Subject: Graphics Cards | May 9, 2011 - 02:51 PM | Tim Verry
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.
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.
Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Chipsets | May 3, 2011 - 11:54 AM | John Davis
Tagged: ubuntu, rhel, Red Hat, opensuse, linux, driver, catalyst, ati, amd
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.
Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2011 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: driver, catalyst, amd
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.
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)