AMD Catalyst Modding Guide and Performance Test

Radeon Graphics

This is a very simple but effective way to test out new features present with only the newest AMD Radeon GPUs. We all know how AMD implements new features for their newest cards first and a month or two later they do it for earlier series.

The latest example is SSAA (Super Sample Anti Aliasing) for DX10+ games. SSAA for DirectX 10 and 11 games was implemented with AMD Catalyst 12.2 WHQL but only for HD7xxx Cards. What I want to show you is how to have this kind of feature with earlier graphic cards.

Edit: Unfortunately, SSSAA still doesn’t work with DX10+ games with cards prior to HD7000 after applying this mod (tested with Crysis 2, F1 2011, Metro 2033, Battlefield 3, AvP and SR3) but the performance boost is there nonetheless. While taking a deeper look at the files I noticed that there is a definitive change to the SSAA code going from 12.1 to 12.2 whql but I’m not a software engineer and can’t modify such things without the sky falling. Moreover, the INFs don’t contain anything related to SSAA so doing changes there is futile in enabling such a feature. I apologize for creating false hope.

To be completely clear: Following this guide will not modify the actual display driver. We are just telling the Control Center that we have a different card installed.

Following this tutorial will allow you to “unlock” exclusive features present in Catalyst Control Center for any given AMD Graphic Card. Basically, we will tell Catalyst Control Center that we have a different GPU thus enabling features and optimizations only available for the latest Cards.

Note: If you don’t plan on installing Catalyst Control Center after you mod the drivers there is no point in modding the drivers in the first place.

In my example I will show you how to “fool” CCC in to thinking that we have a HD7900 GPU instead of a HD6950. I’ll keep it simple so anyone can understand.

Steps

1. First of all we need a AMD Catalyst driver package, for the purposes of this guide I will use AMD Catalyst 12.4 Beta. You can use whatever driver package you want.

2. After we settled for a driver package we need to extract it. To do so, all you have to do is the execute the aforesaid driver package and let the extraction take place but be sure to cancel the installation after the files have been extracted.

3. The extracted files are found in C:\AMD\Support\*Driver String*. Now for the actual modding:

a) We need to locate the file where all the driver information is stored. Navigate to C:\AMD\SUPPORT\120315a-135399E-win7-Vista\Packages\Drivers\Display and here should be one or more folders depending if the driver has support for x86 and/or x64 operating systems.

  • If you have a x86 (32-bit) operating system enter this folder: W7_INF
  • If you have a x64 (64-bit) operating system enter this folder: W76A_INF

b) If you have Windows 7 installed you need to edit: C7xxxxxx.inf and if you have Windows Vista you need to edit CHxxxxxx.inf;

Remember:

  • C7 or CW – Windows 7
  • CH or CW – Windows Vista
  • CX or CA – Windows XP
  • C8 or CE – Windows 8

c) After you are sure of which file is appropriate for your system, open it with your favorite text editor (Notepad or preferably Notepad++). Leave the editor opened for now.

AMD Device ID

d) Inside that file we just opened we need to replace a string that will be written in the registry upon driver installation. So we need to know what must be replaced, to do so we need our GPU’s Hardware ID. There are more than one way to find the HARDWARE ID but the simplest way is to use a tool provided by AMD:

Donwload Device ID, run it and it should return the Hardware ID like so:

The DeviceID for my HD6950 is 0x6719.

d) Now that we know the Hardware ID of your GPU we need to settle upon a Graphic Card we want to replace our current one (sort of say). More precisely, what GPU should Catalyst Control Center detect? I want my HD6950 to be seen as a 7900 Series GPU. You can choose whatever GPU you want, the process is similar.

Go to your text editor and search inside that inf opened for 7900 and you will find something like:

HD7900 Hardware Info

We just found the Hardware ID for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series GPU: 6798.

So we have our own Hardware ID for HD6950: 6719 and the Hardware ID for 7900: 6798.

