Two Catalysts from AMD; 11.12 and a highly recommended preview version of 12.1

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 13, 2011 - 11:30 AM |
Tagged: Catalyst 12.1, Catalyst 11.12, amd

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Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst 11.12 driver:
AMD OpenGL 4.2 production support

  • AMD Catalyst 11.12 delivers official support for the OpenGL 4.2 specification

AMD Eyefinity technology enhancements

  • Enables support for AMD HD3D technology when using a 3x1 Landscape Eyefinity display group, on supported DisplayPort 3D monitors.

AMD Vision Engine Control Center enhancements for Dual Graphics

  • Improvements have been implemented to better facilitate the enabling and control of the Dual Graphics within the Vision Engine Control Center

Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst 11.12 Linux driver:
This release of AMD Catalyst Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems

  • RHEL 6.2 early look support

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We have also just released the AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview
The AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview includes all of the features found in AMD Catalyst 11.12 and also includes all of the latest optimizations found in the AMD Catalyst 11.11c performance drivers (AMD Catalyst 11.12 does not include the latest 11.11c optimizations).

It is highly recommended that all gamers use the AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver.
AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Catalyst121Previewdriver.aspx

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

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

Performance highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver (in addition to the AMD Catalyst 11.11c performance driver)

  • Improves performance (10%) in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim when Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing is enabled on the AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series for single GPU and AMD CrossFireX configurations.
Source: AMD
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