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AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta2 Driver Released

 

You saw it here first.  Get the new driver here.

 

Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta2 Driver for Windows:
Saints Row 4: Performance improves up to 25% at 1920x1280 with Ultra settings enabled
Splinter Cell Blacklist: Performance improves up to 9% at 2560x1600 with Ultra settings enabled
Final Fantasy XIV: Improves single GPU and CrossFire performance
Van Helsing: Fixes image quality issues when enabling Anti-Aliasing through the AMD Catalyst Control Center
Far Cry 3 / Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon: Resolve corruption when enabling Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center
RIPD: Improves single GPU performance
Minimum: Improves CrossFire performance
Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Improves CrossFire performance
CrossFire: Frame Pacing feature – includes improved performance in World of Warcraft, Sniper Elite, Watch Dogs, and Tomb Raider
Doom 3 BFG: Corruption issues have been resolved

AMD Frame Pacing Explored: Catalyst 13.8 Brings Consistency to Crossfire

Anandtech is looking at the new AMD Catalyst 13.8 beta drivers, and how they are doing with CrossFire performance.

 

So what does AMD’s present look like? Quite frankly, it looks a lot better than it did yesterday. AMD set out to greatly improve on their frame pacing situation on their Crossfire setups and they have delivered just that. With just one driver revision we have seen the Radeon HD 7990’s frame pacing go from laughable to acceptable; delta percentages of over 100% have been reduced to 20% or lower in 5 of the 6 games we’ve tested. For those sensitive to micro-stutter and other matters of consistency the difference is at times going to be staggering. At the most basic level, AMD has achieved their objectives.

AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta Driver Released For Windows And Linux!

AMD has released the Catalyst 13.8 beta for Windows here and Linux here!  Here are the Windows notes.

 

Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta Driver for Windows:

Support for AMD CrossFire™ Frame Pacing
Frame Pacing ensures that frames rendered across multiple GPUs in a CrossFire configuration will be displayed at an even and regular pace.
Enabled through the AMD Catalyst Control Center; Globally or on a per application basis.
Frame Pacing is enabled by default.
Supported for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications, and resolutions up to and including 2560x1600 (single display).
OpenGL 4.3 support – full support for the OpenGL 4.3 feature set
Performance improvements found in AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta for Windows:
Metro: Last Light – improves performance up to 7% on the AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series
OpenGL support for User Profiles and Catalyst Application Profiles:
Users can now create per application 3D setting profiles for OpenGL applications.
OpenGL applications are now supported through Catalyst Application Profile updates (for single GPU and AMD CrossFire configurations).
AMD Enduro Technology enhancement - Catalyst Control Center will now show which applications are active on the Performance GPU, and the Power-Saving GPU
Resolved issues:
Resolved crash when enabling AMD CrossFireX™ on some AMD 970 platforms
Improved stability for AMD Radeon HD 7790
Resolved intermittent mouse cursor corruption when rapidly moving the cursor across window borders

And the Linux updates which should help Steam Linux users.

 

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 13.8 Beta Driver for Linux:
This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new features:

OpenGL 4.3 support
Dynamic primary surface resizing
Kernel 3.10 support
SLED 11 SP3 support
Resolved Issues:

[380355] Source Engine games hang when running on the High Performance ASIC
[330287] Maya 2012 Paint brush fails to leave trails in real time while painting at some areas when desktop effects enabled
[345211] Incorrect object picking in Autodesk Maya using UAV selection solver
[376838] Autodesk Maya fluids display visually very pixelated even at higher resolutions of the fluid voxels
[376823] Mesh/polygons selection take too long to select and deselect compared to Nvidia in Maya 2011-2013
[372767] Unigine Heaven 4.0 crash in high performance GPU
[376891] Enable Optimization on SGPU for 11% Performance gain (unigine heaven)
[377640] Unigine Heaven OGL stops responding at high resolutions with VSync enabled
[376842] Left4Dead2 Corruption is observed
[378135] Left4Dead2 Yellow Screen Bug
[379940] Left4Dead2 Gamma Correction Corruption
[381765] Visual artifacts for XvBA playback with CABAC=No
[380590] The menus are unbelievably slow with vsync disabled for XBMC
[381120] Kernel 3.10 support
[379176] “Testing use only” watermark removed
[356014] AA does not function with desktop effects enabled
Open Issues:

