AMD’s first driver update of 2011 has arrived and it brings general performance improvements and one targeted improvement.  NGOHQ is hosting the driver and have posted the list of features and improvements so you can see what the general changes are.  The real interesting bit is the performance changes to tessellation with a new AMD Optimized settings that improve the performance of heavily tessellated games without impacting the visual quality. There are currently no games with profiles for the optimization but you can expect to see that change soon.  In the meantime you can manually control tessellation settings for the entire system. 

“The Catalyst Control Center includes an early prototype of some new tessellation controls. Our goal is to give users full control over the tessellation levels used in applications. The default selection “AMD Optimized” setting allows AMD, on a per application basis, to set the best level of tessellation. The intention is to help users get the maximum visual benefit of Tessellation, while minimizing the impact on performance. Currently no applications have been profiled, so the “AMD Optimized” setting will be non-operational until further notice.”

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