AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 1, 2013 - 02:54 PM |
Tagged: frame pacing, Catalyst 13.8 Beta, catalyst, beta, amd

Yes, you too can now benefit from the Frame Pacing which Ryan has been testing and posted the results to.  For anyone with a multi-GPU system using Radeon cards this is an update worth installing as you will see a significant benefit to your gaming experience, along with the other benefits that the new Catalyst offers.

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Highlights of the Windows AMD Catalyst™ 13.8 Beta release:

  • Support for 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
    • Supported for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications and resolutions up 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:
    • 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 – The AMD Catalyst Control Center now shows which applications are active on the Performance GPU and the Power saving GPU

Windows Catalyst Package:  http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst13-8WINBetaDriver....


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

  • OpenGL 4.3 – full support for the OpenGL 4.3 feature set
  • SLED11 SP3 support
  • PowerXpress A+I support with Intel Haswell on SLED11 SP3
  • Dynamic primary surface resizing
  • Kernel 3.10 support

Resolved Issue highlights:

  • Enduro Technology on AMD + AMD Ubuntu platforms
  • Source Engine games hang when running on the High Performance ASIC
  • Maya 2011-2013 – Various visual corruptions issues have been resolved
  • Maya 2011-2013 – Mesh/Polygons selection performance has been improved
  • Unigine Heaven – Intermittent Crashes have been resolved
  • Unigine Heaven – Performance has been improved up to 11% on single GPU configurations
  • Left 4 Dead 2 – Visual corruption issues have been resolved
  • Visual artifacts are no longer seen with XvBA playback and CABAC=No

“Testing use Only” watermark has been removed.

Linux Catalyst Package: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst13-8LINBetaDriver....

 

 

Source: AMD
August 1, 2013 | 03:34 PM - Posted by justme (not verified)

One question, the frame pacing works for older cards? like a 5970?

would be interesting to compare with old cards from NV (like fermi) because both use pure software frame pacing?

August 1, 2013 | 06:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It works for all previous-generation cards in the support list. So yes, a HD5970 would benefit from running this.

August 1, 2013 | 03:57 PM - Posted by Keith (not verified)

So typical of AMD there is no support for Vista in this version (13.8 Beta) so the last driver i can use is 13.4 WHQL as 13.5 13.6 and 13.8 Betas don't work even on a clean install of Vista yet i can install the 13.8 Linux Beta and run that it may give me better results with my 6950

August 1, 2013 | 06:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Vista? You're still running Vista? You're complaining about OS support in a beta driver for an OS that's still getting no love? Just upgrade to Windows 7, then you won't have to be left out.

August 1, 2013 | 07:40 PM - Posted by JSL

You're and idiot.

http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/downloads.aspx

Choose your flavour (windows 7 and vista is one package, choose whether 64bit or 32bit) download the beta - 3.8 - and custom install.

If its not working, uninstall your existing driver, and use the driver cleanup utility from AMD.

It's not rocket science... but then again, you probably don't have many brain cells to begin with.

August 2, 2013 | 12:27 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

There's no inf for Vista installation in these beta drivers. It's not rocket science you idiot. No amount of driver cleanup is gonna make them install. lol

August 2, 2013 | 05:21 PM - Posted by JSL

So then why did I just install them on a friends older pc... that's running a 5950 and vista?

September 21, 2013 | 03:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Unfortunately, I can not install drivers higher than version 13.4
in Vista 64 .... there is no cleaning maid is now more than a month that I feel no results.
Obviously something is missing to view in the driver packages .....
You do not know how I managed to install them in an old PC of friends ....

September 21, 2013 | 03:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Unfortunately, I can not install drivers higher than version 13.4
in Vista 64 .... there is no cleaning maid is now more than a month that I feel no results.
Obviously something is missing to view in the driver packages .....
You do not know how I managed to install them in an old PC of friends ....

September 23, 2013 | 10:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

MMM......"If its not working, uninstall your existing driver, and use the driver cleanup utility from AMD."

I think you are mistaken because the utility the driver cleanup utility from AMD
it is only for windows 7 ..... he just said for Vista drivers and you should also a free utility that does not work is Windows Vista ...... But .....

Racel

August 1, 2013 | 11:10 PM - Posted by btdog

Ryan -
You should feel proud and redeemed. This is the work of PCPer, specifically you. Though AMD may be bitter, this will only help them improve.

On a side note, I find it interesting how many people have commented, 'WOW! What a difference!' Though I'm sure there's a difference, I can't believe it is THAT dramatic. Otherwise, people using Crossfire before would have been complaining vociferously all along.

August 2, 2013 | 12:23 AM - Posted by nabokovfan87

Your eyes work in mysterious ways. Just like how you can read a sentence with mistakes and missing letters and fill in the blanks, your brain is a lot smarter/dumber then you give it credit for. It fills in the holes and makes certain things appear better.

That being said, it is a noticeable difference. A BIG one when you consider a massive layer of lag has been removed at the heart of crossfire.

I still want DX9 support, but for the time being, single mode for those games.

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