AMD GPU owners who happen to be fans of racing sims had a nasty surprise waiting for them with the arrival of Need for Speed SHIFT.  They took a big performance hit compared to similar nVIDIA GPUs, enough that the attention of both AMD and EA’s attention.  Thus the pending release of the second patch, specifically designed to improve the performance of AMD cards along with a beta of Catalyst 9.12, tantalizingly labelled Hemlock, arrived on [H]ard|OCP’s door.  Check out the results.

“We have an exclusive first look at performance in Need for Speed SHIFT using a new patch due out at the end of this month, as well as a new AMD driver which improves performance in this game. We test gameplay on nine video cards, low end to high end, and examine gameplay performance and image quality.”

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