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Nvidia has released the 301.10 WHQL certified driver. This driver is only for the newly released GeForce GTX 680. It contains a range of new features including Nvidia GPU Boost, FXAA, Adaptive Vertical Sync, Frame Rate Target, NVENC Support and 3D Vision Surround Technology. The driver package also contains the 9.12.0213 PhysX drivers.
 


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AMD has released the official Catalyst 12.3 graphics driver for the HD 2000 series and above. This driver enables full support for the HD 7900, 7800 and 7700 series. It also contains a range of bug fixes.
 


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NVIDIA GeForce 301.24 Beta Drivers Out
By Hilbert Hagedoorn, April 10, 2012 - 3:58 AM N/A






This is the first unified driver from the R300 family of drivers (versions 300.00 to 301.99).

GeForce R300 drivers are packed with new industry-leading, GeForce-exclusive features as well as some really nice performance increases in top games.

New in R300 Drivers:

New GPU Support – Adds support for the new GeForce GTX 680, the fastest, most efficient GPU ever built. Explore GeForce GTX 680 and its new SMX architecture on GeForce.com.

Performance Boost – Increases performance for GeForce 400 Series and 500 Series GPUs in several PC games vs. GeForce 296.10 WHQL-certified drivers. Results will vary depending on your GPU and system configuration:

GeForce GTX 570/580:
◦Up to 23% in Just Cause 2 with SLI
◦Up to 21% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
◦Up to 17% in StarCraft II with SLI
◦Up to 14% in Far Cry 2 with SLI
◦Up to 9% in Bulletstorm
◦Up to 7% in Civilization V
◦Up to 6% in Deus Ex: Human Revolution with SLI
◦Up to 6% in Dragon Age 2 with SLI
◦Up to 5% in Metro 2033 with SLI
◦Up to 5% in Total War: Shogun 2

GeForce GTX 560/560 Ti:
◦Up to 20% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
◦Up to 15% in Just Cause 2 with SLI
◦Up to 13% in Far Cry 2 with SLI
◦Up to 12% in Bulletstorm
◦Up to 11% in Civilization V
◦Up to 10% in StarCraft II with SLI
◦Up to 9% in Batman: Arkham City
◦Up to 4% in Deus Ex: Human Revolution with SLI
◦Up to 4% in Dragon Age 2 with SLI
◦Up to 4% in Metro 2033 with SLI
◦Up to 4% in Total War: Shogun 2

NVIDIA FXAA Technology – shader-based anti-aliasing technology available from the NVIDIA Control Panel that enables ultra-fast anti-aliasing in hundreds of PC games. FXAA delivers similar quality to 4x multi-sample antialiasing (MSAA) but is up to 60% faster, enabling substantially higher performance in games. FXAA is supported on all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs. Note: This feature is disabled for games that already have built-in support for FXAA.

NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync – dynamically enables vertical sync based on your current frame rates for the smoothest gaming experience. Adaptive VSync is supported on all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.

NVIDIA Frame Rate Target – dynamically adjusts frame rate to a user specified target. Support for this feature is enabled via third party applications via NVAPI. Visit GeForce.com to learn more.

NVIDIA Surround Technology – Adds the following new Surround capabilities. Visit GeForce.com to learn more.
•Add in a fourth accessory display to get access to your email, web, or other applications while you game.
•Maximize an application to a single physical display when in Surround mode (enabled by default).
•Confine the Windows Taskbar to the center display (enabled by default).
•Enable bezel peeking – a feature which enables users to temporarily ‘peak’ behind the monitor bezels using a hotkey (Ctrl + Alt + B). This feature is designed to be used in conjunction with bezel corrected resolutions.
•Add or remove resolutions from the list of Surround resolutions (only those selected will be available to applications).
•Full center display acceleration for single wide display modes (center display must be connected to the master GPU).

