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AMD Catalyst 15.5 Beta Driver Now Available, Improves Performance In Project CARS & The Witcher 3


AMD has released a new beta driver which offers performance improvements for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Project CARS. According to the changelog the driver adds a Crossfire profile for The Witcher 3 while offering up to 10% performance increase on single GPU Radeon R9 and R7 series, as well as up to 17% performance increase on multi-GPU Radeon R9 and R7 Series setups.

The new Beta driver can be downloaded here.

AMD Catalyst 15.5 Beta driver Release Notes can be viewed below.


Crossfire Profiles updates for:

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Performance Improvements for the following:

  •  The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt: Up to 10% performance increase on single GPU Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics products
  • Project Cars – Up to 17% performance increase on Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics products

Known Issues:

  • The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt: Crossfire users may experience poor performance or random flickering. As a workaround we suggest disabling Anti-Aliasing from the game’s video – post processing settings. If the issues persist further, we suggest disabling Crossfire while we continue to work with CD Projekt Red to resolve this issue.
  • Project CARS: Corruption may be observed if Anti-Aliasing is set to DS2M. As a workaround we suggest using a different Anti-Aliasing setting.

Optimizing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Performance on AMD Radeon Graphics

Further to installing Catalyst 15.5 Beta, there are additional manual steps AMD Radeon customers can take to improve the performance of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Please refer to the following KB support page in order to ensure you get the best possible experience in The Witcher 3.

A new mod for the PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been made available, named E3FX which as the name suggests it tries to mimic the E3 2013 trailer. You can check out and download the mod here.

CD Projekt RED has finally released the new update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with the free DLC on Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4. The update includes a sexy new look for Yennefer and a new mission for Geralt.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt had the biggest UK release of the year so far, crashing Battlefield Hardline's week one sales by 53 per cent. 63% of physical sales were on the PlayStation 4, followed by 32% on the Xbox One and 5% on PC. The majority of PC sales were digital though. On top of that it seems that it managed to top both the Steam and Green Man Gaming charts as well.

The game has received another patch and the patch notes state an improvement of the texture rendering quality on High and Ultra settings.

The Witcher 3 Hunter’s Config is a nice little tool offering easy access to graphical options, and it's certainly worth a look.

As we have previously covered a few adjustments in the ini files can improve the grass quality in The Witcher 3, as well as the performance. A workaround on how to run HairWorks on AMD GPUs without crippling performance, has also been made available, enabling AMD GPU users to enjoy The Witcher 3 with HairWorks enabled, while getting better performance than GeForce users not using a Maxwell architecture Nvidia GPU.

A set of beautiful 4K screenshots of the PC version and some 4K gameplay footage, demonstrates just how amazing The Witcher 3 can look.

The Witcher 3 is available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. We will bring you any new information on The Witcher 3 as soon as it becomes available.