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AMD Catalyst 14.9 driver now available

Posted on Tuesday, September 30 2014 @ 09:26:53 CEST by

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AMD issued the Catalyst 14.9 drivers, you can download them over here. This release offers performance enhancements in a number of popular games as well as Eyefinity enhancements and some other bug fixes.
Highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 14.9 Windows Driver:

  • Support for the AMD Radeon R9 28

    Performance improvements (comparing AMD Catalyst 14.9 vs. AMD Catalyst 14.4):
    3DMark Sky Diver improvements
  • AMD A4 6300 – improves up to 4%
  • Enables AMD Dual Graphics / AMD CrossFire support

    3DMark Fire Strike
  • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series - improves up to 5% in Performance Preset

  • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series / R9 270 Series - improves up to 4% in Entry and Performance Preset

    BioShock Infinite
  • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series – 1920x1080 - improves up to 5%

    Company of Heroes 2
  • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series - improves up to 8%

    Crysis 3
  • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series / R9 270 Series – improves up to 10%

    Grid Auto Sport
  • AMD CrossFire profile

    Murdered Soul Suspect
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X (2560x1440, 4x MSAA, 16x AF) – improves up to 50%
  • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series / R9 270 Series – improves up to 6%
  • CrossFire configurations improve scaling up to 75%

    Plants vs. Zombies (Direct3D performance improvements)
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X - 1920x1080 Ultra – improves up to 11%
  • AMD Radeon R9290X - 2560x1600 Ultra – improves up to 15%
  • AMD Radeon R9290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra) - 92% scaling

    Batman Arkham Origins:
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X (4x MSAA) – improves up to 20%
  • CrossFire configurations see up to a 70% gain in scaling

  • Power Xpress profile
  • Performance improvements to improve smoothness of application
  • Performance improves up to 30% on the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series of products for both single GPU and Multi-GPU configurations

    Tomb Raider
  • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series – improves up to 5%

    Watch Dogs
  • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series / R9 270 Series – improves up to 9%
  • AMD CrossFire – Frame pacing improvement
  • Improved CrossFire performance – up to 20%

    Assassin's Creed IV
  • Improves CrossFire scaling (3840x2160 High Settings) up to 93% (CrossFire scaling improvement of 25% compared to AMD Catalyst 14.4)

  • Improves performance for single GPU and Multi-GPU configurations

    Star Craft II
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X (2560x1440, AA, 16x AF) – improves up to 20%

    AMD Eyefinity enhancements
    Mixed Resolution Support
  • A new architecture providing brand new capabilities
  • Display groups can be created with monitors of different resolution (including difference sizes and shapes)

    Users have a choice of how surface is created over the display group
  • Fill – legacy mode, best for identical monitors
  • Fit – create the Eyefinity surface using best available rectangular area with attached displays
  • Expand – create a virtual Eyefinity surface using desktops as viewports onto the surface

    Eyefinity Display Alignment
  • Enables control over alignment between adjacent monitors
  • One-Click Setup
  • Driver detects layout of extended desktop
  • Can create Eyefinity display group using this layout in one click!

    New user controls for video color and display settings
    Greater control over Video Color Management:
  • Controls have been expanded from a single slider for controlling Boost and Hue to per color axis
  • Color depth control for Digital Flat Panels (available on supported HDMI and DP displays)
  • Allows users to select different color depths per resolution and display

    AMD Mantle enhancements
  • Mantle now supports AMD Mobile products with Enduro technology
  • Battlefield 4: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1366x768; high settings) – 21% gain
  • Thief: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1920x1080; high settings) – 14% gain
  • Star Swarm: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1920x1080; medium settings) – 274% gain
  • Enables support for Multi-GPU configurations with Thief (requires the latest Thief update)

    AMD AM1 JPEG decoding acceleration
  • JPEG decoding acceleration was first enabled on the A10 APU Series in AMD Catalyst 14.1 beta, and has now been extended to the AMD AM1 Platform
  • Provides fast JPEG decompression
  • Provides Power Efficiency for JPEG decompression

    Resolved Issues
  • 60Hz SST flickering has been identified as an issue with non-standard display timings exhibited by the AOC U2868PQU panel on certain AMD Radeon™ graphics cards. A software workaround has been implemented in the AMD Catalyst 14.9 driver to resolve the display timing issues with this display
  • Users seeing flickering issues in 60Hz SST mode are further encouraged to obtain newer display firmware from their monitor vendor that will resolve flickering at its origin.
  • Users are additionally advised to utilize DisplayPort-certified cables to ensure the integrity of the DisplayPort data connection.
  • 4K panel flickering issues found on the AMD Radeon R9 290 Series and AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
  • Screen tearing observed on AMD CrossFire systems with Eyefinity portrait display configurations
  • Instability issues for Grid Autosport when running in 2x1 or 1x2 Eyefinity configurations
  • Geometry corruption in State of Decay

    Known Issues
  • [404829]: Horizontal flashing lines on second screen in a clone mode with V-Sync on using AMD Mobility Graphics with Switchable Intel Graphics
  • [404508]: Display takes a long time to redraw the screen after an S4 cycle
  • [405432]: Mantle driver will TDR when running Star Swarm on the loading screen
  • [404660]: GPU gets stuck in a low power state after it was previously stressed to max power
  • [403032]: Severe flickering observed on default launch of SimCity 4
  • [403449]: Playing any media sample in full screen in the 2x1/1x2 Fill SLS configuration leads to TDR
  • [400573]: Intermittent application hang observed while launching Aliens vs. Predator
  • [400693]: While running performance test, crash is observed with fault module atidxx32.dll
  • [401386]: Severe corruption and flashing light observed with specific game settings in Grid 2
  • [401289]: Flashing lights in Batman Arkham Origins game main menu



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