There’s not much new in the latest Catalyst release for gamers really, so I decided to grab a couple games and run a comparison of 8.12 and 9.1 releases, and not do a whole bunch of games and benchmarks. I wasn’t expecting much of an improvement and didn’t really get any either, so no disappointments here.
Actually we see a small drop running the 9.1 drivers under DX9 with FC2.
Again here we see similar results
Next up we have Crysis, maxed settings, 1850×1050, 16xAA, Very High
A very small improvement over the 8.12 drivers
The average FPS drops a bit, though not playable at those rates with either driver version.
So is there anything new here, depends, I don’t see much new in terms of graphics performance really. The improvements are apparently more in the background and compatibility or bug fixes really, and of course the OpenGL 3.0 support now.
I did run other tests as well like Crysis Warhead and 3dMark06, and I got very similar results, not much new in terms of performance boosting properties with this release.