AMD Catalyst 12.3 WHQL Benchmark

AMD Catalyst

AMD Catalyst 12.3 WHQL has been released. Now, let’s see what this puppy can do.

As you may know, a Battlefield 3 update just rolled out. You can see all the changes here. This update does not affect performance in any way so all the Battlefield 3 results seen so far stand.

Skyrim was also updated to 1.5 but this time the update has impact on performance. An average of 5 FPS were lost going from 1.4 to 1.5 mainly because of the implementation of shadows for grass. Full change log is available here.

As usual, testing 12.3 WHQL driver by comparing it to two other drivers: latest WHQL – 12.2 WHQL – and best performing driver – 12.4 Beta 8.96 15 March.

And for those wondering, MLAA 2.0 is not implemented in 12.3 WHQL. If you want to read more about MLAA 2.0 you can do so here: MLAA 2.0 Performance and Image Quality Review.

Tested Drivers and Information

Prior to installing a driver, a sweep was done in safe-mode using Phyxion Driver Sweeper.

Catalyst Version 2D Driver 3D Driver OpenGL Driver Driver Packaging Version CCC Version CCC
12.2 WHQL 8.01.01.1235 7.14.10.0894 6.14.10.11554 8.95-120214a-134393C-ATI 2012.0214.2218.39913 12.3
8.96 15 March 8.01.01.1243 7.14.10.0903 6.14.10.11627 8.96-120315a-135399E 2012.0315.1621.27344 12.4
12.3 WHQL 8.01.01.1235 7.14.10.0894 6.14.10.11566 8.951-120308a-135594C-ATI 2012.0309.43.976 12.3
Tests and Settings

All 3 drivers are tested in 5 synthetic benchmarks and 5 games.

  • 1. 3DMark06 1.02 Professional Edition - 1680×1050 – 2xAA – Anti Aliasing Quality = 0 – 4xAF – Shader Model 2.0 = Return to Proxycon + Firefly Forest – HDR/Shader Model 3.0 = Canyon Flight + Deep Freeze – 2 Runs.
  • 2. 3DMark11 1.0.3 Professional Edition - 1680×1050 – 2xMSAA – 4xAF – Graphic Tests 1-4 – 2 Runs.
  • 3. Unigine – Sanctuary 2.3 – 1680×1050 – 2xAA – 4xAF – High Shaders – Ambient Occlusion = OFF – 2 Runs.
  • 4. Unigine – Tropics 1.3 – 1680×1050 – 2xAA – 4xAF – High Shaders – Ambient Occlusion = ON – Reflections = ON – 2 Runs.
  • 5. Cinebench x64 11.5 – 3 Runs.
  • 6. Crysis 2 1.9 using Adrenaline Benchmark Tool – Extreme Preset – 1680×1050 – 4xAA – Hi-Res Textures – Central Park – 3 Runs.
  • 7. Metro 2033 using Update 1.2 Benchmark Tool – Very High Settings – 1680×1050 – 16xAF – No AA for DirectX 9 and 4xMSAA for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 – 3 Runs.
  • 8. DiRT 3 – Ultra Preset – 1680×1050 – 8xMSAA – 3 Runs
  • 9. Battlefield 3 – Ultra Preset – 1680×1050 – 4xMSAA – 16xAF – Multiplayer @ Strike at Karkand (32p map, Large Conquest), main street: US Deployment -> B Flag – 3 Runs x 60s.
  • 10. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim v1.5 – Ultra Preset – 1680×1050 – 8xAA – 16xAF – Tested in the area East of Rorikstead – 3 Runs x 60s.

All synthetic benchmarks were ran 2 times except Cinebench (3 runs), all games were ran 3 times.

Test System Specifications
Test Hardware | AMD Catalyst 12.4 Beta 15 March Benchmark
Processor

Intel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge)

4.5 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

Table of Contents:

Page 1 – Introduction
Page 2 – 3DMark06,3DMark11,Cinebench and Unigine
Page 3 – Crysis 2, Metro2033, Battlefield 3, DiRT 3 and Skyrim
Page 4 – Conclusion


Page 2 – 3DMark06,3DMark11,Cinebench and Unigine

  • hap

    good info ill stay with betas 12.4 then ;)

  • Tsvetan

    Thanks for the bench.

  • Tchouk

    me too i stay with beta 12.4 very fine with my CF of 6950 of Ice Q turbo 1go

  • rayss

    yup 12.4 beta, but where are that 35fps for battlefield3 for 8.96.15?

  • rayss

    sowwy for my previous post 8.951.1 05 march have 35fps for bf3.

  • khanmein

    HDMI Audio Driver
    Final Status: Fail
    Version of Item: 7.12.0.7706
    Size: 1 Mbytes

    Driver Install: the driver package did not preinstall because files that are referenced by the INF file could not be found

    AtihdW76.sys file is missing no matter how u install it the file still unable to function..

