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Battlefield 4 Mantle update released, AMD drivers missing

Battlefield 4 Mantle update released, AMD drivers missing

Battlefield 4 is the first game to use AMD's new Mantle API.

The much anticipated Mantle update for Battlefield 4 is now available but unfortunately no-one can try it as AMD hasn't yet released the compatible driver.

Johan Andersson, one of the Technical Directors of the Frostbite engine team at DICE, the developer of Battlefield 4, took to the Battlefield 4 website to announce the update early on 30 Jan. However, some seven hours later the option to turn on Mantle is still unavailable as AMD hasn't made available the required version 14.1 beta drivers.

Quite what the mix up has been is not yet known but the announcement has seemingly caught not just journalists and the public by surprise but AMD itself.

The release marks the official unveiling of Mantle, with Battlefield 4 being the first game to use the new API. Also available today is a demo of StarSwarm, a spaceship fighting game, which also takes advantage of Mantle. StarSwarm should be available to download on Steam at 8pm GMT.

Mantle is AMD's new API that it claims can help improve performance, compared to existing cross-platform APIs like DirectX and OpenGL, by providing more direct access to AMD CPU and GPU hardware. In Battlefield 4 the company is claiming performance benefits of up to 58% in singleplayer mode on a multi-GPU rig, 25% in a high-end single GPU rig and up to 14% when used with the AMD 7850K Kaveri APU.

We're poised to start benchmarking as soon as the drivers become available. We just hope it's soon...

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Instagib 30th January 2014, 20:20 Quote
"Got there timing a bit off" - their.

The Beta drivers only support Mantle on R9 290s and 290Xs though. :( The rest of us on 280Xs or 7970s will have to wait.

Also, have they fixed the game yet?
SAimNE 30th January 2014, 21:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Instagib
"Got there timing a bit off" - their.

The Beta drivers only support Mantle on R9 290s and 290Xs though. :( The rest of us on 280Xs or 7970s will have to wait.

Also, have they fixed the game yet?

270x and the apus are also all mantle compatible if i remember right.
Assassin8or 30th January 2014, 21:17 Quote
The delay is to get full GCN coverage in the Mantle driver rather than releasing with just GCN1.1 support. That means HD7xx0, R9 280X, R7 270(X) and HD8xx0 support released too.

Edit: in the end it looks like an installer issue caused a delay
Corky42 31st January 2014, 11:41 Quote
It seems the driver maybe delayed until this weekend.
http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/update_on_amd_catalyst_14_1_mantle_driver_release.html
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During the QA process, we identified an installation issue in AMD Catalyst 14.1 that renders it unsuitable for distribution for testing in your labs. We are testing a new build overnight and will update you on its status by mid-afternoon Eastern Standard Time on January 31. We apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience and understanding.

This is the press-driver as we have just learned, AMD promised the media at least 24 hours with the driver prior to release to do some internal testing. We do hope it'll be out fairly soon. But at this stage, nothing is certain whatsoever.
http://wccftech.com/amd-confirms-mantle-catalyst-driver-delay-labeled-142-beta-gpus-support/
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The Mantle Catalyst driver 14.2 BETA will initially feature support for only four GPUs at launch which include the Radeon R9 290X, Radeon R9 290, Radeon R7 260X and the Radeon R7 200 series integrated Kaveri APUs.
Pookie 31st January 2014, 18:04 Quote
Hopefully this will help go towards fixing all the issues with 290 series cards and not just implement mantle.
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