AMD Catalyst 11.12 WHQL Benchmark

AMD Catalyst

AMD Catalyst 11.12 WHQL is just the 11.12 Beta driver built on 03 December and leaked exactly one week ago. But I haven’t included the 03 Dec driver as it is not relevant. Most important thing is to see improvements over last month’s 11.11 WHQL. Also included 12.1 Preview as this will be the next 12.1 WHQL driver and 11.12 Beta from 18 Nov.

Catalyst Version 2D Driver 3D Driver OpenGL Driver Driver Packaging Version CCC Version CCC
11.11 WHQL 8.01.01.1207 7.14.10.0873 6.14.10.11251 8.911-111025a-128243C-ATI 2011.1025.2231.38573 11.11
11.12 Beta 18 Nov 8.01.01.1221 7.14.10.0883 6.14.10.11384 8.93-111118a-128864E-ATI 2011.1118.1246.22742 11.11
12.1 Preview Driver 8.01.01.1223 7.14.10.0887 6.14.10.11400 8.93.10-111208a-130017E-ATI 2011.1208.1660.30301 12.1
11.12 WHQL 8.01.01.1215 7.14.10.0879 6.14.10.11318 8.92-111109a-129966C-ATI 2011.1109.2212.39826 11.12

Games Tested and Settings

  • Aliens vs Predator: Very High Settings @ 1680×1050 – 16xAF – 4xAA – DirectX 11
  • Assassin’s Creed Revelations: Highest Settings @ 1680×1050 – 8xMSAA – DirectX 9
  • Bad Company 2: Highest Settings @ 1680×1050 – 16xAF – 1xAA for DirectX 9 and 8xMSAA for DirectX 11
  • Batman: Arkham City: Very High Settings @ 1680×1050 – 8xMSAA – Hardware PhysX Off for DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 (normal tessellation)
  • Battlefield 3: Ultra Settings @ 1680×1050 – 16xAF – 4xMSAA – DirectX 11
  • Call of Juarez: High Details @ 1680×1050 – DirectX 10
  • Crysis 2: Ultra Settings @ 1680 x 1050 for both DirectX 9 and DirectX 11
  • Formula 1 2011: Settings Maxed Out @ 1680×1050 – 8xMSAA for both DirectX 9 and DirectX 11
  • H.A.W.X. 2: High Settings @ 1680×1050 – 8xAA for both DirectX 9 and DirectX 11
  • Metro 2033: Very High Settings @ 1680×1050 – 16xAF – No AA for DirectX 9 and 4xMSAA for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11
  • Modern Warfare 3: Maximum Settings @ 1680×1050 – 4xAA – DirectX 9
  • Red Orchestra 2: Ultra Settings @ 1680×1050 – MLAA – Hardware Physics OFF – DirectX 9
  • Saints Row 3: Ultra Settings @ 1680×1050 – 8xMSAA – 16xAF for both DirectX 9 and DirectX 11
  • TES V: Skyrim: Maximum Settings @ 1680×1050 – 16xAF – 8xFXAA – DirectX 9

Test System Specifications

Test Hardware | AMD Catalyst 11.12 WHQL Benchmark
Processor

Intel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge)

3.3 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache, power-saving settings disabled, Turbo Boost disabled.

Motherboard MSI P67-C43-B3, Intel P67 Chipset
Memory 2 x 2 GB DDR3 1600MHZ
Hard Drives

WD 500 GB SATA III (OS)

Samsung 750 GB Sata II (Game)

Graphics Card Sapphire HD6950 1 GB
Power Supply Corsair TX 650 W
System Software And Drivers
Operating System Windows 7 SP1 x64
DirectX DirectX 9 | DirectX 10 | DirectX 11
Graphics Driver

AMD Catalyst 11.11 WHQL

AMD Catalyst 11.12 Beta 18 Nov 2011

AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview Driver

AMD Catalyst 11.12 WHQL


Results

AMD Catalyst 11.12 WHQL Benchmark

AMD Catalyst 11.12 WHQL Comparison

AMD Catalyst 11.12 WHQL isn’t a really great driver if we compare it to the 18 Nov one; 8 driver released/leaked since 11.12 Beta 18 Nov and still it hasn’t been “defeated”.

As I said in the beginning 11.12 WHQL = 11.12 Beta 03 Dec. 11.12 WHQL totaled 1583 FPS and 11.12 Beta 03 Dec 1574; the two drivers are separated by only 9 FPS.

Comparing to 11.11 WHQL:11.12 WHQL got 2 (lol) and 12 extra frames with Skyrim and Batman Arkham City (DirectX 11), respectively. Overall AMD Catalyst 11.12 WHQL increases performance over AMD Catalyst 11.11 WHQL with about 1.6%. As I always say: This is a small step, but a step forward. In the next 12.1 WHQL driver we will finally have Custom Application Profiles built in, 12.1 Preview Driver already has it (1st official driver to have it). Maybe next we’ll have DirectX 10 Multithreading support…

I can’t stress this enough, the best driver for Skyrim is 11.10 WHQL

If you’re looking to update from 11.11, go ahead; but if you want the best driver go for 11.12 Beta 18 Nov…

  • Benchmark

    Excellent you Work time record, Thank Very Much!

  • khanmein

    bro.. thanks for ur effort.

    i gt Q: if i’m using HD5650 mobility card, does CAPs help?? currently i’m still using 8.93 nov 18 + my stock is 11.11 WHQL & the rest old driver i deleted.

    i noticed this half yrs.. those driver only improve for desktop card. they r neglecting mobility card as well.

  • Blixt

    Thanks allot for your efforts, very nice site :)

  • Kevin

    Thanks as always for your efforts! Just wondering, why is 11.11 recommended for Skyrim over all others as you mentioned? From the benchmarks it seems like they are all pretty much the same.

    Is it just because of the CAPs? or something else?

  • anonimous

    Can you mak a 3D bechmark wih Blender 3D from http://www.blender.org ?

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      I’m not really a fan of synthetic benchmarks…

  • Luke

    For me the best drivers are 12.1 preview, super stable and great performance!

  • bogdan

    Don’t just say thanks guys, please donate!

  • People

    in the first graphic 11.12 beta nov is show as RED, but in the second graphic changes the color to GREEN, its a bit confuse…

  • Advanced

    3dmark 2005 – ati 5670 – 11.11 – 14400 points
    3dmark 2005 – ati 5670 – 11.12 – 12200 points
    under xp

  • Advanced

    I was wrong – this seems to happening because of latest directx9

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