NVIDIA SLI Technology – Adds or updates the following SLI profiles:
•Alan Wake
•Call of Juarez: The Cartel
•Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
•Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link
•Left 4 Dead
•Orcs Must Die!
•Portal 2
•Risen 2: Dark Waters
•The Darkness II

NVIDIA 3D Vision – Adds or updates the following 3D Vision profiles:
•All Zombies Must Die! – rated Fair
•Ghosts 'n Goblins Online – rated Good
•Oil Rush – rated 3D Vision Ready
•Postal III – rated Good
•Rayman Origins – rated Good
•SevenCore – rated Fair
•Stacking – rated Good
•Unigine Heaven Benchmark v3.0 – rated 3D Vision Ready
•Wargame: European Escalation – rated Good
•Warp – rated Good
•Wings of Prey – rated Fair
•Krater – rated Poor GTS 240, GeForce GT 230, GeForce GT 240, GeForce GT 220, GeForce G210, GeForce 210, GeForce 205
Reference & Download:

NVIDIA GeForce 301.24 Beta Drivers Out
 


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AMD have released Catalyst 12.4:

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.4 Windows release includes:



NEW FEATURES



Windows XP support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
•In addition to Windows 7 and Windows Vista support, Catalyst 12.4 now also introduces Windows XP (64-bit/32-bit) support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series



Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing: Level of Detail (LOD) Image Quality enhancements
•Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
•LOD Image quality enhancements have been improved when enabling Super Sample Anti-Aliasing and Adaptive Anti-Aliasing through the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center for DirectX® 10 and DirectX® 11 applications.
•Applications must support in game Anti-Aliasing for the feature to work (Forced on Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center is not supported for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications)

Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA): Significant performance enhancements
•Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series, AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series, and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
•MLAA now operates up to 80% faster than previous versions

Texture filtering quality improvements
•Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
•Improvements have been made to the texture filtering algorithm (for both DirectX9 and DirectX10/DirectX11 applications) to increase the quality of rendered textures, with no impact to performance



RESOLVED ISSUES



Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 12.4 software suite for Windows 7. These include:
•Elder Scrolls: Skyrim: no longer hangs on single GPU configurations when used with AMD Catalyst 12.3 CAP1 and later CAP releases
•Elder Scolls: Skyrim: flickering square corruption is no longer observed.
•Rage: Vsync is no longer disabled after task switching.
•Enemy Territory: Quake Wars: no longer crashes when launched in High Performance Mode.
•Stalker – Call of Pripyat: flickering is no longer observed in trees with specific Catalyst Control Center settings.
•Tom Clancy HAWX 2: no longer crashes on game launch.
•Windows Media Center: no longer crashes when run in Eyefinity mode and High Performance mode settings.
•AMD Steady Video: an error message is no longer displayed when enabling AMD Steady Video for the Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 plugin.
•Duplicating displays no longer generates random corruption.
•Tearing is no longer observed on the third screen in 3x1 and 1x3 Eyefinity configurations.
•A system crash is no longer experienced when enabling Crossfire in a 4 display configuration.
•The advanced video quality settings are now correctly displayed in the Catalyst Control Center.

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System



This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.4 software suite for Windows Vista. These include:
•The Catalyst Control Center now renders correctly when launched while playing a Bluray disc using WinDVD.

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.4 software suite for Windows XP. These include:
•Dirt 3: a system hang is no longer experienced when running game at maximum in game settings.
•Dragon Age 2: visual corruption is no longer observed.

KNOWN ISSUES

Known issues under the Windows 7 operating system

The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows 7 operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst. These include:
•Blocky video corruption may be observed while using Windows Media Player to playback HD WMV content.
•The Catalyst Control Center may experience random crashes in specific configurations.
•A green screen may be triggered when playing back Flash content using Google Chrome and Firefox.
•The Unigine Tropics demo may experience random crashes when run with shaders=low and Vsync enabled.

Known issues under the Windows Vista operating system

The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst™. These include:
•Cyberlink PowerDVD may crash when enabling BOB de-interlace mode.

Known issues under the Windows XP operating system

The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows XP operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst™. These include:
•The system may fail to resume from sleep/hibernate mode is some configurations.

Installing the AMD Catalyst Software Driver

For further information and general help on software driver installation, game issues, and more, visit AMD Customer Care.

Installation information can be found at: How to Install Your AMD Product.

