The 10.12 drivers actually performed better than the 11.1 and the 11.1a drivers until we overclocked our 6970, which allowed our card to finally beat the 10.12 scores. Also, notice that the 11.1 out performed the 11.1a drivers too. With this being our first test, hopefully this is not a sign of things to come.
In the Vantage testing, the 11.1 driver won this battle with the 10.12 and 11.1a coming in 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Even overclocked, the 11.1a driver could not keep up with the 11.1 and 10.12 drivers.
Once again, the 11.1 drivers come out on top with the 10.12 behind them and the 11.1a following up in 3rd. The 11.1 drivers beat the 11.1a drivers by over a thousand points (6.3%) and also ended up beating the 10.12 drivers by about 5% as well.
With the 11.1a hotfix drivers, they seem to be a let down so far in our tests as the 11.1 drivers out performed them in every test. The 10.12 drivers have also held their own in these tests, which is also a bad sign for the 6970. Hopefully, the game tests prove to be better than what we have seen so far in the synthetic tests.