The full list for AMD Hardware IDs is available here: http://developer.amd.com/download/pc_vendor_id/pages/default.aspx

e) Now we have to find out the value that gets written in the registry for HD7900 Series GPUs. To do that we need to search again (in the same inf file as before) for 6798 (hardware id for 7900)

HD7900 Registry String

We’re only interested in the first part of the string: ati2mtag_R575, write this string down.

f) Now we need to search (in the same inf as before) with our own GPU Hardware ID, in my case: 6719. We should find this string: ati2mtag_NICayman.

No we have both strings:

  • ati2mtag_R575HD7900
  • ati2mtag_NICaymanHD6950

We need to replace the string for HD6950 (our GPU) with the string for HD7900.

HD6950 to HD7900

g) After you replaced one string with the other, simply save the .inf file. We are done “modding”.

4. We can now go ahead and install the driver: C:\AMD\SUPPORT\120315a-135399E-win7-Vista\setup.exe

By modifying the .inf file we have changed the file’s checksum so Windows will prompt us with the following warning. Just continue installation.

amd  driver warning

That’s about it, now Catalyst Control Center will unlock “hidden” features and optimizations available only for HD7900 Cards. I want you to understand that some features like MLAA need specific hardware capabilities and will not work with unsupported GPUs no matter what you do to the driver.

Modding drivers might look hard to do at first but after you do it once it becomes that much easier. This process is rather simple, a few copy-paste operations and you’re done.

But the interesting part is yet to come. Go to the next page to see the performance results.


Page 2 – Performance Test, Download Mod Drivers

  • rayss

    This trick reminds me how i was modding S3 Virge 4m driver to saw him like a 3Dfx Voodoo long time ago.

  • Moe

    Just needed to confirm…I have alienware m18x with dual 6990M…so does this mean I must not apply this mod???

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      You can install the driver I supplied but Crossfire might not work.

      Wait for a 7990 driver to come out and then mod drivers with that.

      Edit: You can go ahead with the installation, CF will still work.

      Edit2: Missed the M part in your 6990…everything should be fine with that driver.

  • cristian.a

    you are great !!!

  • Jay

    Thanks for the guide, seeing as I have 2 6970s in crossfire I guess it’s not going to work right?

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      I’m not really sure how CF will perform with these drivers but you can give them a try, if you decide to do so, please report back with your findings.

      In theory CF should work fine but there’s always that chance that it won’t. I haven’t tested yet so I really don’t know. What I need is a lab rat…if you know what I mean.

  • ilyon

    Could you post a CCC screen before/after modding ? I just did it on my laptop, but EQAA doesn’t seem to give anything.

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      What’s your GPU and what did you replace it with?

      • ilyon

        HD6990M so basically an downclocked HD6870. Eventually, it seems to work

        • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

          Totally missed the M with both comments. Glad it worked.

  • ilyon

    And just big thums up for you work.

  • Jay

    You are the man!! It’s improved my crossfire results using the same driver by a substantial margin. I am really impressed.

    Tested with Battlefield 3, Crysis Warhead and Kingdoms of Amalur and all show a big improvement on minimum and average fps. The thing I cant work out though is why it improved my Heaven benchmark score so much. 1920×1080 16xAF, 4xAA everything on high netted me a score of nearly 3000 compared to 2300 before!

    Will def be donating some money to you when I get paid next month. :)

    Oh and SSAA works a treat, been wanting that feature since 7 series owners first got it. Thanks bro.

    • kn00tcn

      for heaven, make sure you pay attention to the image quality if scores jump really high (eg if AO is working or if tesselation is correct)

  • Jay

    Oh, forgot to mention that my bro has crossfired a 6950 with a 6970 and did the mod on both strings, it worked just as well for him too. Sweet.

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      Thanks for reporting back.

  • kn00tcn

    is there no way to trick the driver via a loader so you dont mod the infs? the same way you trick games (with 3danalyzer, radeonpro, etc)

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      It may be possible and even easy, I’ll look into it. Probably just some registry changes.

