AMD Beta Driver Supports Watch Dogs, But Not Windows 8.0

AMD now offers the promised new Catalyst 14.6 Beta Driver for Windows, noting that as of this release they are no longer supporting Windows 8.0, advising users to upgrade for free to Windows 8.1 to take advantage of the new driver, noting they will leave the 14.4 beta available for Windows 8.0 users and will in the future offer a way for Win8 holdouts to use Windows 7 drivers. There is also a new AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta for Linux. Here are the performance improvements promised from the new Windows driver:

  • Watch Dogs performance improvements
    • AMD Radeon R9 290X - 1920x1080 4x MSAA – improves up to 25%
    • AMD Radeon R9290X - 2560x1600 4x MSAA – improves up to 28%
    • AMD Radeon R9290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra settings, MSAA = 4X) - 92% scaling
  • Murdered Soul Suspect performance improvements
    • AMD Radeon R9 290X – 2560x1600 4x MSAA – improves up to 16%
    • AMD Radeon R9290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra settings, MSAA = 4X) - 93% scaling
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May 27, 2014, 19:38
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May 27, 2014, 19:38
 
WaltC wrote on May 27, 2014, 18:50:
as in order to successfully update Win7/8 a valid, authorized install must first be detected.

thats wrong.. win7 will fully update an unauthorized version, and it will continue to get security updates forever, even after the 3 month trial period expires.. it just pops up a nag window every hour or so
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May 27, 2014, 19:08
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May 27, 2014, 19:08
 
smackdaddy wrote on May 27, 2014, 16:39:
Remember the phrase "up to" is interchangeable with the phrase "less than"

Which clearly doesn't seem to be the case here, pre 14.6 the 290x was barely able to outperform a gtx770, post 14.6 it leaves a gtx780 ti in the dust. Look at the results at 1600p ULTRA/ULTRA, minimum framerate, page 3, first and last graph ( middle is at high textures ).
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Re: AMD Beta Driver Supports Watch Dogs, But Not Windows 8.0 May 27, 2014, 18:50
May 27, 2014, 18:50
 
I've got a desktop, and have no problems installing 8.1 (the Technet/MSDN .iso is readily available online for anyone who wants it badly enough to Bing/Google it and download it)...;) I'm absolutely amazed that anyone alive is still running 8.0, just like I was surprised to see people running Windows 7 without updates and service packs--just so they wouldn't have to pay for it, I suppose, as in order to successfully update Win7/8 a valid, authorized install must first be detected. I also have few problems with 3d-card drivers, although I have had a few.

But the people I feel sorry for are the people who buy laptops but for some reason also want to use them as their primary gaming platforms. Bad move, that. I certainly cannot recommend it. Laptops are designed primarily to be portable business platforms, whereas desktops are not only ideal for all types of business, but are much better platforms for gaming.

Desktops for the most part, especially if you build your own Win8.1x64 box, are much closer than laptops in supporting the hardware and software standards that all 3d games require. Laptops often deviate from those standards in various ways that make them poor platforms for gaming in general. In every game forum I visit, the great majority of problem reports come from laptop owners. Also, even AMD's mobile Catalysts only support a few brands of laptops directly--the rest of the laptops require the laptop OEM to release 3d drivers because of their custom designs, etc.

If you want as close to problem-free gaming as it is possible to get with today's technology, be sure and settle for nothing less than a desktop as your primary gaming platform, imo (30 years of opinion, more or less...;)).
It is well known that I cannot err--and so, if you should happen across an error in anything I have written you can be absolutely sure that *I* did not write it!...;)
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May 27, 2014, 16:55
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May 27, 2014, 16:55
 
Wow, and I have to wipe my hard drive to get out of 8.0. (I did try the store link and two methods of offline installation.. none worked) Guess I'll skip this one.
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May 27, 2014, 16:39
 
Remember the phrase "up to" is interchangeable with the phrase "less than"
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