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Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:00 PM



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Examining AMD’s Driver Progress Since Launch Drivers: R9 290X & HD
7970

AMD and Nvidia both talk fairly big when it comes to driver updates.
With every driver iteration that is released we hear the usual
technical (or should that be marketing?) talk about improved
performance in this, that and the other. After a lot of thinking I
decided I wanted to investigate further. Wouldn't it be interesting to
see how much progress AMD and Nvidia actually make with their
drivers over the duration of a product's life cycle? We'll be starting
this two piece series with AMD and in particular I want to look at the
last two flagship single GPUs of each generation. I'll be putting the
XFX AMD HD 7970 Double Dissipation 3GB graphics card on the test bench
along with the XFX AMD R9 290X Double Dissipation 4GB graphics card:
that's the flagship single GPUs of the HD 7000 and R9 2xx series. I
will be benchmarking both graphics cards on an identical test system
at stock clocks under two different scenarios. Scenario 1 is using the
AMD driver package that they launched with and scenario 2 is using the
most recent AMD driver package made available. In this way we are able
to see the driver progress that AMD's HD 7970 and R9 290X have made
since they were both launched.

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http://www.eteknix.c...9-290x-hd-7970/



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