The drivers are sorted by their release date in the diagrams. The earliest version (8.7) is colored dark blue; the 8.10 and 8.11 drivers are colored red; and the new 8.12 driver is violet. That’s how it looks in the diagrams:
- Catalyst 8.7
- Catalyst 8.10
- Catalyst 8.11
- Catalyst 8.12
Two synthetic benchmarks come first.
Here you can note the advantage of versions 8.7 and 8.12 over the other the others in the AF + FSAA mode. This advantage can be observed in terms of overall score as well as in the HDR/SM3.0 test score. I did not find any difference in image quality between the fastest and slowest driver (3DMark gives you the opportunity to analyze specific frames in detail).
The first official driver for the RV770-based product series is the only one that fails in 3DMark Vantage. The other three versions released in 2008 deliver comparable performance. Catalyst 8.12 has negligible advantage over versions 8.10 and 8.11 in all of the 3DMark Vantage tests. There were image defects (loss of textures and distortions of the water surface) in the first test with Catalyst 8.10.
Unigine Tropics Demo
Like in 3DMark Vantage, Catalyst 8.12 is ahead and the gap is even wider.