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AMD follows NVIDIA, releases Battlefield 3-specific driver

by Tarinder Sandhu on 27 September 2011, 09:59

Tags: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), Action/Adventure

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Gamers around the globe will know the open beta for Battlefield 3 is to be made available on September 29 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Even BF3's beta is a big deal for the PC community. We know this because NVIDIA has already released a beta driver, v285.38, which is said to improve performance by up to 38 per cent.

Now, just a little while later but before the beta's release, AMD has followed suit and also released Battlefield 3-specific drivers. The 11.10 preview driver is available here and has the following advices:

  • Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series for single GPU configurations
  • Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on CrossFire configurations using the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Enables support for Eyefinity 5x1 display (portrait and landscape) configurations  using the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Vision Engine Control Center:    User Interface enhancements have been implemented for the CrossfireX, GPU Overdrive, and Information Center pages.

Get your broadband primed, download the drivers, and in a few days' time let us know what you think of the NVIDIA and AMD games-playing experience in one of the year's most-anticipated games.



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Beta drivers and a beta game release. What could go wrong?
Many things.

Have to say I really dont know how they are going to fix all the bugs in 3 weeks.
Some shouldn't have left alpha stage. Some of the ones i've come accross:

  • When looking at other players, the models are leaning backwards, forwards or sideways at funny angles.
  • Players are often half way through the floor or wall.
  • If there are players on another level above you can see when guns are dropped or health/ammo packs etc.
  • If a player lags they appear out of nowhere like ghosts. Whats annoying is you are worse off because of their lag, they will be shooting stright in front of you but by the time their model has floated through the wall or train, as often is the case, its too late.
  • Some texture elements of the map cause black polygons to appear on screen. At first I thought I'd activated a wall hack but I then got closer to the texture it disagreed with and it was smashed glass on the floor with twisted polygons.
  • Floating when you kneel against a solid object (tree, wall) or kneel on stairs. Your model cant keep still and starts moving, very irritating when taking out a sniper that hadn't seen you.
Of course this is beta so overall I'm very impressed with how the game is shaping up. And the fact my GF285 doesnt need to be upgraded I'm very happy that I dont need to spend money. In an about turn, thank god for consoles, saving PC gamers money every year.

The Origin thing is awful however, eventually when you're in the game you can completely forget it exists, although you have to coz you'll go mad if you dont.
Is that a problem with the AMD drivers then AGTDenton?
kalniel
Is that a problem with the AMD drivers then AGTDenton?

That was tested with a nVidia GF28 + GeForce 285.38 Driver (Beta)

Not tested with my AMD rig coz its XP. BF3 doesnt support XP as is the growing trend in gaming.
Most of the bugs were fixed just after the beta was released there is a strange process and apparently they have fixed nearly all bugs, even if they haven't people will complain and they will sort it out with patches just so they don't lose any sales.