) but that remains pretty much the same on the new 13.8 driver which is a shame as in this game the micro stutters are very noticable to the naked eye.
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