AMD Catalyst Crew Driver Feedback

This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the AMD Catalyst Crew Driver Feedback program. To provide us with your feedback, visit Catalyst Crew Driver Feedback.
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Intel graphics update:

These new display drivers will enhance the capabilities of the IvyBridge embedded graphics processors and deliver better performance. As you most likely already know, the Intel IvyBridge units are DirectX 11 capable and this alone represents a guarantee for the superior video quality the CPUs are able to deliver.
Multiple resolution-related problems have been fixed and now Windows will remember the resolution setup for each user account. Mismatches between the Intel HD Graphics control panel and Windows' one have also been taken care of.

When it comes to Windows 7, the right download is the Intel HD Graphics Driver 8.15.10.2696, bringing Windows Media Center and MPEG2 files fixes for 2nd generation Core processors. The new driver also eliminates the overlapping problems which used to occur in 3-display configurations when changing from Clone to Extend Desktop with Intel [ Graphics 4000/2500.

Flickering, crashes and other corruption elements in gaming titles such as Duke Nukem Forever, Black Ops, The Darkness II, Battlefield 3 and many more have also been mended. Feel free to access the afore-mentioned highlighted links and enjoy better performance with your 2nd and 3rd Intel Core (yes, the second SandyBridge generation is also supported).
Reference and download:
Intel HD Graphics Driver 8.15.10.2696 - download tag - Softpedia
 


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New Nvidia betas are available for download at Guru3D.com:

Download the Nvidia GeForce 301.34 Beta 64-bit driver for GeForce GTX 670 and 690. •NVIDIA FXAA Technology – shader-based anti-aliasing technology available from the NVIDIA Control Panel that enables ultra-fast anti-aliasing in hundreds of PC games. FXAA delivers similar quality to 4x multi-sample antialiasing (MSAA) but is up to 60% faster, enabling substantially higher performance in games. FXAA is supported on all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs. Note: This feature is disabled for games that already have built-in support for FXAA.
•NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync – dynamically enables vertical sync based on your current frame rates for the smoothest gaming experience. Adaptive VSync is supported on all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
•NVIDIA Frame Rate Target – dynamically adjusts frame rate to a user specified target. Support for this feature is enabled via third party applications via NVAPI.
•NVIDIA Surround Technology – Adds the following new Surround capabilities. Visit GeForce.com to learn more.
◦Add in a fourth accessory display to get access to your email, web, or other applications while you game.
◦Maximize an application to a single physical display when in Surround mode (enabled by default).
◦Confine the Windows Taskbar to the center display (enabled by default).
◦Enable bezel peeking – a feature which enables users to temporarily peek behind the monitor bezels using a hotkey (Ctrl + Alt + B). This feature is designed to be used in conjunction with bezel corrected resolutions.
◦Add or remove resolutions from the list of Surround resolutions (only those selected will be available to applications).
◦Full center display acceleration for single wide display modes (center display must be connected to the master GPU).
•NVIDIA SLI Technology – Adds or updates the following SLI profiles: ◦Alan Wake
◦Call of Juarez: The Cartel
◦Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
◦Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link
◦Left 4 Dead
◦Orcs Must Die!
◦Portal 2
◦Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
◦Risen 2: Dark Waters
◦The Darkness II
◦Battlefield: Bad Company 2
◦Crusader Kings II
◦Max Payne 3
◦Sniper Elite V2
◦Street Fighter X Tekken

•NVIDIA 3D Vision – Adds or updates the following 3D Vision profiles: ◦All Zombies Must Die! – rated Fair
◦Ghosts 'n Goblins Online – rated Good
◦Oil Rush – rated 3D Vision Ready
◦Postal III – rated Good
◦Rayman Origins – rated Good
◦SevenCore – rated Fair
◦Stacking – rated Good
◦Unigine Heaven Benchmark v3.0 – rated 3D Vision Ready
◦Wargame: European Escalation – rated Good
◦Warp – rated Good
◦Wings of Prey – rated Fair
◦Krater – rated Poor
◦Adam’s Venture Episode 1- rated Poor
◦Blacklight: Retribution – rated Poor
◦The Darkness II – updated in-game recommended settings
◦Depth Hunter – updated profile
◦Dirt: Showdown – rated Good
◦Passion Leads Army Benchmark – rated 3D Vision Ready
◦Resident Evil: Operating Raccoon City – Rated Fair
◦rFactor 2 – changed rating to 3D Vision Ready
◦Trackmania 2: Canyon – rated Fair
◦Unigine 3.0 Heaven Benchmark – updated profile
◦World of Tanks – changed rated to Excellent.


