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AMD Catalyst™ 12.6 and the AMD Catalyst™ 12.7 Beta Released

AMD has released not only the Catalyst 12.6, but also the beta for 12.7.  You can download them all here.  You might like the Diablo 3 AA support, or the speed improvements in Skyrim.  here are dome details.

 

 

Performance highlights of AMD Catalyst 12.7 Beta

  • Up to 25% Skyrim
  • Up to 6% in Crysis 2
  • Up to 20% in Total War: Shogun 2
  • Up to 3.3% in Battlefield 3
  • Up to 6.9% In 3DMark™ 11
  • Up to 4.8% in Aliens vs. Predator
  • Up to 6.5% in Batman: Arkham City
  • Up to 8% in Crysis Warhead
  • Up to 7.2% in F1 2010
  • Up to 8% in Just Cause 2
  • Up to 12% in Wolfenstein MP

Feature highlights of AMD Catalyst 12.7 Beta

Diablo 3: Anti-Aliasing support:

  • Users can now enable Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing and Super Sample Anti-Aliasing for Diablo 3 through the AMD Catalyst Control Center. 

Resolved Issues for the Windows® 7, Windows Vista® and Windows XP Operating System

  • Elder Scrolls: Skyrim- screen flickering when in AMD CrossFire™ mode
    Note: This issue was first observed with version 1.6 of Skyrim.

AMD Catalyst Drivers Get Windows 8 Certified

AMD has also announced that they have had their Catalyst drivers certified for Windows 8.

 

In the meantime, we’re proud to mention that our certified driver fully supports the new WDDM 1.2 driver model. As applications are updated to leverage this model’s new features, users with compatible products and this certified driver will be treated to a host of new features:

Native Stereo 3D support: Windows® 8 natively supports stereoscopic 3D gaming and videos via compatible applications. Middleware applications will not be required for such apps.1
Unified Video API: Video playback has been integrated into the DirectX® 11 API, enabling simultaneous video and gaming content. Transcoding performance may also be improved for supporting applications.
Optimized screen rotation for rotation-aware devices.
Improved sleep/resume performance.
Optimized GPU power consumption.

AMD Releases Catalyst 12.6 Beta, Monthly Driver Updates End

AMD has announced that they have put out the Catalyst 12.6 beta drive, and that they are no longer going to provide monthly driver updates.  Details are below.

 

 

With the release of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.6 Beta driver (“Catalyst”), AMD would also like to announce that we are moving away from our Monthly Catalyst release plan. Our goal is to ensure that every Catalyst release delivers a substantial benefit to our end users; as we have today with the release of the Catalyst 12.6a Beta. We will still continue with the Catalyst naming convention; Catalyst: Year.Month. You just won’t see a new driver every single month.  We are confident that this will only benefit the end user; you’ll only need to upgrade to a new Catalyst driver, when it makes sense.

We would also like to announce the introduction of our new AMD Issue Reporting Form. We made a number of improvements to the older Catalyst Crew Feedback form, making it more comprehensive, ensuring high quality feedback. Feedback is very important in every product company’s life, especially in our fast paced environment. This is not just a check-box for us – we take these reports very seriously.  We will review every report posted here and investigate every issue encountered. Please use this form whenever you encounter something worth mentioning.

Resolved issue highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.6 Beta: 

  • AMD Radeon™ HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Tri-CrossFire™ configurations + Eyefinity BSOD when launching a DirectX application.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Eyefinity/Multiple Display configurations BSOD when using desktop applications.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 cards hang when system goes to sleep.
  • Tearing on Eyefinity configurations when different display connector types are used.
  • Poor Elder Scrolls: Skyrim CrossFire scaling seen in AMD Catalyst 12.4 (back to CrossFire scaling found in AMD Catalyst 12.3).
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center – intermittently missing Overdrive page.
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center – missing GPU Activity gauge.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900 CrossFire Configuration – system hang after cinematic in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
  • Crysis 2 -random system hangs when run in DirectX 9 mode.
  • Heroes and Generals: Blocky corruption in scenes with smoke effects when run in DirectX 11 mode.
  • Disabled HDMI audio when the connected HDTV is powered Off/On.

Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta: 

Dual Graphics enhancements – new application profiles

  • Supported Dual Graphics configurations:
    AMD Accelerated Processors for Desktop PCs
    • AMD Radeon HD 7660D (A10-5700)
    • AMD Radeon HD 7560D (A8-5500
  • Notebooks with AMD Accelerated Processors
    • AMD Radeon HD 7660D (A10-4600)
    • AMD Radeon HD 7640G (A8-4500M)
    • AMD Radeon HD 7520G (A6-4400M)  
  • New profiles have been added for the following game titles:
    • Diablo 3
    • Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
    • StarCraft 2
    • Portal 2
    • Call of Duty Modern Warfare
    • Call of Duty Black Ops
  • Future Catalyst releases will continue to add Dual Graphics support for additional titles

Instructions:

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Note! This Driver is provided “AS IS” and under the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement provided therewith.

Applicable Products:

This article applies to the following configuration(s):

Hardware:

  • AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series

AMD Releases Catalyst 12.4 Drivers

AMD has put out their Catalyst 12.4 drivers.  You can search for your flavor here.   Here are the details.

Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.4 driver:

Windows XP support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
· In addition to Windows 7 and Windows Vista support, Catalyst 12.4 now also introduces Windows XP (64-bit/32-bit) support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series

Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing: Level of Detail (LOD) Image Quality enhancements
· Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
· LOD Image quality enhancements for Super Sample Anti-Aliasing and Adaptive Anti-Aliasing through the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center for DirectX® 10 and DirectX® 11 applications.
· Applications must support in game Anti-Aliasing for the feature to work (Forced on Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center is not supported for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications)
Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA): Significant performance enhancements
· Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series, AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series, and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
· MLAA now operates up to 80% faster than previous versions
Texture filtering quality improvements
· Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
· Improvements have been made to the texture filtering algorithm (for both DirectX9 and DirectX10/DirectX11 applications) to increase the quality of rendered textures, with no impact to performance


Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.4 Linux driver:

This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems
· Ubuntu 12.04 early look support
· openSuse 12.1 production support


Resolved issues: Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.4 driver:
· Elder Scolls: Skyrim : flickering square corruption is no longer observed on certain AMD Graphics cards.
· Rage : Vsync is no longer disabled after task switching.
· Tearing is no longer observed on the third screen in 3x1 and 1x3 Eyefinity configurations.

AMD Catalyst 12.3 Released

AMD has released the Catalyst 12.3 drivers.  You can pick them up here.  They add official Radeon HD 7000 series support.  Full details are below.  

 

 


Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.3 driver:

Windows 7 and Windows Vista support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series and AMD Radeon 7700 Series
· AMD Catalyst 12.3 now provides support for Windows 7 64-bit/32-bit and Windows Vista 64-bit/32-bit for the following products:
o AMD Radeon HD 7970 Series
o AMD Radeon HD 7950 Series
o AMD Radeon HD 7870 Series
o AMD Radeon HD 7850 Series
o AMD Radeon HD 7770 Series
o AMD Radeon HD 7750 Series
· Windows XP support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series will be made available in AMD Catalyst 12.4



Resolved issues: Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.3 driver:
AMD Catalyst Control Center startup issues/delays have been resolved
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim : No longer displays flickering and texture corruption with Anti-Aliasing enabled
Alan Wake : A system crash is no longer experienced when running the game in DirectX 9 mode with Crossfire enabled.
Far Cry 2 : A random system hang is no longer experienced when running the game at high in game setting.
Tom Clancy HAWX : No longer crashes after task switching with MLAA (Morphological Anti-Aliasing) and Anti-Aliasing enabled.
Furmark Benchmark : No longer crashes when launched in High Performance mode.
Quake 4 : No longer display corruption after task switching when run in High Performance mode
XPlane : Textures no longer exhibit flicker and corruption.

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