Ready for Diablo III? Not with Catalyst 12.4 you're not.

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards | May 6, 2012 - 12:58 PM |
Tagged: radeon, diablo iii, catalyst 12.4, catalyst, amd

A recent forum entry from a Diablo III official agent informed gamers that if you were planning on playing Diablo III on the May 15th launch date, you had better not be using the Catalyst 12.4 drivers that were just released on April 25th.

d3cat12.4.png

While AMD still has about 9 days to respond to this issue, for a support rep from Blizzard to flat-out say that "12.4 isn't going to be supported for use in Diablo III" is indicative of a larger problem - can AMD's somewhat smaller driver team hope to keep up with NVIDIA's as we get set for another way of pretty major PC game releases? 

Quite a few users are taking up for AMD in the thread including Mortac that says:

I find this to be a very confusing answer. What are we to expect for the future? You say that Diablo III won't support 12.4, but what exactly do you mean by that? Are we to expect support for future drivers down the road, say a few weeks after release, or are you telling us that we'll never be able to update our drivers again for as long as we intend to play Diablo III? If the latter, then you guys really need to think that through again. People update their drivers for several reasons, and you cannot possibly expect everyone to swap drivers every time they play other games that might require the latest version.

How this issue will be resolved before May 15th will be of importance to quite a few PC gamers so let's hope both AMD and Blizzard can get their acts together.

Besides Blizzard's long awaited Diablo entry, PC gamers can look forward to Guild Wars 2, DiRT Showdown, Max Payne 3, a new Ghost Recon title, BF3: Close Quarters, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Far Cry 3, Borderlands 2, Bioshock Infinite and many more in the coming months.  

UPDATE 2:22pm: An AMD representative has informed us that that bug referred to by the Blizzard forum support person in fact ONLY affects Radeon HD 2000, 3000 and 4000 users.  The 12.4 Catalyst software will work fine with 5000, 6000 and the new 7000 series of graphics cards apparently.  

Also, as Robert Hallock commented in our thread below:

d3cat12.4part2.png

Source: Battle.net

AMD Catalyst Software Suite Version 12.4

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 25, 2012 - 05:51 PM |
Tagged: catalyst 12.4, catalyst, amd

The newest version of AMD's Catalyst Control Centre is here just in time for the end of the month.  Some of the highlights of this driver can be seen below, the rest of the release notes can be found here.

Grab your new driver from AMD's page.

 

amdgame.jpg

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 have been improved when enabling 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

RESOLVED ISSUES
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 12.4 software suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • Elder Scrolls: Skyrim: no longer hangs on single GPU configurations when used with AMD Catalyst 12.3 CAP1 and later CAP releases Elder Scolls: Skyrim: flickering square corruption is no longer observed.
  • Rage: Vsync is no longer disabled after task switching.
  • Enemy Territory: Quake Wars: no longer crashes when launched in High Performance Mode.
  • Stalker – Call of Pripyat: flickering is no longer observed in trees with specific Catalyst Control Center settings.
  • Tom Clancy HAWX 2: no longer crashes on game launch. Windows Media Center: no longer crashes when run in Eyefinity mode and High Performance mode settings.
  • AMD Steady Video: an error message is no longer displayed when enabling AMD Steady Video for the Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 plugin.
  • Duplicating displays no longer generates random corruption. Tearing is no longer observed on the third screen in 3x1 and 1x3 Eyefinity configurations.
  • A system crash is no longer experienced when enabling Crossfire in a 4 display configuration.
  • The advanced video quality settings are now correctly displayed in the Catalyst Control Center.
Source: AMD

AMD Catalyst 12.1 and AMD Catalyst 12.2 Preview drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 25, 2012 - 03:21 PM |
Tagged: Catalyst 12.1, catalyst, amd radeon

image001.jpg

Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.1 driver:

AMD HD3D technology support enhancement

  • Enables support for AMD HD3D technology in conjunction with AMD CrossFireX configurations
  • Delivers a new Stereo 3D mode over HDMI 1.4a connections - 1080p at 30Hz is now enabled on supported displays.

