AMD Catalyst 11.7 vs 11.8 Benchmark

AMD Catalyst

As I did in the last couple of months, benchmarking current and former versions of AMD Catalyst, here is the newest one: AMD Catalyst 11.7 vs 11.8.

Before we get started let’s take a look at 11.8′s newest features and performance improvements:

New Features

  • AMD Overdrive has been enhanced to include both CPU and GPU over-clocking controls within the AMD Vision Control Center
  • CPU over-clocking is only supported on AMD Black edition CPUs

Performance Highlights

  • Improves performance up to 10% in Crysis 2 DirectX 11 version for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Improves performance up to 8% in Fear 3 DirectX 11 version with application enabled Anti-Aliasing on the
    AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Improves performance up to 30% when AMD’s Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) is enabled through the
    Catalyst™ Control Center on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Improves performance up to 20% in Call of Duty Black Operations for single GPU and Multi-GPU configurations on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series

Read the complete AMD Catalyst 11.8 Release Notes.

Thew new AMD Catalyst let’s you overclock your Black Edition AMD CPU right from the AMD Overdrive section. Also improves performance in games like: Crysis 2, Black Ops and FEAR 3.

So here is the complete list and the settings used for each game and mode included in this benchmark:

  • Aliens vs Predator: Very High Settings @ 1680×1050 – 16xAF – 4xAA – DirectX 11
  • Bad Company 2: Highest Settings @ 1680×1050 – 16xAA – 1xAA for DirectX 9 and 8xMSAA for Direct X11
  • Call of Juarez: High Details @ 1680×1050 – DirectX 10
  • Crysis 2: Ultra Settings @ 1680 x 1050 for both Direct X9 and DirectX 11
  • DiRT 3: Highest Settings @ 1680×1050 – 8xMSAA for both Direct X9 and DirectX 11
  • Formula 1 2010: Settings Maxed Out @ 1680×1050 – 8xMSAA for both Direct X9 and Direct X11
  • H.A.W.X. 2: High Settings @ 1680×1050 – 8xAA for both Direct X9 and DirectX 11
  • Metro 2033: Very High Settings @ 1680×1050 – 16xAF – No AA for DirectX9 and 4xMSAA for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11

 

Test Hardware | AMD Catalyst 11.7 vs 11.8
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 Drive WD 500 GB SATA III
Graphics Card Sapphire HD6950 1 GB
Power Supply Corsair TX 650 W
System Software And Drivers
Operating System Windows 7 SP1 x64
DirectX DirectX9 | DirectX 10 | DirectX 11
Graphics Driver AMD Catalyst 11.7 WHQL | AMD Catalyst 11.8 WHQL

Here is the graph comparing AMD Catalyst 11.7 to AMD Catalyst 11.8:

 AMD Catalyst 11.7 vs AMD Catalyst 11.8 Benchmark

To better understand the performance differences between the two driver versions here is a detailed list of the performance gained or lost by AMD Catalyst 11.8 against AMD Catalyst 11.7 in percentages:

GAME

Performance Gained or Lost by AMD Catalyst 11.8 from AMD Catalyst 11.7

Aliens vs Predator

DirectX 11

0 %

Bad Company 2

DirectX 9

0 %

Bad Company 2

DirectX 11

- 1.2 %

Call of Juarez

DirectX 10

- 3.5 %

Crysis 2

DirectX 9

- 2 %

Crysis 2

DirectX 11

0 %

DiRT 3

DirectX 9

+ 1 %

DiRT 3

DirectX 11

0 %

Formula 1 2010

DirectX 9

+ 2.8 %

Formula 1 2010

DirectX 11

+ 1.3 %

H.A.W.X. 2

DirectX 9

+ 1.4 %

H.A.W.X. 2

DirectX 11

0 %

Metro 2033

DirectX 9

0 %

Metro 2033

DirectX 10

0 %

Metro 2033

DirectX 11

+ 2.7 %

Despite the fact that former Catalyst version (11.7) brought an additional 5% in performance from 11.6, AMD Catalyst 11.8 doesn’t bring a lot of performance from AMD Catalyst 11.7, it actually losses performance in games like: Call of Juarez, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Crysis 2.

AMD Catalyst 11.8 only improves performance by 0.2% over Catalyst 11.7. This is a bit disappointing but I guess it’s a step forward for AMD, a small one.

  • Edilson Jr

    Great! I had same issues with this driver and roll back to 11.7. Congratulations for your job, helps a lot.

  • gg

    Try activating msaa and you’ll see a huge performance improvement in 11.8, 10-20% more fps than 11.7.

    • http://www.laneros.com Oscar

      Where and how ¿? which is MSAA ¿?

      * Multi-Sample AA

      * Adaptive Multi-Sample AA

      * Super Multi-Sample AA

  • http://www.laneros.com Oscar

    Where and how ¿? which is MSAA ¿?

    * Multi-Sample AA

    * Adaptive Multi-Sample AA

    * Super Multi-Sample AA

  • http://www.laneros.com Oscar

    is false, when activated MLAA, low performance in fps: (

  • gg

    Not MLAA, just any anti-aliasing. x2 x4 x8