AMD Catalyst 8.93.7 Windows 8 Benchmark

AMD Catalyst

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview was made available for download (free) recently. After testing Windows 8 Developer Preview we have updated to Windows 8 Consumer Preview. AMD stayed ahead of the game and quickly released a AMD Catalyst driver for this new version of Windows 8 beta: AMD Catalyst 8.93.7 RC10 Windows 8 Consumer Preview Driver. Although this driver is official it’s still in beta, notice the notation RC10 = Release Candidate #10.

Windows 8 has the same backbone as Windows 7, the main difference between the two is the new Metro UI. Metro is Microsoft’s attempt to further “penetrate” the mobile/touch devices. Some desktop users will find Metro very annoying and with this new Consumer Preview release you won’t be able to disable it (yet).

Windows 8 Consumer Preview doesn’t come without its problems; DiRT 3 won’t even start and Crysis 2 has issues detecting resolutions. My attempts to fix the two were futile so I had to remove them from this benchmark.

Crysis 2 Windows 8 Resolution

This article will compare three drivers: AMD Catalyst 12.1 WHQL, 8.95 17 January (both being run on Windows 7 SP1 x64) and 8.93.7 RC10, ran on Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64. This is a driver comparison as well as a Windows comparison.

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
12.1 WHQL 8.01.01.1223 7.14.10.0887 6.14.10.11399 8.93-111205a-132104C-ATI 2011.1205.2215.39827 12.1
8.95 17 January 8.01.01.1234 7.14.10.0893 6.14.10.11543 8.95-120117a-131901E-ATI 2012.0117.2009.36062 N/A
8.93.7 Windows 8 8.01.01.1223 7.14.10.0885 6.14.10.11399 8.93.7-120216m-134255E-ATI 2012.0216.2321.41809 N/A
Tests and Settings

All 3 drivers are tested in 5 synthetic benchmarks and 3 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. 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.
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim v1.4 – 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 8.93.7 Windows 8 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
Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64

Table of Contents:

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


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

  • mubaidr

    Too bad! I would stick with 8.96 :D

  • Bulldozer

    Thx a lot for testing!
    Seems like we just have to wait and see what it does.. For some reason I can’t convince myself to install Win8. Although I’d love so see und test this new operating system it just appears to be enough (or even better) to have Win7 x64 installed..
    Maybe when it’s final I’ll give it a try.

  • tim

    Interesting. I’ve had very good bf3 perf. Seems identical to win7. Running a 6870 1gb, and an unlocked phenom ii 960t