[370421] Quake4 fails to render in game sky properly at certain points with High Performance GPU
[377432] Unigine Heaven at high resolution and settings will show intermittent corruptions in crossfire
[380998] System hang when running Counter Strike: Source at low settings on Linux
[382494] C4Engine show corruptions with GL_ARB_texture_array enabled

AMD Windows 8.1 Preview Driver Released

AMD has released a preview driver for their GPUs for Windows 8.1.  You can download it here in 32 and 64 bit flavors for consumer and FirePro GPUS.  Supported GPUs are listed below.

 

 

Highlights of AMD Catalyst for the Windows 8.1 Preview release
WDDM 1.3 driver model support the following products:
· AMD Accelerated Processors (Kabini & Temash) for Desktop, Notebook or Tablet PCs:
· A4-1200, A4-1250, A4-5000, A4-5100, A4-5150, A6-1450, A6-5200, A6-5250, A6-5350, E1-2100, E1-2200. E1-2500, E1-2600, E1-2650, E2-3000, E2-3100
· AMD Accelerated Processors (Richland) for Desktop or Notebook PCs:
· A10-5700, A10-5745M, A10-5750M, A10-5757M, A10-5800B, A10-5800K, A8-5500, A8-5500B, A8-5545M, A8-5550M, A8-5557M, A8-5600K, A6-5345M, A6-5350M, A6-5357M, A6-5400B, A6-5400K, A4-5145M, A4-5150, A4-5300, A4-5300B
· AMD Accelerated Processors (Trinity) for Desktop or Notebook PCs:
· A10-4600M, A10-4655M, A10-4677M, A10-5700, A10-5800B, A10-5800K, A8-4500M, A8-4555M, A8-4557M, A6-4400M, A6-4455M, A6-5400B, A6-5400K, A4-4300M, A4-4355M, A4-5300, A4-5300B
· AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series, AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series, AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series
· AMD Radeon™ HD 8000M Series
· AMD Radeon™ HD 8000G Series
· AMD Radeon™ HD 8000D Series
· AMD Radeon™ HD 7900M Series, AMD Radeon HD 7800M Series, AMD Radeon HD 7700M Series, AMD Radeon HD 7600M/7500M Series
· AMD Radeon™ HD 7000G Series
· AMD Radeon™ HD 7000D Series
· AMD FirePro S10000
· AMD FirePro W9000, AMD FirePro S9000
· AMD FirePro W8000
· AMD FirePro W7000, AMD FirePro S7000
· AMD FirePro W5000, AMD FirePro R5000
· AMD FirePro W600
· AMD FirePro M6000 Series
· AMD FirePro M4000 Series
· AMD FirePro M2000 Series

WDDM 1.2 driver model support for the following products
· AMD Accelerated Processors (Llano) for Desktop or Notebook PCs:
· A8-3870K, A8-3850, A8-3820, A8-3800, A8-3550MX, A8-3530MX, A8-3520M, A8-3510MX, A8-3500M, A6-3670K, A6-3650, A6-3620, A6-3600, A6-3430MX, A6-3420M, A6-3410MX, A6-3400M, A4-3420, A4-3400, A4-3330MX, A4-3320M, A4-3310MX, A4-3305M, A4-3300M, E2-3000M, E2-3200
· AMD Accelerated Processors (Brazos) for Desktop, Notebook or Tablet:
· C-30, C-50, C-60, C-70, E1-1200, E1-1500, E2-1800, E2-2000, E-240, E-300, E-350, E-450, Z-01, Z-60
· AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
· AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
· AMD Radeon HD 5000M Series
· AMD Radeon HD 6000M Series
· AMD Z-Series APU
· AMD FirePro A320 APU, AMD FirePro A300 APU
· ATI FirePro V9800. AMD FirePro V9800P
· ATI FirePro V8800
· AMD FirePro V7900, AMD FirePro V7900 SDI
· ATI FirePro V7800, AMD FirePro V7800P
· AMD FirePro V5900
· ATI FirePro V5800, ATI FirePro V5800 DVI
· AMD FirePro V4900
· ATI FirePro V4800
· AMD FirePro V3900
· ATI FirePro V3800
· ATI FirePro 2460, AMD FirePro 2270
· AMD FireStream 9370, AMD FireStream 9350
· AMD FirePro M8900 Series
· AMD FirePro M5950 Series
· AMD FirePro M7820 Series
· AMD FirePro M5950 Series
· AMD FirePro M3900 Series
Support highlights of new Windows 8.1 features
· Wireless Display – Microsoft’s support for Wireless Display Technology
· 48 Hz Dynamic Refresh rates for Video Playback
· Aggressive V-sync interrupt optimization
· Skype/Lync video conferencing acceleration
· New DX11.1 feature – Tiled Resources
Support for AMD Features
· AMD Eyefinity
· OpenCL™
· OpenGL
· UVD
· AMD Dual Graphics/AMD CrossFire™ Technology
· AMD Overdrive™
· AMD Catalyst Control Center/Vision Engine Control Center

