AMD 7970 Driver and M18x R1 and M18x R2 compatibility thread

Discussion in 'Alienware 18 and M18x' started by Alienware-Mark_O, Jul 16, 2012.

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  1. Alienware-Mark_O

    Alienware-Mark_O Company Representative

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    Thank you for the feedback you have provided on the new driver release. I understand that there are many users having issues with the driver and we are tracking that.

    Here are the main points so far:
    M18xR1- Not loading the driver
    M18xR2- Degraded performance.

    Some of you have provided feedback on the driver so far, but we are looking for more. Can you please post exactly what errors (BSOD’s) and downgraded performance that you are experiencing and what you are doing when it happens. Be sure to include your model revision when posting.

    For now, my advice is to run the 12.7 beta driver while we sort out the issues with AMD. If you running the new driver without any issues, please provide any feedback you can as well including benchmarks.

    I thank you for your patience and will continue to have our guys in here answering questions and gathering feedback. Creating this thread as a consolidated thread from many others. Please point people to this thread, as it will be the one we will be using for feedback.
     
  2. SchneebalL

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    i will be receiving my R2 tomorrow with 7970m's so i will be watching this like a hawk !

    its nice to see you guys are doing something to address the problem +rep !!
     
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    I have a problem watching DVD and bluray where the right 1/3 if the screen is purple. This happens with both powerdvd and total media theatre. It does not happen when I switch to iGPU. And it happens regardless of crossfire on or off. Anyone else have this issue? This happened with the previous Dell driver also. I have never installed any other drivers other than the new Dell video drivers and my system install was using the factory restore, not a clean install.

    Edit: just just realized I probably should have started a new thread for this. Here is some feedback:

    3D mark 11 scores did not change for me. Around 10250. crossfire disabled its 5900.
     
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    Subscribed! - even though I dont have 7970m, I am keen to see how this unfolds....thanks for your continued support Mark.
     
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    Well Dell latest driver is almost same as AMD 12.6 Whql driver, Im usin Dell driver from last few days, performance is almost same. There are some flickerin issue ive encounter with Crysis 2 (which even occurs with 12.6). BF3 works fine without any issue.
     
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    I'm interesting on this too, because I was thinking of upgrade my graphics card. but with all this problem... i also hope that the NVidia 680M be vetter than the 580M and 7970M.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback so far. Want to keep this as a technical thread where we can capture good feedback to escalate. Good stuff so far! Keep it coming.
     
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    BF3 runs fine with these drivers but Skyrim has flickering issues when you pause the game and seems like there is a lag issue especially when outdoors.
     
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    These drivers given to us have inconsistent performance. This need to be rectified ASAP.

    These are the games that need crossfire support from that driver(trust me on this please):

    A) Crysis 1 and Warhead: 40 to fps on crossfire. This is a joke. Fix this ASAP.

    B) Skyrim. How come a single 7970m performs more stable than crossfire? It flickers too. Please make the crossfire work on this. Surely two powerful cards can run Skyrim more stable than one card,right?

    C) The Witcher 2 - make the fps consistent and remove random freezing please.

    D) Diablo 3- 90 fps on crossfire. Shouldn't at least run at 170fps( because that is the fps on 12.7 beta)

    Can we have your word that the AMD engineering are working on the games I mentioned above for improve performance? Please do not think I'm being harsh but I spent $3000 on two cards which I thought it would run faster without any issues. You can contact me directly if you need me to tell you the experience I have on these games.
     
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    Re-posted from another thread:

    Problems documented are UNDERLINED and ITALICIZED.



    Had a great time trying to install these after a clean driver removal (uninstall all AMD, reboot to safe mode, driver cleaner, reboot, used CCleaner on the registry).

    After I had these installed and I rebooted, had a BSOD when getting ready to install CAP 12.7. Thought, OK - and waited for the dump to finish and rebooted. BAM! Another BSOD.

    Booted into safe mode and used driver sweeper to get rid of them. Rebooted, used the installer to remove the rest of the AMD installs. Then ran CCleaner to remove anything extra in the registry.

    Tried installing a second time after all this and a fresh reboot. ONLY installed that new PX thing, Driver, and Control Center. Yellow warning symbol (not the green check mark) after install. Right clicked on desktop, no Catalyst Control Center like there should be as the installer SAID install was successful. Reinstalled AGAIN over top WITHOUT a reboot. Catalyst Control Center actually installed.

    Rebooted, installed CAP 12.7.

    Rebooted, set triple buffering and set profiles to use CAP by default.



    Ran Uniengine 3.0 with ALL settings at max, 60.9 FPS average, 19.1 min, 143.5 max, score 1534, GPU utilization at 98 to 99%. Seems to be right where it should at stock clocks.

    EDIT: 3DMark11 9910, 19 points lower than 12.6 WHQL (both stock clocks) - so well within margin of error.

    EDIT 2: Adrenaline Crysis 2 benchmark is about 3.2 FPS slower than 12.6 WHQLs at stock clocks, 90.2 FPS vs 93.4 FPS. Min FPS is UP by 0.1 FPS, well within margin for error.

    EDIT 3: Alan Wake, every setting maxed with Vysnc, 60 FPS solid. GPU utilization from 58 to 73%, which seems about right. I did noticed some flashing textures here or there in the beginning, the boat scene - mountains in the background (left side) has lengthwise pieces of textures go black and come back every 2 or 3 seconds while looking at them.

    EDIT 4: The Witcher 2 STILL has FPS drops, down to 40 - 45 at ultra settings with no Uber sampling and Vsync off (or on). GPU utilization goes from 68/69% for both when still, down to 58% for both when looking around and FPS drops. Beginning of the game, standing looking out at all the tents set up for the siege.

    EDIT 5: Rage has HORRIBLE screen tearing, low GPU utilization (55% MAX for both) and 32 to 45 FPS at max settings with vsync off, on, or smart Vsync. Looks and runs like crap.

    EDIT 6: Sniper V2 plays just as good, if not a little better than using 12.6 WHQLs, same for Metro 2033.

    EDIT 7: Skyrim still buttery smooth at 60 FPS with ~55% GPU utilization on both (tons of texture enhancers installed too). I CAN CONFIRM black flickering in the menu, which IS NOT present with 12.7 desktop betas.

    EDIT 8: Max Payne 3 runs perfect and over 110 FPS with max settings (FXAA, but no MLAA). With everything maxed out including MLAA, 88% GPU utilization on both and 45 to 55 FPS.

    EDIT 9: Battlefield 3 runs perfect. Even on a 64 player map on Ultra settings, FPS dips down to 45 only occasionally and usually is >75.

    EDIT 10: When I opened up my laptop to resume it this morning, apparently instead of sleeping it had a BSOD and shut down.

    I'm done with the "Dell official drivers." Going back to AMD's which actually work better, and more stably - but still not perfectly.

    Finally got fed up with the random texture flickering/disappearing problem. It's very easy to see in Heaven 3.0 with roofs popping in and out occasionally, and happens with Dell reference drivers and all AMD's BETAs and WHQLs. Replacement cards should be here Tuesday - I'll see then if it is a manufacturing defect or not. Oddly, this problem wasn't apparent to me at first, and has slowly grown WORSE.
     
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