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Created On: 01/30/2013 05:57 AM
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 01/30/2013 05:57 AM
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Hello again guys,

Here's the question, I know that the newer driver (12.11 beta, 13.1) will increase the performance on the HD 7000 series card, does the older card mine HD 6870 will get a performance boost like the HD 7000 series card  ?




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Edited: 01/30/2013 at 06:07 AM by stargaz3rr
 01/30/2013 08:42 AM
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I've never uesd BETA drivers, personally. I'm not really intrested in bug tesitng for AMD (or Nvidia).

The realease notes (the top of the download page) cover the optimisations in a given driver release. There are generally improvements or bug fixes for various games, but there may be overall performance improvements as well. Three would also be improvements for Xfire and things like the more user friendly 3D settings in Control Center in the 13.1 release.

If there's nothing in the release notes that look beneficial to you there is no real need to update. I know some people update with every driver, but I usually only update a couple of times a year. A bit of an "if it ain't broke" thing.



 01/30/2013 09:17 AM
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You know, these performance differences between any driver releases may sound good if you look at the % value. But in real life, it usually manifests as 0,00002344 fps gain. Nothing you can notice in any way except for synthetic benchmarks.

I usually install every new driver release including betas, but not because of performance gains, only I like to do it.

The only situation where updating all the time can be important if you run linux. Those drivers are so terrible that every single update matters.


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