AMD Catalyst Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center enhancements

  • Application Profiles 
    • AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver enables users to create per application profiles to individually control 3D and CrossFireX settings for Direct3D applications
    • Please be sure to select the “Restore Factory Defaults” option under the Catalyst Control Center Preferences menu before using the new application profiles feature – this ensures there are no compatibility issues between previous drivers and the new AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver with regards to application profiles

image002.jpg

AMD Catalyst Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center enhancements – Video UI improvements

  • AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver includes user interface enhancements to simply adjustment of video color and video quality controls

Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.1 Linux driver:

  • SLED 11 SP2 early look support
  • Ubuntu 11.10 production level support

If you already have the 12.1 Preview Driver installed and are looking for something new to test then grab the AMD Catalyst 12.2 Preview:  http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Catalyst122Previewdriver.aspx

That is unless you already managed to find and purchase a Radeon HD 7900 users should keep using the 8.921.2 RC11 driver found here since the 12.2 preview does not support the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series.

If you do upgrade you can check out the new AMD Eyefinity 2.1 which allows you to choose from a larger set of resolutions when running AMD Eyefinity.

In addition you can also take advantage of:

  • Dynamic Configuration Changes:  Switching between different display configurations will occur automatically when physically plugging/un-plugging displays
  • HydraVision enhancements:  The Windows Task bar can now be moved and resized based on users preference
  • Profile Manager improvements:  Increased support for Display Groups (including 5x1) and Extended configurations within the Profile Manager

Happy gaming!

Source: AMD

It's a bit early for 11.12, but how about Catalyst 11.11c?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 2, 2011 - 11:28 AM |
Tagged: amd, catalyst, radeon

AMD has pushed out a third performance driver built off of their Catalyst 11.11 driver build.  In this release you get all of the improvements from both 11a and 11b, along with new improved CrossfireX performance in Skyrim.   If you have skipped the two previous updates it is probably worth grabbing this release if you are having any performance issues with the games listed below.

amdgame.jpg

Elder Scrolls Skyrim

  • New in Catalyst 11.11c: Delivers AMD CrossfireX performance scaling for the AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • Delivers AMD CrossfireX performance scaling for AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
  • Improves performance 2-7% on single GPU configurations
  • Resolve corruption seen when enabling Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing on the AMD Radeon HD 6970 Series

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

  • New in Catalyst 11.11b: Delivers AMD CrossfireX performance scaling

Batman Arkham City

  • Improves DirectX 11 performance for single GPU configurations

Rage

  • Delivers AMD CrossfireX performance scaling Resolves a number of image/stability issues seen with the title: Fix geometry corruption, sometimes seen in Bash TV entrance
  • Fix issues with Low-memory conditions on 32bit systems.
  • Fix issue with extreme corruption with missing textures on 32bit systems.
  • Fix memory leaks when deleting/reusing sync objects.
  • Fix hitching and pausing, especially noticeable on some Quad Core systems when doing races and Stanley Express runs.
  • Fix some missing shadows

Battlefield 3

  • Resolves intermittent corruption seen when playing the game at specific camera angles

Download and install the Driver from the following location: (direct links)
AMD Catalyst 11.11c Performance Driver for Windows vista & Windows 7
AMD Catalyst 11.11c Performance Driver for Windows XP

Source: AMD

This one goes all the way to 11! The November Catalyst update is here.

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2011 - 05:06 PM |
Tagged: catalyst, catalyst 11.11, amd

Cat1111.jpg

Head to AMD for your newest version of Catalyst as the November update arrives for download.  

Highlights this month include:

NEW FEATURES

  • Adobe Flash Player 11 support
  • Enables full support of the GPU accelerated Stage 3D API and Stage 3D applications
  • Supported on the AMD Radeon HD Series of GPUs, A-Series APU and E-Series APU

RESOLVED ISSUES

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System:

  • Images and textures are no longer corrupted (Blue) in Rage.
  • Bezel compensation now works correctly with Far Cry 2.
  • Screen tearing is no longer randomly observed while moving a window on the desktop while in Clone mode or Eyefinity mode.
  • A black screen is no longer observed when extending displays. 
  • Homefront no longer crashes randomly when Crossfire is enabled.
  • DC – Universe Online no longer hangs soon after selecting a character and entering the game.

