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New AMD/ATI Catalyst Beta - Monthly Driver Releases Ending

AMD announces the release of an AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta Driver with an advance look at the next reference drivers for ATI/AMD graphics cards. If you are wondering what happened to May's version 12.5 drivers, AMD announces they are moving away from their monthly schedule: "With the release of the Catalyst 12.6 Beta driver, 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."

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14. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Beta - Monthly Driver Releases Ending Jun 1, 2012, 08:30 theyarecomingforyou
Dev wrote on May 31, 2012, 22:29:
I see that happen quite often for ATI, I rarely see a new game come out that doesn't already have nvidia driver support.
It still happens with nVidia. DiRT Showdown had broken SLI out-of-the-box because nVidia specified the wrong .exe file; not only that but the profile they selected had major performance issues with water detail and snow levels. It was a user that ended up posting a performance fix on the forum.

AMD certainly has had the most high profile driver issues though and I experienced numerous issues with their drivers last year, including RAGE and Skyrim. Both games took a very long time to correct.

If AMD is doing this to improve driver quality then that's great. However, this comes after AMD has made some major cuts to staff levels and it's hard to believe this is being done for the right reasons. Just look at their support for Windows 8 - they've already announced they won't be supporting relatively recent cards (the HD4xxx series), whereas nVidia fully supports much older cards.
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