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      It’s totally possible by editing the registry. But the amount of written keys upon installation is staggering so it’s a bit difficult. It seems that ATIMan and DriverSweeper will not remove all registry keys so I need a “virgin” OS to see exactly which keys need editing exactly.

  • mark

    is there a improvement also when the anti aliasing is not enabled? thanks.

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      Well, Metro2033 shows ‘significant’ improvements in DirectX 9 with No AA.

  • Anth

    I gather this does nothing if you already own a 7900 GPU with 12.4 Beta drivers installed??

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      Exactly.

  • sezer sevinçler

    i am testing 785G mainboard on HD4200 gpu

  • Jay

    Heaven result was my own fault for not double checking if tessellation was enabled, still got a healthy boost though and definitely in games. Having the ability to use SSAA in Direct X 10-11 games makes it worthwhile modding for those with a decent GPU setup.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Priyesh

    I Have 5750 HD So Can I Convert Into 7700 Series GPU?

  • Priyesh

    So How Can I Check That My GPU Is Now 7700 Series?

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      You can do the mod. Check 3D Application Profiles under Gaming in CCC it should look “different”.

  • Priyesh

    What Different I Can’t See Can U Give Me Hint?

  • Priyesh

    Your Device ID App Still Not Say 7700 Series GPU…

  • Geek

    I can’t see any change in CCC……
    Whaats the change??

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      Under Gaming – > 3D Application Settings

  • Ageratos

    @Priyesh
    Go to information tab in CCC, then head over to Hardware tab.

  • Priyesh

    Under Hardware Tab It’s Say’s 5700 Series

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      That’s normal, your GPU is still detected as whatever GPU you have but the Control Center will have options unlocked available only for 7900 GPUs. Look under Gaming – > 3D Application Settings.

    • Ageratos

      No idea why this happen… maybe there’s errors in the modded strings. I have a 5770 Hawk and i’ve modded it to 7900 series. Under Hardware tab it shows Radeon HD 7900 Series.

  • Priyesh

    One Thing I overright When I Reinstall Driver…..

  • Jarjar

    Unfortunatly, Not working for me.
    In CCC, i don’t have eyefinity anymore, and I have less options in 3D Application settings: can not choose, AA mode.

  • Jarjar

    I forgot to mention it but I have 6970 cfx

  • WarlordThorvald

    I’m trying this with my old mobility 5470, maybe it’ll give me 5 more fps for skyrim or just remove that goddamn stuttering near candles… :P

  • WarlordThorvald

    blah… CCC – 3d apps settings looks still the same… :(

  • ilyon

    So here is just a small report: tested with 3 laptops with HD6990M, HD6550M (rebranded 5650M) and HD6370M (rebranded HD5470M). All stuffs of more recent RADEON work: MLAA, EQAA, SSAA, just amazing. Indeed, the HD6370M is more than anemic, but the options are here. And for some unknown reason, Overdrive just appeared in the CCC of the two last RADEON. Benchmark3D is really great.
    With all best regards of http://Portables4Gamers.com

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      Thanks for reporting back, I’m actually surprised it work having in mind what shitty job I did the first time. Download V2, I modified some extra lines, “new features” are unlocked. Look at the pic posted for reference.

      • ilyon

        I’m a bit psycho” when I install every software on my computers. And it’s still a hard way to rehab AMD Drivers, so I have to be very picky, mainly for some hard fanboys in our community. If NV rather easy, AMD asks some precision.
        So i’ll try your V2 (V3 ?) ASAP. And thanks again.

        • ilyon

          V3 just great on HD6990M. I ll try to-morrow on other laptops. If you need some beta testeurs, just ask, I’ll be happy to be part of a new “B3D-Drivers” Team …

  • Jarjar

    Ok, so I reinstalled win 7 64bits and the modded drivers with and without the crossfire bridge. In both case, I lost the eyefinity menu and I got less option in the 3d Application settings ( No AA mode available, no catalyst AI….)
    any idea guys?
    GPU: HD6970 crossfire

  • Priyesh

    Thanx Bro I Will Try Your Second Package….

