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AMD launches new drivers, profiles and graphical utilities

AMD launches new drivers, profiles and graphical utilities

last month changed its pattern of release of drivers leaving their monthly releases to focus on the quality of their drivers, and the change from the development team graphics drivers from AMD has been working at a frenetic pace and today we delivered the first drivers developed under its new policy.

AMD 6.12 WHQL
As promised AMD, the new drivers AMD Catalyst 6.12 WHQL drivers are the first AMD focused solely on their GPUs (Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 Series) and DirectX 11.1 (Radeon HD 7000 Series), and users of DirectX 10 GPUs (Radeon HD 2000 Series) and DirectX 10.1 (Radeon HD 3000 and 4000 Series) shall wait for the future Legacy Catalyst 12.7 or 12.8.

AMD claims to have designed these new drivers focused on stability, so in theory does not offer performance improvements over the previous 12.4WHQL Catalyst drivers, but if you solve many bugs found in the previous version. Although not offer performance improvements, the Catalyst 6.12 WHQL add new profiles for games in DirectX 9 mode settings to their Dual Graphics (CrossFireX hybrid between a low-end GPU and the IGP of the APU).

AMD Catalyst 7.12 Beta
Set of drivers designed to increase the graphics performance of DirectX 11 GPUs and 11.1. According to AMD the performance improvements are substantial:

Catalyst drivers vs. Release 12.7 Beta
Batman: Arkham City (Up to 65% faster on the AMD â„¢ HD 7970)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Up to 55% faster on the AMD Radeon â„¢ HD 7700 Series)
Total War: Shogun 2 (Up to 17% faster With The AMD Radeon â„¢ HD 7900 Series)
DiRT ® 3 (Up to 7% faster With The AMD Radeon ™ HD 7800 Series)

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Catalyst Catalyst 4.12 WHQL vs 12.7 Beta
Diablo 3

  • Users can now enable MSAA and SSAA for this title Through the AMD Catalyst â„¢ Control Center

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Up to 25% gain in indoor scenes
  • Up to 7% gain in outdoor scenes

Batman: Arkham City

  • App-specific optimizations enable up to +6% Performance with AA enabled

Battlefield 3

  • Up to +3% with MSAA enabled at High Resolutions (eg 1080 +)

Total War: Shogun II

  • 4xAA and 8xAA mode received a 15% performance improvement-through optimizations in the renderer.

DiRT 3

  • Gains of around 10%-through code optimization

Lost Planet 2

  • Up to 2% performance gain via optimization of the tessellation shader

Just Cause 2

  • Up to 5% performance gain

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

  • Approximately 3% performance gain for this title at 1080 + Resolutions

Crysis 2

  • Up to 6% performance gain

Application Profiles Catalyst Catalyst 12.7 Beta 1 for
New profiles for games:

Diablo 3: Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing and Super Sample Anti-Aliasing can now be enabled for this title-through the Catalyst Control Center for single and multi-GPU configurations
Call of Duty: World at War: Resolve corruption when to Enabling Anti-Aliasing Through the Catalyst Control Center on single GPU configurations
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Further Improvements to CrossFire performance
Myths and Heroes 3: Improves performance CrossFire
XCOM: Enemy Unknown: Improves performance CrossFire
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier: Improves performance and CrossFire Resolves flickering seen running in CrossFire mode when to

AMD Video Codec Engine
Encoding unit hardware accelerated video present in the Trinity APUs and GPUs Radeon HD 7000 Series, which finally is enabled by AMD Catalyst drivers 7.12 Beta.

Quick 3.3.24.0 AMD Stream Technology
Technology balance of bandwidth to prioritize streaming video playback. This utility supports the APU Trinity and Brazos 2.0 .

Links:
The new Catalyst: Changing the game for everyone (AMD)
AMD Catalyst â„¢ Application Profiles (AMD)

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