To be honest downloading and installing the latest RoF from a torrent is not going to make any difference. The version on your CD gets updated to exact same version as the torrent, otherwise you couldn't logon to the game. It is an absolutely identical version wether you download the latest torrent or update your older version.
1. RoF 1.020 worked perfectly on AMD/ATI GPUs.
2. Update RoF to 1.021 with no other changes to the system/os/hardware/drivers.
3. RoF broken on AMD/ATI GPUs
Well, to be fair, I don't think 1.020 worked perfectly
on AMD video cards…I certainly still had to lower my settings beyond what I can achieve with other games. My rig should be capable of churning out good FPS with 50% memory usage, but it never has, even before 1.021.
SO, My update from last night's download of the update:
I downloaded the update from the start-up menu, and installed. Everything went smoothly. I then bought the SpadVII (awesome plane, btw,) and its field modifications. I then started up RoF and tried out a Quick Mission. Everything seemed pretty darn normal, FPS was good, and no shadow glitches.
I then deleted my old career, and started a new Spad VII career. Again, things seemed to be going well, BUT…Taking off and flying for a bit at low level didn't produce any stutter that I could notice. However, upon flying an entire mission, and returning to base, my descent into the aerodrome revealed a noticeable stutter. How bad was the stutter? I don't know if I would say it was game-ruining, but it still made landing slightly harder. The odd aspect of the stutter was that it was in bursts. FPS was smooth, then all of a sudden, a half second pause. Then a second or two of smoothness, then another stutter. As I got lower and lower, the increment of time between stutters increased, and then as I landed it seemed that my FPS had simply decreased.
Overall though, I would not say the performance drop is dramatic. I certainly haven't noticed anything amiss while I was in the air flying around.
EDIT: I think I should mention that unless the new skin-packs were included in the update torrent, I didn't download any new skins. The Spad VII, at least, only has one default skin on my current game. I don't know if this could be contributing at all…
2011 (two week-old) HP Envy 17
Windows 7 64 bit
Intel i7 2GHz
Radeon HD 6850M
8 GB of memory
My current settings for the game are:
Post Effects: OFF
Full-screen with FPS limiter to 50
All other settings medium to high.
AA at 8x
Visibility distance at 50
Low sound quality
24% memory usage
Although these problems are annoying, I urge people to exercise restraint when posting their issues on the forum. I'm not a moderator, but still, there is a difference between reacting
to the new AMD issues, and being proactive
in fixing them. Reactionary, knee-jerk anger is understandable, but posting it all over the public forum doesn't do anyone any favors, and it just makes it all that much harder to pick through it to find useful information. I want to remind everyone we occupy a niche market of gamers; I'm glad RoF is doing well, but we can't just hammer away at the devs and expect them to act like some corporate, monolithic edifice. In fact, I'm glad they don't, because it means they listen to us, as opposed to some massive publishing company that doesn't give two hoots about resolving issues after a game launch. We should all be so lucky.