  • L10

    Is this necessary with a 7870? I saw some options on your screenshot that I don’t have using the 12.4 beta.

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      Not necessarily, I’ll make a guide in which I will explain how to unlock those options.

  • mark

    i couldnt find any settings except aa, af and v-sync in gaming tab. Will try v2 and report back

  • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

    Added a 3rd page for more “advanced options”

  • Slayszym

    GREAT Job!!! I still remember how i told my Matrox Mystique 3D to think it can run 3DFx Gline and ran Quake 1 GL through driver emulation….to my suprise i got 3dFx textures but…..1-2 FPS :P

  • Priyesh

    Thanx I Installed 12.4 Beta V2 As U Provided….
    My Catalyst Center Under 3D App Setting Saw Same As Your Screen Shot…
    But Under Hardware Tab It Still Show 5700 Series Card Is It Ok?

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      Yup, that is perfect.

      The Graphics Chipset is still specific to every GPU so that should always show what card you actually have installed.

      If you want the Hardware Tab to show AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series all you have to do is replace this:

      AMD*your harware ID*.1 = “AMD Radeon HD 5700 Series”

      with this:

      AMD*your harware ID*.1 = “AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series”

  • Priyesh

    Thanx I Will Try….

  • Luke

    Thanks for this.
    But… if I will install this drivers for me HD 6950 I will get broken aniso filtering??

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      That’s what I’m trying to find out but I’m pretty sure the answer is yes…AF is not broken it just adds a bit of blur, look at Tom’s article for reference.

  • Geek

    I’ve installed mod v2 it worked but im not seeing this results in CCC.
    -Tesselattion
    -Anti alias Mode

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      You could try doing this: in CCC got Preferences (top-right corner) and select “Follow Windows Scheme” and see if the options appear.

      If that doesn’t work then do a driver sweep and reinstall.

      • Geek

        Hi,
        Thanks for reply….
        I tried both.I uninstalled (+ sweeped) and reinstalled them but still tere is no anti alis mode and tessellation settings..

        • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

          I rechecked all 4 inf files and everything looks OK. What’s your GPU and OS?

          • Geek

            I’m on windows 7 x64 and gpu is HD 5450

  • Big B

    Dumb question but after you installed the modded drivers what settings did you change, if any, when you retested with BF3?

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      Every setting in CCC was at default and Battlefield 3 was set to Ultra. Nothing was changed between each set of tests.

      • Big B

        Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the quick reply. Keep up the great job you are doing!!!!

  • poudlejerm

    Great job man, works whit my HD5750 clock to 850/1250mhz, all options you mention work well and better fps in most game. Love your work, Thanks :)

  • vetal_cherry

    hi, BenchmarK3D.
    I have a question. After all this i’ll have new options in 3d app settings, right?
    i have 5770. So question: Will this new “7900 features” like in your screenshot work in 3d apps i mean games? will they work or not?
    thx

    • Ageratos

      Hi vetal
      About the new 7900 features, yes you’ll have new options in 3D app settings. Will it work or not? why not you try it out? The modded driver brings no harm and you do not need to roll-back to previous even if it doesn’t work.

      MSI 5770 HAWK.

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      All options will work, except for EQAA which needs a HD6900 or higher to work…other options will work with your 5770.

  • Priyesh

    Your V3 version shows 7900 series under hardware tab?
    In the catalyst information tab saw that 12.4 beta by benchmark3d….how did u do that bro?plz tell me.

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      In the inf under [ati2mtag_SoftwareDeviceSettings] look for

      HKR,, Catalyst_Version,,”12.4″ and replace 12.4 with anything you want.

  • Priyesh

    One Thing Bro…..
    Left Side Of The Box Of The Morphological Filtering There Is Box Of Temporal Anti-Aliasing Means Hidden Box See Properly Plz Fix That Box…..

