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New Need For Speed: Shift Patch Boosts AMD GPU Performance

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:59 am

Legit Reviews got their hands on the upcoming Need For Speed: Shift game update as well as some upcoming ATI CATALYST drivers. The game patch is said to offer improved ATI graphics card support as well as better multi-GPU performance for those that are luck enough to be running SLI or CrossFire. Read on to see what you can expect when the patch and drivers become public.

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This patch isn't out yet, but we managed to work our magic and get both the latest beta drivers from AMD and the game patch from EA to see how much smoother and better the game play will be for AMD video card users. We also toss in some NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 graphics cards into the mix to check out the SLI scaling since the patch is optimized for multi-GPUs. The results we are about to see will be interesting because if we see a huge jump we know that the game wasn't properly optimized for AMD graphics cards from the start. Could that have been because of NVIDIA marketing dollars like AMD implies or the fact that AMD didn't work closely enough with the game developer like NVIDIA suggests? We'll leave that question alone and just focus on the game title here!

Article Title: New Need For Speed: Shift Patch Boosts AMD GPU Performance
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Re: New Need For Speed: Shift Patch Boosts AMD GPU Performance

Postby Bwall » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:29 pm

Nice info Nate! Can't wait to get my hands on these updates!!!
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Re: New Need For Speed: Shift Patch Boosts AMD GPU Performance

Postby hexiumvii » Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:41 pm

Does the patch help loading times any?
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Re: New Need For Speed: Shift Patch Boosts AMD GPU Performance

Postby imsochobo » Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:16 am

seems like you guys went on a cpu bottleneck with 5870 crossfire in this game :P
126 fps isnt something to complain about though.
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Re: New Need For Speed: Shift Patch Boosts AMD GPU Performance

Postby Apoptosis » Sat Nov 14, 2009 7:10 pm

Just wanted to update everyone... AMD did get me a new beta driver that fixes the issue that I saw when benchmarking the game with the latest patch... Everything should be perfect when it comes out to the public very soon!!!
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Re: New Need For Speed: Shift Patch Boosts AMD GPU Performance

Postby Digital Puppy » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:16 pm

imsochobo wrote:seems like you guys went on a cpu bottleneck with 5870 crossfire in this game :P
126 fps isnt something to complain about though.

CPU bottleneck? Really?

The Intel Core i7 test system was run in dual-channel memory mode at 2133MHz with 8-8-8-24 1T memory timings thanks to the Kingston HyperX 2133MHz C8 memory kit. The ASUS P7P55D-E Premium motherboard was run with BIOS 0106 and set to run XMP profiles. This put the overall clock frequency of the processor at 3.75GHz!

From Apop's latest post, sounds like these were buggy drivers
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