    *HELP*

  • Robson Carvalho

    I have 2 x 6970 in crossfire. When there are updates and I do some of them, I’ll post the results for comparison if you want or I can email it to you. Just tell me later. And sorry I do not speak English, only Portuguese. :)

    2 x 6970 Crossfire

    Catalyst 12.4 Beta (15 de março)

    Heaven Benchmark v3.0 Basic
    FPS: 76.0
    Scores: 1914
    Min FPS:25.6
    Max FPS:152.0

    Hardware Binary:
    Windows 32bit Visual C++ 1600 Release Mar 7 2012
    Operating system: Windows 7 (build 7601, Service Pack 1) 64bit
    CPU model: AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1090T Processor
    CPU flags: 3210MHz MMX+ 3DNow!+ SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSE4A HTT
    GPU model: AMD Radeon HD 6970 Series 8.951.1.0 CrossFireX 2048Mb
    Settings
    Render: direct3d11
    Mode: 1920×1080 8xAA fullscreen
    Shaders:high
    Textures:high
    Filter: trilinear
    Anisotropy:16x
    Occlusion:enabled
    Refraction:enabled
    Volumetric:enabled
    Tessellation:normal

    Catalyst 12.3 (Oficial)

    Heaven Benchmark v3.0 Basic
    FPS: 79.1
    Scores: 1994
    Min FPS:25.3
    Max FPS:153.2

    Hardware Binary:
    Windows 32bit Visual C++ 1600 Release Mar 7 2012
    Operating system: Windows 7 (build 7601, Service Pack 1) 64bit
    CPU model: AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1090T Processor
    CPU flags: 3210MHz MMX+ 3DNow!+ SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSE4A HTT
    GPU model: AMD Radeon HD 6970 Series 8.951.0.0 CrossFireX 2048Mb
    Settings
    Render: direct3d11
    Mode: 1920×1080 8xAA fullscreen
    Shaders:high
    Textures:high
    Filter: trilinear
    Anisotropy:16x
    Occlusion:enabled
    Refraction:enabled
    Volumetric:enabled
    Tessellation:normal

  • khanmein

    Thanks for the link but that is 7.12.0.7705 not 7.12.0.7706
    the only way 2 install is Microsoft Forefront Protection for Exchange Server need to enable the filter for the AtihdW76.sys

  • Guts

    For those with Battlefield 3 crashes of any type:

    In my case I experienced two types of crashes back then. One was a blue screen and the other was a grey or sometimes green screen with vertical stripes (I think there was a sound loop in both cases).
    In my experience the first one is related to the CPU or motherboard which may include my Realtek On-board Sound. My CPU was overclocked from 3.2 to 3.8 Ghz and I had to lower the clock to 3.6 or 3.7 to avoid the BSOD.
    The second error was related to the GPU. My overcocked Sapphire 6950 was not getting enough juice. I raised the volts with Sapphire Trixx and noticed that I was able to play for longer periods until I found the voltage which gave me a stable GPU. Until then no other game crashed because of this and in that manner, although later I experienced it playing dead island a few times. Disabling FSAA anti-aliasing and setting textures to high may help because then RAM and VRAM are not going to need as much voltage.

    Also (not necessarily in that order):

    Update you Windows version.

    Run CCleaner to clean your registry and clean with DriverSweeper (or something comparable) while in Windows “Safe-Mode” after deinstalling your catalyst drivers.

    Lower/Change the graphics settings especially textures and maybe shadows, disable FSAA, enable VerticalSync (or if enabled, disable). You could even try to force VSync in your catalyst control (VSync will synchronize your fps and display frequency which will most likely be 60Hz, equals 60 fps) to enure there are no voltage spikes.

    Install the newest Realtek drivers from their site.

    Try different catalysts and/or fiddle with some option like “alternative display mode”
    etc.

    Update your motherboards bios (if Intel, try to disable hyper-threading).

    Defragment your Windows partition and your Origin/Battlefield 3 directory and do a repair installation.

    Underclock/Decrease the clocks of your GPU or/and CPU (read above).

    Disable ULPS and/or disable Crossfire/SLI

    Google intelligently for the latest threads concerning your problem.

    Thats all that comes to mind at the moment.
    Have a nice day.

  • michael

    Hello, I have a problem. I did not have appears hydravision after installing 12,3 drivers. Nor is 3D Mark 11 flies hardware error indicating that the defect in my driver. Many times I delete them Drever Svipr in secure mode, and then installed but no result prineslo.Indeks performance windose 7 fell from 7.9 to 7.8 Please help me, what can I do as what orders the driver to install 12,3 thank you. Sorry I badly write in English.

  • Ryan

    Hey guys,
    Getting little upset trying to figure out what driver to use. I am new to gaming and I travel alot so I have a laptop with I7 2760 and ATI 6990M.

    - What is the best hands down driver for my setup todate, I play BF3 mainly. I want the best results possible in this game. HELP!!! Should I go back with 11.10, or stay with 12.3 and cap 12.3?? PLease help me.
    Thanks

  • Ryan

    I want to have BF3 run the best it can. I need to get a desktop here soon I dont think my laptop with ATI 6990m will be able to play any future games. =(

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