AMD Releases Catalyst 13.6 Beta Driver

 

AMD has released a new Catalyst 13.6 beta for Windows and Linux.  

Highlights of the Windows AMD Catalyst™ 13.6 Beta
· Product support for the new AMD A10, A8, A6, and A4 Series APUs on desktop and mobile platforms
· Adobe Premiere PRO CC - AMD Catalyst 13.6 Beta includes AMD GPU and APU OpenCL 1.2 acceleration
· Support for AMD Wireless Display for Windows 8 and future Windows releases:
o Supported on AMD Elite A-Series APUs with select Broadcomm and Atheros Wireless adapters
o AMD Wireless Display Technology provides the ability to wirelessly display local screen content onto a remote screen in real time. Compliant receiver/TV required.

· AMD Enduro technology update:
o Reduces power consumption when running Windows 8 Metro applications – detects when Metro applications have idled and moves them to the integrated graphics component
o AMD Catalyst Control Center now shows the hardware and software Information pages for AMD Discrete GPUs when paired with Intel Integrated graphics

· Resolved issues:
o Resolves HDMI Audio dropout issues on the AMD Radeon HD Series of products
o Resolves issues with the AMD Catalyst Control Center showing Audio Display messages at incorrect time

AMD’s latest Catalyst™ Application Profile: AMD Catalyst 13.5 CAP1 (Can be used with AMD Catalyst 13.4 and AMD Catalyst 13.6 Beta)
AMD Catalyst Application Profiles include support for AMD single GPU, AMD CrossFire, AMD Dual Graphics, and AMD Enduro™ Technology configurations
· Call of Juarez – Gunslinger – Improves CrossFire performance
· Company of Heroes 2 – Disables CrossFire support
· Far Cry 2 (DX9) – Improves single GPU performance
· Resident Evil 6 – Improves single GPU performance
· Call of Duty 4 – improves single GPU performance
· Dark sider 2 – Fixes the corruption in game menu under certain CrossFire configurations
· Minimum – Improves single GPU performance

The latest available AMD Catalyst CAP can always be found here:
http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/crossfirex-app-profiles.aspx

Highlights of the Linux AMD Catalyst™ 13.6 Beta Driver:
This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new features:
· Product support for the new AMD A10, A8, A6, and A4 Series APUs on desktop and mobile platforms

Ubuntu 13.04 production support
Xserver 1.14 support
GLX_EXT_buffer_age extension support
Resolved Issues:
· Resolves a black screen seen when starting Team Fortress 2 under cinnamon desktop environment

· Resolves corruption seen in Team Fortress 2 when running the Dustbowl map
· Resolves tearing for some OpenGL application with VSYNC (enabled or disabled)
· Resolves missing taskbar after UVD playback on Ubuntu 12.04
· Resolves performance drop with XBMC during UVD playback
· Resolves the error for APL initialization failure
· Resolves screen corruption when killing X on Ubuntu 13.04
· Resolves some WebGL conformance test failures

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