Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday October 22, 2012

AMD Catalyst 12.10 & 12.11 Beta Now Available

AMD just sent word that the new Catalyst 12.10 & 12.11 Beta drivers are now available. Here's a bit from the release notes:

For AMD Radeonآ™ HD 5000, HD 6000 and HD 7000 Series users, Microsoftآ® has certified today’s AMD Catalystآ™ 12.10 release as "compatible with Windows 8." With this driver, these products offer full support for WDDM 1.2, which is an updated model for graphics drivers that Microsoft has developed to ensure smooth performance and wide compatibility in their new operating system.

  • Target-Independent Rasterization (TIR): TIR is a new rendering path that enables superior anti-aliasing in Direct3D driver applications

  • Native Stereo 3D Support: Windows 8 natively supports stereoscopic 3D gaming and videos via compatible applications

  • Unified Video API: Video playback has been integrated into the DirectXآ® 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

  • Major technologies / features also supported under Windows 8:

  • AMD Eyefinity technology

  • OpenCLآ™

  • OpenGL

  • Unified Video Decoder (UVD)

  • AMD Dual Graphics

  • AMD CrossFire technology

  • AMD Overdrive

  • AMD Catalyst Control Center

  • Vision Engine Control Center

For more advanced users, we are also making the AMD Catalystآ™ 12.11 Beta available today. This driver introduces significant performance improvements for many games across ALL 28nm AMD Radeonآ™ HD 7000 Series products: HD 7700, HD 7800 and HD 7900.

Check out our blog posting on Catalyst 12.11 Beta for more information. Highlights of AMD Catalystآ™ 12.11 Beta. Performance gains seen on the entire AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series:

  • 10%-15% more performance in Battlefield 3 in most cases

  • More than 20% in certain missions and sequences (Comrades)

  • Up to 7% more performance in Metro 2033

  • Up to 10% more performance in DiRT Showdown

  • Up to 8% more performance in Sleeping Dogs

  • Up to 12% more performance in Civilization V

  • Up to 10% more performance in StarCraft II

  • Up to 8% more performance in Sniper Elite: V2