AMD Rolls Out Catalyst 13.11 Beta Drivers with Radeon R9 290 and 290X Support

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News Posted: Sat, Oct 26 2013 10:29 AM
AMD ended the work week by making available the same Catalyst 13.11 beta drivers that reviewers were allowed to use when evaluating the Radeon R9 290X graphics card (be sure to check out our in-depth review). The beta release adds support for both that card and the regular Radeon R9 290, along with the rest of the recently announced R9 and R7 Series, though that's not all it brings to the table.

Performance improvements abound after installing Catalyst 13.11 beta. One of the biggest gains to be had is in Batman: Arkham Origins. When enabling MSAA at 8x, AMD claims framerates are bolstered by as much as 35 percent.

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Other performance gains aren't quite as dramatic, though a few creep up into double-digit territory. Here's the full rundown:

  • Total War: Rome 2 - improves performance up to 10 percent
  • Battlefield 3 - improves performance up to 10 percent
  • GRID 2 - improves performance up to 8.5 percent
  • DiRT Showdown - improves performance up to 10 percent
  • Formula 1 2013 - improves performance up to 8 percent
  • DiRT 3 - improves performance up to 7 percent
  • Sleeping Dogs - improves performance up to 5 percent

Finally, the new Catalyst release enables automatic AMD Eyefinity configurations and automatic plug-and-play configuration of supported Ultra HD/4K tiled displays.

Happy gaming!

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ECouts replied on Sat, Oct 26 2013 1:39 PM

How about a little work on the Linux drivers? It's lost them some business already.

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why not just get an nvidia card O.o

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Yeah, if you're using linux go Nvidia. Windows should be radeon all the way.

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RBloch replied on Sat, Oct 26 2013 8:04 PM

Hope it helps with Batman Arkham Origins. Even overclocked my 7970 to 1300/1650 and the FPS are horrible with 8xmsaa.

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RBloch replied on Sat, Oct 26 2013 8:29 PM

Works great. Had it on 4xMSAA & no Physx to get 50-60fps, now i'm on 8xMSAA with Physx and I get 50-60fps. My old setting yielded 90fps with the new drivers. AMD does care...

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RiCoFrost replied on Sun, Oct 27 2013 3:31 AM

Now is the time AMD need to show they are working on drivers. This is good, new cards are out now pump out the drivers.

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