Saturday, August 18, 2012

Catalyst 12.8 is out

AMD released this month's driver update. Time to update? Let's have a look.

Updating the driver

On Ubuntu it's a good idea to remove the current proprietary driver before installing a newer one. Past experience shows this is less problematic than just updating straightaway.

~$ sudo sh /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh

Reboot, then install the latest Catalyst driver.

~$ sudo sh amd-driver-installer-8.982-x86.x86_64.run

Reboot then you're done.

Performance

Unigine Sanctuary benchmark

Unigine Tropics benchmark

Unigine Heaven benchmark

Running Unigine Santuary, Tropics & Heaven doesn't turn up anything interesting though. There might be an ever so slight performance degrade. Nothing significant to worry about at this point.