AMD A10-7850K Performance Optimized Catalyst 14.2 Driver


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AMD A10-7850K Performance Optimized Catalyst 14.2 Driver

By Hank Tolman

With the release of AMD’s Kaveri APU and the realization of their heterogeneous compute vision, the A10-7850K has the potential to make a lot of changes in the way we use the processing power available to us. The A10-7850K can harness the full power of both its CPU and GPU cores equally, something that can benefit us, the end users, greatly. The problem is, that vision doesn’t fully come to life until developers start writing for it.

AMD_Kaveri_Chip_AngledThe Mantle API goes a long way toward helping developers efficiently take advantage of the capabilities offered by Kaveri and HSA. The current drivers available for Kaveri, 13.12 at the time of publishing, don’t support all of the features of Mantle. Don’t give up on Kaveri yet, however.

Catalyst 14.1 Beta was released, but wasn’t quite ready for prime time. Catalyst 14.2 Beta is better. You can download the Beta drivers from AMD’s website now and I’m going to tell you why you should. I’ve tested the Catalyst 14.2 Beta drivers and the performance increase across the board is amazing. Here are the results.

AMD_Kaveri_MantleTest System

  • Motherboards: ASUS A88X Pro
  • Processor: AMD A10-7850K
  • System Memory: 8GB AMD Radeon DDR3 2400MHz
  • Disk Drive: Seagate 1TB SSHD ST1000LM014
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W 80-Plus Certified
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Compute Benchmarks

  • AIDA 64
  • SiSoftware Sandra 2014
  • PCMark 8

DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications

Synthetic Benchmarks

  • 3DMark
    • Firestrike, Cloudgate, Ice Storm
  • 3DMark11
    • “Performance” settings (1280×720)
  • ComputeMark 2.1
    • Normal Presets, 1920×1080
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
    • Tesselation, Low Settings

Gaming Benchmarks

  • Tomb Raider
    • Normal Settings
  • Bioshock Infinite
    • Low Settings
  • Battlefield 4
    • Normal Settings


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