Catalyst 10.12 Performance Analysis
The previous entry of this continued series was the Catalyst 10.11 Performance Analysis. Today we look at what has taken place since then. The Catalyst 10.12 drivers have come out with a few interface changes but we are going to take a look at the performance. There has been talk of a few more interface changes coming with the Catalyst 11.1 driver set, so we will wait and see and then cover the new interface in a follow up.
For this article, I aim to use 12 benchmarks consisting of 11 games and 1 synthetic benchmark to show the performance differences between the 10.11 and the 10.12 driver iterations. The testing will take into account AMD’s largest DX11 lineup, the Radeon HD 5000 series, represented here by the HD 5830.
The Heaven 2.1 (synthetic) benchmark was run at its default settings while all the games were run at 1920×1200 and 1680×1050 resolutions with maxed out in-game settings plus 4xAA and 16xAF.
The tests were run on the same Radeon HD 5830 (at stock settings) that was reviewed earlier. Let’s get to the test bench and the results.