Other Details
•Installs PhysX System Software v9.12.0213.
•Installs HD Audio v1.3.12.0.
•Supports OpenGL 4.2
•Supports DisplayPort 1.2
•Supports multiple languages and APIs for GPU computing: CUDA C, CUDA C++, CUDA Fortran, OpenCL, DirectCompute, and Microsoft C++ AMP.
Reference and download:

Nvidia GeForce 301.34 Drivers
 


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[TD="class: body, width: 760, colspan: 3"]If you encounter any issues – please fill out our Catalyst Crew Feedback Form.
Issue Description: We’ve recently identified an issue where some of our legacy graphics products are producing certain artifacts in Diablo III with our latest release of Catalyst™ 12.4. This issue only affects users of ATI Radeon™ HD 2400, 2600, 2900, 3400, 3600 and 4500 graphics cards under Windows® Vista® and Windows 7.
Note: Users of these products under Windows XP are unaffected.
Resolution:
This issue has now been resolved in the AMD Catalyst 12.4a hotfix driver. Users of the ATI Radeon HD 2400, 2600, 2900, 3400, 3600 and 4500 graphics cards are the only AMD customers who need to download this hotfix driver.

Download and install the driver from the following location:

For detailed instructions on how to install the driver, please refer to:

Note! This Driver is provided “AS IS” and under the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement provided therewith.
Applicable Products:
This article applies to the following configuration(s):
Hardware

  • ATI Radeon HD 4500 Series
  • ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series
  • ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series
  • ATI Radeon HD 2900
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600
  • ATI Radeon HD 2400
Software

  • Diablo III
Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 64-bit Edition
  • Windows 7 32-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista 32-bit Edition

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Nvidia has released the 301.42 WHQL certified driver. This driver is for GeForce 6 and higher desktop cards, and includes support for all the new GTX 600 series. It is similar to the recent 301.24 Beta which introduced a range of new features, but also adds official 4-way GTX 670 support along with a range of fixes.
 


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AMD Catalyst™ 12.4b Hotfix Driver

We’ve recently identified an issue where some of our legacy graphics products are producing certain artifacts in Diablo III and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with our latest release of AMD Catalyst™ 12.4. This issue affects users of ATI Radeon™ HD 2400, 2600, 2900, 3400, 3600 and 4500 graphics cards.
Resolution:
This issue has now been addressed with the AMD Catalyst 12.4b hotfix driver. Users of the ATI Radeon HD 2400, 2600, 2900, 3400, 3600 and 4500 graphics cards should download this hotfix driver.

Download and install the driver from the following location:

For detailed instructions on how to install the driver, please refer to:

Note! This Driver is provided “AS IS” and under the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement provided therewith.
Applicable Products:
This article applies to the following configuration(s):

Hardware

  • ATI Radeon HD 4500 Series
  • ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series
  • ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series
  • ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 Series
  • ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series
Software

  • Diablo III
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 64-bit Edition
  • Windows 7 32-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista 32-bit Edition
 


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5/31/2012
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[TD="class: body, width: 760, colspan: 3"]With the release of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.6 Beta driver (“Catalyst”), AMD would also like to announce that we are moving away from our Monthly Catalyst release plan. Our goal is to ensure that every Catalyst release delivers a substantial benefit to our end users; as we have today with the release of the Catalyst 12.6a Beta. We will still continue with the Catalyst naming convention; Catalyst: Year.Month. You just won’t see a new driver every single month. We are confident that this will only benefit the end user; you’ll only need to upgrade to a new Catalyst driver, when it makes sense.
We would also like to announce the introduction of our new AMD Issue Reporting Form. We made a number of improvements to the older Catalyst Crew Feedback form, making it more comprehensive, ensuring high quality feedback. Feedback is very important in every product company’s life, especially in our fast paced environment. This is not just a check-box for us – we take these reports very seriously. We will review every report posted here and investigate every issue encountered. Please use this form whenever you encounter something worth mentioning.

