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AMD releases Catalyst 12.11, new Radeon games bundles

AMD releases Catalyst 12.11, new Radeon games bundles

Selected AMD Radeon graphics cards now come with a games bundle featuring some triple-A titles, plus a new driver with FPS-boosting powers.

AMD has announced that it's going to be pushing its graphics hardware with a new games bundled, dubbed Never Settle, coinciding with the release of the final Catalyst 12.11 drivers and a claimed significant boost in performance.

The Never Settle bundle packages a selection of new-release titles with selected AMD graphics boards, depending on which board you buy. To get your hands on the top-spec bundle, which includes copies of Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution and Far Cry 3, along with a voucher for 20 per cent off Medal of Honor: Warfighter, you'll need to be shelling out for one of the company's top-end Radeon HD 7900 boards.

If you prefer a bit of CrossFire action, buying two HD 7800s will get you everything bar Sleeping Dogs, as will the purchase of a pair of Radeon HD 7770 GHz Editions. If your budget doesn't stretch that far, buying either a Radeon HD 7800 or Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition on its own will get you Far Cry 3 plus the 20 per cent off voucher for Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

If that's not enough to tempt you into the red camp for you next upgrade, AMD has also launched version 12.11 of its Catalyst driver package - now known, and we're not making this up, as 'The Never Settle Driver Catalyst 12.11' - with promised performance boosts in a range of games.

The exact boost on offer varies depending on title and settings, but AMD is claiming framerate increases of just shy of 10 per cent on games including Borderlands 2, Civilization V, DiRT Showdown, Skyrim, Sleeping Dogs, Sniper Elite V2 and StarCraft II at resolutions between 1920x1080 and 2560x1600.

The games package is pretty strong, especially at the top end, and a clear answer to rival Nvidia's bundling of Borderlands 2 with selected boards of its own. Whether it will help stem the worrying losses AMD is currently experience, however, remains to be seen.

Catalyst 12.11, which we refuse to call by AMD's ridiculous moniker, will be available to download from AMD's support site shortly - at the time of writing, the latest non-beta download is still 12.8.

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TheDodoKiller 22nd October 2012, 12:42 Quote
Who in their right mind would buy 2 78XX's?

I can understand the top bundle being a 79XX, but 2 78XX and you only get 2 of the games? And worse performances?

Come on AMD, get with the programme.
Chicken76 22nd October 2012, 12:47 Quote
What countries is this promotion restricted to?
Gareth Halfacree 22nd October 2012, 12:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Chicken76
What countries is this promotion restricted to?
Still waiting to hear back from AMD on that - I'll update the story as and when they get back to me.
Gareth Halfacree 22nd October 2012, 16:00 Quote
AMD says it'll be EMEA-wide (plus the US and a few other places, naturally) with the relevant UK retailers being: Overclockers, DABS, Scan, Aria, CCL, eBuyer, Novatech and DinoPC.
Chicken76 22nd October 2012, 16:27 Quote
Thank you Gareth.
I understand the promotion will start when the 12.11 driver is going to be released as stable, right? But is there any info on how long this promotion is going to last? Is this a "promo available while stock lasts" kind of deal, as in they have a fixed number of game copies/codes to give?

Also, is there any information on how this promotion is going to run? Are new customers going to find in their boxes some game cards/vouchers, or do they have to register their card's S/N on a site to receive game keys?
james888 22nd October 2012, 17:17 Quote
If bit-tech doesn't have it yet, for those interested tpu has a great 12.11 performance analysis
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/
TC93 22nd October 2012, 18:55 Quote
Whats with the stupid full page ads you have to hunt to find the ext out of on here? It makes you not want to visit here.
fdbh96 22nd October 2012, 19:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by james888
If bit-tech doesn't have it yet, for those interested tpu has a great 12.11 performance analysis
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_Performance/

All my games seem to end a decrease in performance or am I just reading the graph wrong (bl2, bf3, and skyrim with a 7850)?
technogiant 22nd October 2012, 20:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by TheDodoKiller
Who in their right mind would buy 2 78XX's?

I can understand the top bundle being a 79XX, but 2 78XX and you only get 2 of the games? And worse performances?

Come on AMD, get with the programme.

Good point.....they should have made the bundle more crossfire friendly.......say 6 games available so you can select which 3 you want with each of your 79xx, which two with each of your 78xx etc etc.

Still the flip side of it being done this way is that there will be plenty of cheap game download tokens on ebay.
Henk 22nd October 2012, 20:48 Quote
Hmm, isn't the 8xxx series "just around" the corner, like, the beginning of next year? This doesn't entice me enough to buy a 7970 just yet...
rollo 22nd October 2012, 21:16 Quote
Will AMD stay in business long enough to release a 8xxx series, GPU department not making huge cash.
fdbh96 22nd October 2012, 22:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Henk
Hmm, isn't the 8xxx series "just around" the corner, like, the beginning of next year? This doesn't entice me enough to buy a 7970 just yet...

Round the corner is 2 months away, so I would say that a 7970 is still a good buy, especially with all the price drops.
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