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AMD debuts Catalyst driver for Windows 8 Release Preview

Posted on Thursday, May 31 2012 @ 22:53:43 CEST by


AMD has published a new Catalyst driver for Microsoft's Windows 8 Release Preview, you can download it over here.
Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ feature preview driver for the Windows® 8 Release Preview:

Featuring support for the new WDDM 1.2 driver model, this new driver enables customers to utilize the model’s features as applications are updated to leverage them.

These features include:
  • Support for the AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series, and the AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series.
  • Native Stereo 3D support: Windows 8 natively supports stereoscopic 3D gaming and videos via compatible applications. Middleware applications will not be required for such apps.
  • Unified Video API: Video playback has been integrated into the DirectX® 11 API, enabling simultaneous video and gaming content. Transcoding performance may also be improved for supporting applications.
  • Optimized screen rotation for rotation-aware devices.
  • Improved sleep/resume performance.
  • Optimized GPU power consumption.
  • Support for AMD Features:
  • AMD Eyefinity
  • OpenCL™
  • OpenGL
  • UVD
  • AMD Dual Graphics/AMD CrossFire™ Technology
  • AMD Overdrive™
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center/Vision Engine Control Center

    Known issues found in the AMD Catalyst feature preview for Windows 8 (these issues will be addressed in the AMD production release for Windows 8).

  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and the AMD Radeon HD 7700 performance in DirectX 9 applications may be slower under Windows 8 vs. Windows 7.
  • AMD CrossFireX configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and the AMD Radeon HD 7700 in DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 applications may be slower under Windows 8 vs. Windows 7.
  • AMD CrossFireX configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and the AMD Radeon HD 7700 in OpenCL accelerated applications may cause a BSOD or system hang.
  • Blacklight Retribution (DirectX11 mode) played with a CrossFire configuration may result in a system crash when launching the application (32-bit OS only).
  • Video corruption can be seen when playing back movie trailers with Metro video player.




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