Resolved issue highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.6 Beta:

  • AMD Radeon™ HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Tri-CrossFire™ configurations + Eyefinity BSOD when launching a DirectX application.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Eyefinity/Multiple Display configurations BSOD when using desktop applications.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 cards hang when system goes to sleep.
  • Tearing on Eyefinity configurations when different display connector types are used.
  • Poor Elder Scrolls: Skyrim CrossFire scaling seen in AMD Catalyst 12.4 (back to CrossFire scaling found in AMD Catalyst 12.3).
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center – intermittently missing Overdrive page.
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center – missing GPU Activity gauge.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900 CrossFire Configuration – system hang after cinematic in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
  • Crysis 2 -random system hangs when run in DirectX 9 mode.
  • Heroes and Generals: Blocky corruption in scenes with smoke effects when run in DirectX 11 mode.
  • Disabled HDMI audio when the connected HDTV is powered Off/On.

Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta:

Dual Graphics enhancements – new application profiles

  • Supported Dual Graphics configurations:
    AMD Accelerated Processors for Desktop PCs
    • AMD Radeon HD 7660D (A10-5700)
    • AMD Radeon HD 7560D (A8-5500
    Notebooks with AMD Accelerated Processors
    • AMD Radeon HD 7660D (A10-4600)
    • AMD Radeon HD 7640G (A8-4500M)
    • AMD Radeon HD 7520G (A6-4400M)
  • New profiles have been added for the following game titles:
    • Diablo 3
    • Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
    • StarCraft 2
    • Portal 2
    • Call of Duty Modern Warfare
    • Call of Duty Black Ops
  • Future Catalyst releases will continue to add Dual Graphics support for additional titles
Instructions:
Download and install the driver from the following location:

For detailed instructions on how to install the driver, please refer to:

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AMD Catalyst 12.x (9.00 June 12) Unofficial BETA

Software Description

Download AMD Catalyst 12.x (9.00 June 12) Unofficial BETA

Support for Win 7 and 8. Vista does not seem to be included

Supported cards: HD5000 and onwards.


Build Info:
DriverVer=06/12/2012, 9.000.0.0000
9.00-120612a-140545E-ATI
CCC: 2012.0612.1938.33422
2D: 8.01.01.1262
D3D: 9.14.10.0922
OGL: 6.14.10.11806
CAP: 9.00_20120612_2014_
OpenCL: 10.0.993.1

Application profiles changes vs 12.6 cap1:
Alan Wake Modified
Witcher 2 Modified
Test Drive Ferrari Legends Modified
TJ3: Myths and Heroes Added CFX Profile

Download:

AMD Catalyst 12.x (9.00 June 12) Unofficial BETA download from Guru3D.com
 


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Nvidia has released the Beta 304.48 graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 6 and higher desktop cards under Windows Vista and 7. It contains performance improvements in a range of games, new SLI and 3D Vision profiles, and bug fixes. The driver package also contains the 9.12.0604 PhysX drivers
 


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[TD="class: h1, colspan: 2"][h=1]AMD Catalyst™ 12.6 Hotfix Driver for QQ Dancer[/h][/TD]
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[TD="class: body, width: 760, colspan: 3"]This hotfix driver resolves the random black screen issue seen with the online game QQ Dancer. Instructions:
Download and install the Driver from the following location:

For detailed instructions on how to install the drivers, please refer to:

  • Article GPU-33 for a Windows 7 based system
  • Article GPU-2 for a Windows XP
Note! This Driver is provided “AS IS” and under the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement provided therewith.
Applicable Products:

This article applies to the following configuration(s):
Hardware:

  • AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
Software:
  • QQ Dancer

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6/28/2012

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This article provides information on the latest posting of AMD’s software suite, AMD Catalyst™12.6. This particular software suite updates the AMD display driver and the AMD Catalyst Control Center/AMD Vision Engine Control Center. This unified driver has been updated and is designed to provide enhanced level of power, performance, and reliability. Package Content
The AMD Catalyst software suite 12.6 contains the following:

  • AMD display driver version 8.98
  • HydraVision™ for Windows Vista[SUP]®[/SUP] and Windows[SUP]®[/SUP] 7
  • Southbridge/IXP Driver
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center version 8.98/AMD Vision Engine Control Center version 8.98.
Caution!


