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AMD Catalyst 12.10 and Catalyst 12.11 beta are out

Posted on Tuesday, October 23 2012 @ 11:43:31 CEST by

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AMD has released two new drivers late yesterday, Catalyst 12.10 and Catalyst 12.11 beta, which you can download via this link. Gamers are recommended to install Catalyst 12.11 beta because of the massive game performance enhancements it delivers.

The Catalyst 12.10 changelog is listed below:
AMD Catalyst 12.10 – Ready for Windows 8
For AMD Radeon™ HD 5000, HD 6000 and HD 7000 Series users, Microsoft® has certified today’s AMD Catalyst™ 12.10 release as “compatible with Windows 8.” With this driver, these products offer full support for WDDM 1.2, which is an updated model for graphics drivers that Microsoft has developed to ensure smooth performance and wide compatibility in their new operating system.

  • Target-Independent Rasterization (TIR): TIR is a new rendering path that enables superior anti-aliasing in Direct3D driver applications
  • Native Stereo 3D Support: Windows 8 natively supports stereoscopic 3D gaming and videos via compatible applications
  • 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 supported applications.
  • Optimized screen rotation for rotation aware devices
  • Improved sleep/resume performance
  • Optimized GPU power consumption
  • Major technologies / features also supported under Windows 8:
    - AMD Eyefinity technology
    - OpenCL™
    - OpenGL
    - Unified Video Decoder (UVD)
    - AMD Dual Graphics
    - AMD CrossFire technology
    - AMD Overdrive
    - AMD Catalyst Control Center/ AMD Vision Engine Control Center

    AMD Catalyst Mobility support for AMD Enduro™ Technology
    AMD Catalyst Mobility now includes support for AMD Enduro™ Technology. AMD Enduro Technology is currently supported on all notebook Intel® IvyBridge platforms and AMD Comal platforms that support the AMD Radeon HD 7900M, 7800M, 7700M – additional products will be supported in future Catalyst releases.”

    AMD Enduro™ Technology for Notebooks delivers:
  • Unbeatable battery life
  • GPU accelerated performance for gaming, video, and compute apps
  • A Seamless and automatic experience

    New Enduro™ Technology features found in Catalyst 12.10:
  • Re-designed Catalyst Control Center user interface
    - View all profiled applications
    - View recently run applications
    - Profile applications based on power source
  • Expert mode control and customization
    - Performance centric AC
    - Battery centric DC
  • And here's the Catalyst 12.11 beta changelog:
    This driver introduces significant performance improvements for many games across ALL 28nm AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series products: HD 7700, HD7800 and HD7900.

    Performance Highlights of the AMD CATALYST 12.11 BETA Driver
  • 10%-15% more performance in Battlefield 3 in most cases (More than 20% in certain missions and sequences (Comrades))
  • Up to 7% more performance in Metro 2033
  • Up to 10% more performance in DIRT Showdown
  • Up to 8% more performance in Sleeping Dogs
  • Up to 12% more performance in Civilization V
  • Up to 10% more performance in StarCraft II
  • Up to 8% more performance in Sniper Elite: V2

    Resolved issue highlights of AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta Driver
  • Resolves performance issues (where GPU activity runs at lower values than expected) seen on the AMD Radeon HD 7870
  • AMD Catalyst Mobility 7970M performance for AMD Enduro™ Technology supported platforms has been substantially improved for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications. An updated driver for 7970M users featuring AMD Enduro™ Technology with additional DirectX 9 performance improvements will be released soon.

    3DMark Vantage – Up to 15%
    3DMark 11 – Up to 12%
    AvP – Up to 11%
    Battlefield 3 – Up to 25%
    Crysis 2: Up to 45%
    DiRT Showdown – Up to 62%
    ETQW – Up to 8%
    Hard Reset – Up to 8%
    Just Cause 2 – Up to 90%
    The Chronicles of Riddick – Up to 4%
    Shogun 2 – Up to 56%
    Sniper Elite V2 – Up to 60%
    Tom Clancy’s HAWX – Up to 56%
    Unigine Heaven – Up to 33%
    Wolfenstein – Up to 9%



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