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      That box becomes clickable when you override application settings. I’ll try to make it more visible, don’t know if I can.

  • hitman

    do you know how to add Flip Queue Size option in CCC?

    • Jarjar

      Since V2, everything is fine for me, thanks Benchmark3D. Even though, I do not have any gain in performance with my cfx HD6970.
      +1 for Flip Queue Size option in CCC, if you can find it.
      The most essential option, according to me.

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      You can set Flip Queue Size to whatever you want in the inf file but you won’t see a slider or a options regarding FQS in CCC. As default FQS isn’t defined.

    • Jay

      Use RadeonPro to adjust the Flip Queue Size and Texture LOD for added detail/sharpness. I think it’s much easier to use than CCC for automated profiles and additional features.

  • Free Bee

    Thanks :) I’m gonna give version 3 a try I hope you do more of this in the future. Thanks very much appreciate your hard work.

  • PIGBITE

    Hi,

    My setup is 6870×2 + 6870 on win7 64bit , im using v3 modded driver, the ccc shows all the right info 7900 series and all the extra settings show but when i try to launch a game the system locks up!

    Works fine running just the 6870×2 but no joy when enabling crossfire.

    • PIGBITE

      OK so i swapped the cards around 6870 as the main card and the 6870×2 as the 2nd card and crossfire is working now :-)

      • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

        Nice. I don’t know why that happened. At what speed is the second PCIe lane rated?

  • PIGBITE

    The lane is rated at PCIEX16.

  • NayilAlien

    I can definitely say that I got performance gains on my 6990m gfx card with this mod.

    Thanks!

  • Ninnetyer

    Will I notice any performance gain with low end graphics card like the 6570 or 6670 ?
    Or do I have to use a 6770, have no other card than those…

    Will I see any difference in performance?

    Thanks!

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      I can’t guarantee any performance boosts but you should get a little extra out of your card.

  • kn00tcn

    this is probably a bad idea to try on a 4870×2 right? :P

    • Bose321

      I would like to know if it’s smart to try on a 4850 in crossfire.

  • Chris

    This looks great. I have a 6990M and thinking about trying these drivers. I was running the 12.3
    Can any of you who have tested that card (saw a couple of you had done so) report temps? Are there any significant increases? My card stays around 80 celsius as it is so I can’t take a big temperature leap.
    One more question, if I download the V3, how much do I have to do after installing them? Are they good to go after install, or do they need some more tweaking/customization? (I’m quite the newbie, as you can tell, and don’t quite understand all of the settings in the CCC)
    Regardless, fantastic site. Helped me, who is new to gaming-focused cards, a ton. Thanks!

    • Chris

      EDIT: I was running the 12.2 whql I believe, not the 12.3. If it makes any difference

    • NayilAlien

      I don’t think installing new drivers make temps go up. I too have a 6990m and my COMPAL GPU temps never go above 65 deg C/ maybe 66 max at stock clocks. I did repaste my GPU with Prolimatech PK-1, use a notebook cooler, and have propped up the rear of the laptop with neoprene / rubber type legs.

      It’s an alienware machine though…and it does have better cooling than a lot of those clevo/sagers.

  • DJB

    Let me get this straight, this enables adaptive/SSAA in dx11 for the 5 & 6×00 series right?

  • Bob

    Hey there. What would you recommend? Modding the driver myself or using your upload? I can follow your guide perfectly fine and successfully modded the driver but I’m curious if you’re driver has anything extra ontop of what was discussed on page 1?

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      The v3 mod has all those features you can see on the screenshot posted. If you follow the guide you won’t have all those options/features but performance will be the same between v3 package and modded yourself package.

  • ilyon

    Impossible to contact you privately via “contact”.

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      Uh oh, the caching system is acting up. The form should work now. And thanks for your support.

  • AZONIC_rus

    Hi!
    Very good.
    if you remember my system I have avg 49 now and 27 min FPS.
    But I think that SMAA injector doesn’t work anymore…

    • pred

      SMAA works fine for me with Total War : Shogun 2, PES 2012, F1 2011 etc. whats the error given in your log?