  • The AMD Catalyst Control Center/AMD Vision Engine Control Center requires that the Microsoft® .NET Framework SP1 be installed for Windows XP and Windows Vista. Without .NET SP1 installed, the AMD Catalyst Control Center/AMD Vision Engine Control Center will not launch properly and the user will see an error message.
Notes.

  • When installing the AMD Catalyst driver for Windows operating system, the user must be logged on as Administrator or have Administrator rights to complete the installation of the AMD Catalyst driver.
  • The Catalyst driver requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be installed.
  • These release notes provide information on the AMD display driver only. For information on the ATI Multimedia Center™, HydraVision, HydraVision Basic Edition, Remote Wonder™, or the Southbridge/IXP driver, please refer to their respective release notes found at: http://support.amd.com/.
  • AMD Eyefinity technology is designed to give gamers access to high display resolutions. As pixel count grows, the graphics “horsepower” required to drive the displays at a reasonable frame rate can increase dramatically. Depending on the game and system configuration, users may notice texture corruption and reduced frame rates when running games in multi-monitor Eyefinity modes.
  • Windows Driver Model (WDM) drivers are no longer bundled in the AMD Catalyst software suite. The WDM drivers install bundle can be downloaded independently through the AMD website.
AMD Product Compatibility
The AMD Catalyst driver is compatible with the following AMD products.
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Radeon HD 6310D Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Radeon HD 6300 Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Radeon HD 6200 Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Radeon HD 6600 Series
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[TD="width: 295"]ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Radeon HD 6550D Series
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[TD="width: 295"]ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Radeon HD 6530D Series
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[TD="width: 295"]ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD FireStream 9250
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD FireStream 9170
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AMD Mobility Radeon™ Family Compatibility
AMD Catalyst Mobility is a notebook reference graphics driver with limited support forsystem vendor specific features. When used with Windows Vista or Windows 7, the user experience may be limited or compromised.
The Installation Verification Software is designed to prevent driver download on certain notebook products. This is to protect against the installing of drivers that may disable features or functionality provided by the system manufacturer.When used with Windows Vista or Windows 7, the user experience may be limited or compromised. In such a situation, it is recommended to revert back to the driver provided by your systemvendor for your specific platform. Please contact your system vendor for the most recentdrivers for your notebook.
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AMD Mobility Product Families
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Mobility Radeon™ HD 6900M Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Mobility RadeonHD 6800M Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5700 Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6300M Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5600 Series
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[TD="width: 295"]AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5400 Series
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The following notebooks are not compatible with this release:

  • Any notebook launched after this driver release
  • Switchable Graphics enabled notebooks
  • Toshiba notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
  • Sony VAIO notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks
  • Panasonic notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
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Compatible Operating Systems
The latest version of the AMD Catalyst software suite is designed to support the following Microsoft[SUP]®[/SUP]Windows[SUP]®[/SUP] platforms:

  • Windows 7 32-bit version
  • Windows 7 64-bit version
  • Windows Vista 32-bit version
  • Windows Vista 64-bit version
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows XP Home Edition
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Feature Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.6:
Dual Graphics enhancements – new application profiles for DirectX 9 applications

  • Supported Dual Graphics configurations:
    AMD Accelerated Processors for Desktop PCs
    • AMD Radeon™ HD 7660D (A10-5800K)
    • AMD Radeon™ HD 7660D (A10-5700)
    • AMD Radeon™ HD 7560D (A8-5600K)
    • AMD Radeon™ HD 7560D (A8-5500)

    Notebooks with AMD Accelerated Processors
    • AMD Radeon™ HD 7660G (A10-4600M)
    • AMD Radeon™ HD 7640D (A8-4500M)
    • AMD Radeon™ HD 7520D (A6-4400M)
  • New profiles have been added for the following titles:
    • Diablo 3
    • Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
    • StarCraft 2
    • Portal 2
    • Call of Duty Modern Warfare
    • Call of Duty Black Ops

