Graphic Card Performance with AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta Driver

I’m sure many of you are aware of the 13.11 Beta Drivers are already available for the AMD GPUs.

I thought I’d do a quick report on the performance boost I saw from 13.4 to 13.11 (I skipped 13.9)


Test Setup

Processor Intel Core i5-4670K
RAM Avexir Core Series 8GB DDR3-1600
Motherboard ASRock Z87M OC Formula
Cooler Cooler Master Seidon 120M
Monitor 40″ LCD TV
Power Supply Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W
Casing Cooler Master N200 Casing
Operating System Windows 8 Pro 64bit
Driver AMD Catalyst 13.4 / 13.11

Here’s the GPU-Z of the Radeon R9 280X from Asus.

Graphic Card Performance with AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta Driver


You probably seen the numbers before if you saw the latest update of my ASUS R9 280X DirectCU II Review.

Metro 2033

Metro 2033

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 75
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11) 76.5

Unigine Heaven 4.0

Heaven 4.0

Card 1080p (avg)
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 59.1
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11) 59.5

Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6
*Full HD at 1920×1080 – pardon me for the wrong screen resolution in the shot above.

Card 1080p (score)
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 11205
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11) 11441

Just Cause 2

Just Cause 2

Scene Card 1080p (avg)
Dark Tower ASUS Radeon R9 280X 122.50
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11) 121.90
Desert Sunrise ASUS Radeon R9 280X 152.73
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11) 153.28
Concrete Jungle ASUS Radeon R9 280X 87.72
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11) 87.42


Default settings

Card Score
ASUS Radeon R9 280X 7182
ASUS Radeon R9 280X (13.11) 7513

The Verdict

There’s a marked improvement on 3DMark scores but as for the rest of the games, the improvements are negligible.

The driver seems to be stable so far, for more details you may visit the 13.11 Beta Drive page.

From the page, it is stated the the games that you will see improvements are
– Total Warâ„¢: Rome 2 – improves performance up to 10%
– Splinter Cell® Blacklistâ„¢ – improves performance up to 7% on single GPU and AMD CrossFireâ„¢ configurations
– The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® – improves performance up to 9%

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