      • AZONIC_rus

        i don’t know
        @full path: D:\Games\Battlefield 3\
        redirecting CreateDXGIFactory1
        redirecting D3D11CreateDeviceAndSwapChain
        redirecting IDXGIFactory1->CreateSwapChain
        initialising shader environment
        redirecting IDXGISwapChain->ResizeBuffers
        performing Cleanup11
        initialising shader environment
        redirecting IDXGISwapChain->ResizeBuffers
        performing Cleanup11
        initialising shader environment
        redirecting IDXGISwapChain->ResizeBuffers
        performing Cleanup11
        initialising shader environment
        @

      • AZONIC_rus

        And it doesn’t works with BF3…

      • AZONIC_rus

        Sorry:) it works…

  • Joe

    Nice, Just installed the modded drivers you had done already over the top of 12.3′s no problem, unlocked new features in CCC will do some testing now

    device manager HD7900 CCC – ATI Radeon HD 5700 series ;) nifty

  • Devesc

    Great job,
    If I just unlocked hidden optimization it should perform better than the stock ones, but is there any other options in the CCC that we should touch for a splendid image quality and a better performance ?

    Playing on a crossfire 6990m.

    Thanks

  • Andy

    Unfortunately SSAA doesn’t work with this mod v3 driver (HD6800 Series), i tested it with Crysis2, Dragon Age 2, Two Worlds2 in DX11/10. Instalation successfully, hidden features are enabled in CCC.

  • Campdude

    Is it possible to MOD the XP 7970 drivers so that Crossfire can be enabled…

    It looks like the 7970 XP drivers will not recieve official Crossfire support!
    But if somehow in that list of stuff can we enable crossfire.

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      “Will not be officially supported” doesn’t necessarily mean that CF won’t work at all. But if CF won’t work at all with XP I’ll look into it. But I’ll need a lab rat for that…keep in touch.

      • campdude

        I dont mind being a lab rat and testing modded xp crossfire drivers… the 12.4”s came out they definately need some crossfire mod.

        Im not 100% sure but the GTX 580 3072 meg should be able to SLI in XP.
        the 3 gig video card shouldnt be a problem if i’m right.

  • LOLO

    installed just the display driver and now my 4770 now runs rracing like ass ( from 60 to 30fps)

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      If you installed just the display driver than you actually didn’t do anything. In order to apply the mod Catalyst Control Center must be installed with the package !

      The FPS difference can’t be accounted to the mod if you didn’t install CCC, sorry.

  • bouu

    Hello,

    i use HD 6650m + 6520g Series GPU in Crossfire mode, so which GPU settings should i take to overclock? Can i also take the 7900 config or it’s a bad idea?

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      There’s no OC involved with modding drivers, just install it and see how they work. Modding to 7900 is the most obvious choice, 7900 being the newest and most powerful AMD GPU at this time but you can MOD to whatever GPU you want.

  • Gilbert

    Hello, this is my first visit and I find that ur post is amazing, but I’m totally newbie about this.

    I’m using AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5470 with switchable graphics feature.
    Is it really okay for me to try this? I dunno about the side effects though.

    Thanks

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      Again, in theory there shouldn’t be any issues with your switchable graphics environment but I can’t guarantee that it will work. It’s trial and error.

      • Josh

        Hello Johny 3D, thank you very much for this tutorial. I have tried several of your modded drivers on my ATI 5870 and they worked just fine without any isues at all. I take it the mod’s worth is a couple FPS more over standard catalyst. My question is, just to be sure, does EQAA work with 5000 series? It looks to me it works but sort of half way, not as properly as on 7000 cards. Or am I wrong, does EQAA not do anything for 5000 cards?

  • IIronclad

    Do these drivers SSAA works on
    HD6850?

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      The question is actually pertinent, the answer is no, SSAA will not work with DX10+ games after applying this mod. Read the underlined text on the first page for more details.