RESOLVED ISSUES

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 OperatingSystem
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst12.6 software suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • CERT recently approached AMD with information pertaining to what they believed to be a possible video driver vulnerability exposed by non-default settings of the Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). EMET is a security test tool that allows system administrators to create test conditions to validate correct behavior of system components or indicate potential weak points.
    • The AMD Catalyst 12.6 driver for the AMD Radeon HD 7000, AMD Radeon HD 6000, and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series is designed to resolve a possible video driver vulnerability issue and to minimize the occurrence of system crashes.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Eyefinity/Multiple Display configurations - BSOD when using desktop applications.
  • AMD Catalyst 12.6 includes some additional fixes(not found in the AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta) for the AMD Radeon™ HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 graphics cards for issues related to the GPU hanging when the system goes to sleep. Please ensure that your System BIOS is up to date. Some occurrences of this issue may be related to an outdated System BIOS.
  • Heroes and Generals - Blocky corruption in scenes with smoke effects when run in DirectX 11 mode.
  • AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 CrossFire Configuration – system hang after cinematics in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
  • AMD A4, AMD A6, AMD A8 and AMD A10 APU Products - crashes after repeated toggling between VGA and HDMI monitors.
  • System hangs after playing various DVD and Bluray titles with PowerDVD.
  • Video corruption seen after playing some DivX video clips using Windows Media Center.
  • AMD Radeon 7800 series products: Crysis 2 hangs when run in DirectX 9 mode.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Eyefinity/Multiple Display configurations - BSOD when using desktop applications in DirectX 11 mode.
Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst™12.6 software suite for Windows Vista. These include:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops - Poor game performance experienced when run in Tridef mode with in-game AA enabled.
KNOWN ISSUES

Known issues under the Windows 7 operating system
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows 7 operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst. These include:

  • AMD Radeon HD7900 series products - Crysis Warhead may crash when launched.
  • Total War: Shogun 2 - flickering text when run in DirectX[SUP]®[/SUP] 11 mode with AMD CrossfireX enabled.
  • Dirt: Showdown 8-Ball Track - may hang when run in AMD CrossFireX™ mode.
Installing the AMD Catalyst Software Driver
For further information and general help on software driver installation, game issues, and more, visit AMD Customer Care.
Installation information can be found at: How to Install Your AMD Product.
AMD ISSUE REPORTING FORM
This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the AMD Issue Reporting Form. To provide us with your feedback, visit the AMD Issue Reporting Form.
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Even more goodies for AMD users.....

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6/28/2012

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GPU-167
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This release of AMD Catalyst™ 12.7 Beta includes a number of performance optimizations for the AMD Radeon ™ HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series. Performance highlights of AMD Catalyst 12.7 Beta

  • Up to 25% Skyrim
  • Up to 6% in Crysis 2
  • Up to 20% in Total War: Shogun 2
  • Up to 3.3% in Battlefield 3
  • Up to 6.9% In 3DMark™ 11
  • Up to 4.8% in Aliens vs. Predator
  • Up to 6.5% in Batman: Arkham City
  • Up to 8% in Crysis Warhead
  • Up to 7.2% in F1 2010
  • Up to 8% in Just Cause 2
  • Up to 12% in Wolfenstein MP
Feature highlights of AMD Catalyst 12.7 Beta
Diablo 3: Anti-Aliasing support:

  • Users can now enable Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing and Super Sample Anti-Aliasing for Diablo 3 through the AMD Catalyst Control Center.
Resolved Issues for the Windows® 7, Windows Vista® and Windows XP Operating System

  • Elder Scrolls: Skyrim- screen flickering when in AMD CrossFire™ mode
    Note: This issue was first observed with version 1.6 of Skyrim.
Instructions:
Download and install the Driver from the following location:

For detailed instructions on how to install the drivers, please refer to:

  • Article GPU-33 for a Windows 7 based system
  • Article GPU-1 for a Windows Vista based system
Note! This Driver is provided “AS IS” and under the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement provided therewith.
Applicable Products:This article applies to the following configuration(s):
Hardware:

  • AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
  • AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • AMD Mobility Radeon HD 7000M Series
  • AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6000M Series
  • AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series
Feedback is very important in every product company’s life, especially in our fast paced environment. This is not just a check-box for us – we take these reports very seriously. We will review every report posted using the AMD Issue Reporting Form below and will investigate every issue encountered. Please use this form whenever you encounter something worth mentioning.
Report Issues with this Driver Release:

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Nvidia has released the 9.12.0613 PhysX drivers. These are newer than the PhysX version included in the latest 304.48 Beta GeForce graphics drivers.
 


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