Worked well for me. In a quick vs AI match the performance seemed up, 50-60s dipping into high 40's in combat (on a 970, Extreme) as apposed to mid forties. But will have to check under same conditions on .9 as it was a small map. Quite a lot of screen tear though the same is true for 0.9
Injured Dread billowed smoke and fire, is that in the game already? Looked so epic. Shame I couldn't click on the Dread to see its health without disbanding the army. Turned out to be 76/12000 haha, so close. (Alt brings up a health bar but would be nice to see the numbers of an individual unit if you click on a unit within an army)
Did a 3 player FFA with humans who had all got this version, but it crashed After...15 minutes maybe.
Some UI changes with different coloured stuff. Have you thought of making the Stategic map a bit more transparent? I know some don't like it blocking the game view. Though that is not a concern for me as I only bring it up very briefly each time.
A friend was just saying the other day how they liked they background on the main page, he might be sad to see it gone. Be kinda cool to have it as an option.
The new background does look pretty cool, if not so neat. Much better than the tiny peak of it I saw preceding some of the benchkmarks put out by the tech sites. I would make the distortion effect between scenes a touch shorter and less harsh, they are a little jarring. Though perhaps that is the intent.