I have a new notebook from Dell (Inspiron 15R SE) with a really new graphics card, a Radeon 7730M (release date: 24th april 2012 - GCN architecture) and I am actually really proud of it, but I am really disappointed about the drivers which are downloadable from Dell (but developed by AMD). The latest drivers (also beta) from the AMD catalyst site doesn't work for me. Enduro also seems to be only a marketing gag because it doesn't work for me as well. It is stated that it can dynamically switch from Intel graphics to AMD graphics and vice versa according to computational load (similar to Nvidia's Optimus technology), but what I must do is to statically predefine which graphics device should be used for which application (Switchable Graphics), which only seems to work for a tiny batch of games (example: Neverwinter Nights 2 - started with 'high performance' preset, but in-game it uses Intel *lol*). I don't want to play with Intel graphics in a 3D game, for desktop usage it is okay but in 3D games it is a waste of compute resources to use Intel. Also the drivers seem to be buggy in some rendering situations that they trigger BSODs (I think it is in situations when they use offscreen rendering targets, e.g. Half-Life 2: video transmissions) (Bug report has already been submitted to AMD). I am very disappointed that AMD is not capable to release fully functional drivers (e.g. promised functions like Enduro) for their latest cards.
Btw when can we expect a driver release with 7000M series support?Versions 12.6 and 12.7 beta seem to not support them though the 12.7 beta states that it supports it (http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Catalystbetadriver1.aspx). Quote: This article applies to the following configuration(s): ... AMD Mobility Radeon HD 7000M Series ... What the hell?! Please enlighten me.
Is there anybody else who has that problem?
//edit: What I am also missing is a button/feature to use only Intel HD or Radeon exlusively. I have already looked up the BIOS, but there is no feature like that, so please integrate that also in your drivers. Would be a great feature! Btw with my last Dell, all was fine with the AMD reference drivers (not always due to driver bugs).
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