  • Dariuz

    How about u read the article Ironclad so you know.It enables super sampling SSAA

    also on dx10 & 11 which was only possible for the new 7000 cards.

    Is v2 premodified or is file modification still neccessary after unpacking ??

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      You probably meant v3 (current version) but yes, it its pre-modified, you only need to install it.

  • Shidapu

    @BenchmarK3D Im just asking, though you’ve already posted a guide how to mod it yourself, would you be able to supply Modded drivers from the latest and greatest every month? I would dearly be interested in this, as im running the 5000series cards in CF and have to wait for an upgrade to the 7000 series.. $$ Issues.. hehe :)

  • michael

    I understand that there is not written but another way to contact you, I have not found Friends I need your help! I unlocked the video card XFX 6950 1GB ZNFC va.1 And I got a problem with the video card. I periodically lost signal from the video card and the system says that the video driver has stopped responding. unfortunately I lost my mother and bios please give me the bios for the XFX 6950 1GB ZNFC va.1 and help eliminate my problem. Kind regards. Michael

  • michael

    Sorry I did not communicate in English

  • michael

    Recently, I have the monitor goes from bad BIOS stitched so I cant check the modified driver definitely V3

  • mark

    v3 actually decreased fps and increased stutter in some games which were absent in v1

  • SolidEther

    Good implementation of your time. I wish I could of been around to talk with you but ..I hope I at least inspired the idea.

  • michael

    Hi BenchmarK3D. I sew four probyval BIOS of your links. Give your video card BIOS – you xfx 6950 1gb

  • michael

    I sewed 4 bios of your links. Give your video card BIOS – you xfx 6950

  • lolo

    Dude I installed and uninstalled 12.3, now where it says Catalyst version it says 12.4 modded by blah blah, how do I change that!”!

    • lolo

      I did install the modded version but then I installed back my 12.3, but the name is incorrecct.

      • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

        Do a driver sweep, that will remove any left over files.

        • lolo

          I did pass driver sweeper. The name is not changing.

          I don’t want the label “12.4 Modded by Benchmark3D” in every new Catalyst driver I’ll install from here on!

          Is there any way to change it manually?

          • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

            Open regedit and do a search for 12.4 Modded by BenchmarK3D and edit delete every value you find. Pretty strange because that key should get overwritten with every ccc install…

  • Chax

    I am using Xfire 6970M in my M18x system, I tried reinstalling this moded driver after uninstalling the older driver that I had, using driver sweeper and CCleaner. I am still unable to get the modified values under CCC, any advice?

    • Bob

      Did you download the newest version of the modified drivers? I had this problem with v1.
      The newest atm is v3.

      • Chax

        Yes bob, I installed the ver 3.

  • deuceduzit

    These drivers are by far the best drivers I have used with my trifire for bf3. Game no longer stutters in trifire! Thank YOU!

  • deuceduzit

    Anyone know how to make the clocks go into power saving mode? Only real problem I see is the clocks sticking at full speed and sometimes be at 100% load while idle…. Other than that, this driver performs like no other.

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      I’ve noticed that but usually the clocks reset upon some 3D load. And the issue only appears once every 3 or 4 installs.

  • Rashid

    Hi
    When i download version 3, i get errors when un raring it
    Could you help?

  • Rashid

    Hi
    I got errors trying to unrar the V3 file
    Is this normal?

  • Rashid

    Also, since I installed the beta driver, in catalyst centre I only see 3 options, pinned, prefernces and hydra. It has decreased. is something wrong

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      You are probably using an old version of WinRar or some outdated app. Use the latest WinRar or 7zip to properly unzip the archive.

      • Rashid

        I have an updated version of winrar, and I even downloaded it twice, i don’t know whats wrong

        • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

          Go to Preferences and select Advanced View.

