Some 8 days ago I got an eMail from AMD claiming a set of great new "Omega" drivers were available for my Radeon 7850 card. This is what it started off with:
AMD CATALYST™ OMEGA SOFTWARE UPGADE:
EXTRA PERFORMANCE - NO EXTRA COST
The AMD Catalyst™ software suite is engineered to unlock new capabilities in AMD APUs and AMD Radeon™ GPUs based on GCN architecture. Download the latest update, the AMD Catalyst™ Omega driver, for enhanced performance, reliability, and energy efficiency – with no extra cost:
- Early buyers of an AMD Radeon™ R9 290X who download and install AMD Catalyst Omega today can realize up to 19% faster gameplay with Civilization: Beyond Earth™1
- Users of AMD’s advanced APUs like the A10 7850K can achieve up to 29% faster gaming performance with Batman: Arkham Origins™2
Something like that would make you think everything ought to be faster after the driver upgrade, no? And maybe (because of the use of the word "unlock") even have more capabilities.
Nope. No more capabilities, and pretty much the same as or a little worse than its predecessor version, Catalyst 14.9, in performance.
See for yourself:
Benchmarks that imply performance for normal desktop use:
Benchmarks that indicate potential 3D performance, e.g., for modeling applications or games.