AMD Catalyst Linux introduces:

  • OpenSUSE 12.1 early look support
  • Seamless GPU Compute support
  • The AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) OpenCL runtime is now enabled by default within the AMD Catalyst driver for Linux.  Applications that leverage OpenCL for GPU based compute tasks will automatically benefit from the significant performance boost that this provides

The rest of the release notes can be found here.

Source: AMD

AMD Catalyst 11.8 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2011 - 03:14 PM |
Tagged: graphics drivers, catalyst, amd

join.jpg

Performance highlights

Description:

  • Improves performance up to 10% in Crysis 2 DirectX 11 version for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Improves performance up to 8% in Fear 3 DirectX 11 version with application enabled Anti-Aliasing on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Improves performance up to 30% when AMD’s Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) is enabled through the Catalyst™ Control Center on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Improves performance up to 20% in Call of Duty Black Operations for single GPU and Multi-GPU configurations on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series

For more information on AMD Catalyst™ 11.8 (for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP), including all of the resolved issues and performance highlights in this release, please see the AMD Catalyst™ 11.8 release notes.

Check out the monthly AMD Catalyst blog
Follow Andrew Dodd on twitter @CatalystCreator
Follow Christopher Bell on twitter @ChrisBellAMD

Download Catalyst Now!

Source: AMD

AMD Catalyst 11.7 Windows release and 11.8 preview

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 27, 2011 - 03:24 PM |
Tagged: catalyst, amd

You can get the official 11.7 Catalyst driver from AMD right here, just make sure to pick the right OS version.

Resolved issue highlights:

  • All issues experienced with mouse cursor lag have been resolved
  • Log event (Event ID 62464) issues when playing video content have been resolved
  • Resolves system hangs seen in the AMD Catalyst™ 11.6 driver on specific HDMI and DP displays
  • Bluray playback using PowerDVD 10 under High Performance mode no longer randomly displays a blank screen.
  • Some Divx format files no longer display video corruption using WinDVD.
  • AMD SteadyVideo is now applied to Home Video clips using WinDVD 10.
  • Chequerboard corruption is no longer displayed intermittently when playing DirectX 10 titles in a Crossfire configuration and Eyefinity enabled.
  • Shogun II now renders the cinematics correctly when run in various Eyefinity configurations.
  • Video playback now works correctly when Hardware acceleration is enabled with VLC Player version 1.1.9.
  • Crossfire now functions correctly when playing Hamilton’s Great Adventure.
  • PowerDVD now correctly handles 3D Bluray content. Portal 2 no longer displays flickering on water surface textures with Medium and Low Shader detail settings.

Highlights of the Linux AMD Catalyst™ 11.7 release include:

This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems:

  • RHEL 5.7 support (early look)
  • Ubuntu 11.04 production support

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 11.8 preview driver include:

  • Enables AMD HD3D technology support on DisplayPort panels, such as Samsung 750 and 950 series 3D displays.
  • Improves performance up to 10% in Crysis 2 DirectX 11 version for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Improves performance up to 8% in Fear 3 DirectX 11 version with application enabled Anti-Aliasing on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Improves performance up to 30% when AMD’s Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) is enabled through the Catalyst™ Control Center on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series

The AMD Catalyst 11.8 Preview driver can be found here: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Catalyst118DriverPreview.aspx

amdgame.jpg

Source: AMD

AMD Releases 11.5 Catalyst Drivers, Fixes Many Windows 7 Bugs

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 9, 2011 - 02:51 PM |
Tagged: catalyst, amd

AMD has released its latest Catalyst display drivers today. The new 11.5 drivers focus mainly on bug-fixes and interface improvements. The new features of the driver package include improvements to Hydravision for Eyefinity setups:

  • HydraGrid is now awar of user created bezels.
  • HydraGrid now includes an "Automatic Grid" that aligns itself to a user defined Eyefinity display layout.

amd-logo.jpg

Other important aspects of this driver release are bug fixes for the Windows 7 and XP operating systems:

A number of bugs have been fixed for Windows 7, notably:

  • Windows Media Player no longer randomly hangs or displays a black screen after playing VC1 (WMV) video files for over 4 hours.
  • Bioshock no longer displays visual corruption with Vsynch and MLAA enabled.
  • Transcoding MPEG-2 video to H.264 no longer causes an application crash.
  • Transcoding H.264 to AVCHD no longer generates lagging video.

