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AMD Catalyst 10.12 drivers are out

Posted on Tuesday, December 14 2010 @ 14:32:49 CET by

AMD officially published the Catalyst 10.12 drivers, you can download them over here. You can download the regular Catalyst 10.12 software suite or if you'd like to give the new Catalyst Control Center user interface a try you can grab the Catalyst 10.12 Preview driver.
We’re letting our customers try out the brand new Catalyst Control Center before it’s officially part of the AMD Catalyst package!

- The New Catalyst Control Center enables a simplified user experience to help users get the most out of their AMD product
- Easily enable 3D settings to enhance game image quality
- Setup multiple displays to increase productivity
- Adjust power settings to increase battery life
The Catalyst 10.12 release notes reveal support for OpenGL 4.1 and new GPGPU computing features. AMD also promises DivX acceleration will arrive tomorrow, this will be a separate download.
New Features:

* Support for DivX on the AMD Radeon 6800 Series
o With DivX® software installed on an AMD Radeon™ HD 6800 Series and later GPU and the DivX Accelerated™ solution, consumers can enjoy an improved DivX video playback experience by lowering CPU load, extending computer battery life on notebooks, reducing noise on home theater PCs and improving overall computer operation.
o Grab the DivX Accelerated download from here (will be available Dec 15) http://go.divx.com/accelerated

* Support for OpenGL 4.1
o New features introduced in OpenGL 4.1
o Full compatibility with OpenGL ES 2.0 APIs for easier porting between mobile and desktop platforms
o The ability to query and load a binary for shader program objects to save re-compilation time
o The capability to bind programs individually to programmable stages for programming flexibility
o 64-bit floating-point component vertex shader inputs for higher geometric precision
o Multiple viewports for a rendering surface for increased rendering flexibility
o New ARB extensions introduced with OpenGL 4.1
o Linking OpenGL sync objects to OpenCL event objects for enhanced OpenCL interoperability
o The ability to set stencil values in a fragment shader for enhanced rendering flexibility
o Features to improve robustness, for example when running WebGL applications
o Callback mechanisms to receive enhanced errors and warning messages

* AMD Stream 2.3 SDK release
o Performance improvements for AMD’s OpenCL toolset
o Support UVD video hardware component through OpenCL driver (Windows 7 only)
o Support for the Stream Profiler on Linux (command line version)
o Support added for AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series
o Support for FFT and BLAS-3 libraries
o Stream Profiler enhancements (including timeline visualization)
o Resolves a number of bug fixes from the Stream SDK 2.2 release



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