  • alex

    oye amigo yo lo hice pero no me aparecio a ora voy a probar con el que tienes modificado para ver si funciona mi tarjeta es una amd hd radeon 6570

  • DARIUz

    Thx so much.Incredible work youre doing.

    More FPS and even SSAA on dx10/11 with 6000 cards.

    Youre awesome.

  • Mahmoud

    please is the ssaa work with dx9 or dx11 ?

  • alex

    excelente baje el que ya tienes modificado y si aparece genial

  • Sid Dash

    Which is the best modded driver for Sapphire ATI 5870 1GB?
    I am currently using the modded driver with this version:8.97-120418a-137336E-ATI
    Almost solved all the problems with this modded driver.Still I wish to know if there are any other modded driver better than this.
    Thanks

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      That driver is the best one yet. But what kind of problems do you have?

  • SolidEther

    I have been following this very interesting experiment of yours J and I must say I have looked over everything and tried it and by god man I think you’ve done it. To coin a popular phrase.LOL To think this all came from the initial digging into into the .Dlls that disabled 3rd party graphics OC support. Great use of technical scientific theory.

    THEORY- Can end level Radeon user unlock features hidden by manufacturer in earlier models of GPU to test for later models then allow the features full use on said experimental model.

    THE QUESTION?_ Upon discovering the fact that said manufacturing process allows for end level user (VERY CLEVER USERS) to manipulate files to unlock performance gains in certain models of GPU.

    THE HYPOTHESIS_ As it was seen that said manufacturer has been known to use mere code addition or deletion that is accesible to end users to bind test features in earlier range of GPU models it would make sense that there could and most likely are other features tested and hidden on earlier models.

    THE EXPERIMENT_ SEE THIS ARTICLE :)

    THE CONCLUSION_ A very discernable success a proving that there are hidden features supressed and upon finding them and unlocking this allows earlier ranged models to see feature and performance improvements. This is something that should be tested and manipulated quickly for maximum proficiency in advancement as the said manufacturer of GPU drivers could possibly include blocking code to prevent further advancements as they will indeed want to supress this to intice upgrade of models sooner rather than later.

    GREAT WORK…j

    Much Respect for BM3D!

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      I wouldn’t call it a full success. The main reason was to enable DX10+ SSAA but it turned out that you can’t.

      But glad it wasn’t a full failure, those extra 1-2 FPS aren’t much but at least there are some pros for doing this.

  • SolidEther

    Man I just posted a rather large perhaps intelligent comment Did it dissapear on post? TEST

  • wave4mer

    Hi,

    Been reading with interest, I have an Asus Ares & PCS HD5870 in trifire – Do I still require the CAPS with these modded CCC

    thanks

    • http://benchmark3d.com Johnny 3D

      Yes, always install the latest CAPs

  • alex

    thanks for your work!

  • CoNDe

    I have a new computer, AMD FX 6100 Six core, 8GB DDR3 Hyperhex and a Shapphire 6870, playing with resolution 1280×1024 with SSAA x2 Getting average of 80 FPS, but the game is not stable at 60 FPS, which drivers could you recommend for me?

  • Richard

    sorry if im being dumb but i want to download the latest 8.97 18 April – 7900 MOD for my 6950. which is the correct link?

    http://benchmark3d.com/amd-catalyst-8-97-18-april-7900-mod
    or
    http://benchmark3d.com/amd-catalyst-modding-guide-and-performance-test/2

    also. if i install the downloaded drivers, do i still have to make the manual changes outlined here to get the performance increase?

  • Richard

    sorry if im being dumb but i want to download the latest 8.97 18 April – 7900 MOD for my 6950. which is the correct link?

    also. if i install the modded drivers, do i still have to make the manual changes outlined here to get the performance increase?

  • Dennis Mungai

    Does this modded driver allow overclocking for the ATI Mobility GPUs?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002926455826 Oliver A. Galleguez

    Hey! Can this mod make my HD 7400M/7470M work in Windows 8? The graphics works fine in 7 but the dedicated memory is not detected in Windows 8. Please help. Thanks :)