Winows XP on the other hand, has only recieved a single bug fix.  A crossfire issue has been fixed so that Civilization V " no longer stops responding during game launch when Crossfire is enabled."

More information on bug fixes for Windows 7 as well as installation help can be found in the release notes here.

Source: AMD

AMD Catalyst 11.4 for Linux Released

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Chipsets | May 3, 2011 - 11:54 AM |
Tagged: ubuntu, rhel, Red Hat, opensuse, linux, driver, catalyst, ati, amd

amdgame.jpg

In a previous article we stated:

"Highlights of the Linux AMD Catalyst™ 11.4 release include: This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems Ubuntu 11.04 support (early look) SLED/SLES 10 SP4 support (early look) RHEL 5.6 support (production)"

AMD introduced a new feature into Linux with Catalyst™ 11.4, PowerXpress.

  • PowerXpress: Will enable certain mainstream mobile chipsets to seemlessly switch from integrated graphics to the dedicated graphics. *note: This only applies to Intel Processors with on chip graphics and AMD dedicated graphics and must be switched on by invoking switchlibGL and switchlibglx and restarting the Xorg server.

If you are running RHEL 5.6 or SLED/SLES 10 SP4 and need the driver you can get it here.

If you are running Ubuntu 11.04, install the driver under the "Additional Drivers" program.

If you are running a BSD variant you must still use the Open-Source driver "Radeon" and "RadeonHD" as AMD has yet to release a BSD driver.

Be sure to check back to PCPer for my complete review of the 11.4 driver and PowerXpress.

Source: AMD

AMD Catalyst 11.4 for Windows released

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2011 - 05:51 PM |
Tagged: driver, catalyst, amd

 

amdgame.jpg

Grab it from AMD Game

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 11.4 Windows release include:

Enhancements to the AMD VISION Engine Control Center / AMD Catalyst Control Center

  • New task based Display Management controls
    • Simplifies the configuration of displays and display settings ·
  • New Eyefinity setup group
    • Setting up an Eyefinity group has never been easier
  • AMD Catalyst update notification (found within the Information Center)
    • This feature notifies users that new AMD Catalyst software packages are available

GPU Compute enhancements:
The OpenCL runtime (included in AMD Catalyst 11.4) includes performance enhancements supporting zero-copy on APUs and increased performance for PCIe transfers between a CPU and discrete GPU.

Performance highlights
The AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series of products will see the following performance gains:

  • Call of Duty Black Ops – gains of up to 15% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single GPU configurations
  • Battleforge – gains of up to 15% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations
  • Batman Arkham Asylum – gains of up to 20% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations
  • Aliens vs. Predator – gains of up to 8% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations
  • Civilization 5 – gains of up to 15% on single and multiple GPU configurations
  • Far Cry 2 – gains of up to 6% on single and multiple GPU configurations
  • Just Cause 2 – gains of up to 9% on single and multiple GPU configurations
  • Lost Planet 2 – gains of up to 10% on single and multiple GPU configurations

Resolved issue highlights

  • The GPU no longer shows high GPU usage after when running Firefox 4 with hardware acceleration enabled.
    Bioshock no longer displays random tearing and screen corruption with Vsync and MLAA enabled.
  • Water textures no longer flicker in Two Worlds II in Crossfire mode.
  • Bulletstorm lightshafts no longer appear broken when running on a HD 6970 series product.
  • Bulletstorm no longer displays random texture corruption when running in Crossfire mode.
  • FI 2010 no longer slows down intermittently when in Crossfire mode.
  • PowerDVD no longer crashes if Crossfire is enabled / disabled during playback of a BD title.
  • Running the Heaven benchmark no longer displays graphics corruption during DirectX 11 tests.

Highlights of the Linux AMD Catalyst™ 11.4 release include:

This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems
Ubuntu 11.04 support (early look) SLED/SLES 10 SP4 support (early look) RHEL 5.6 support (production)

Source: AMD