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New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers

New version 10.12 Catalyst reference drivers for AMD/ATI graphics cards are now available from GAME.AMD.COM, where there are drivers for Windows 7 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, and Windows XP 64-bit. The new drivers feature DivX video acceleration (pending the release of an updated DivX player in a couple of days), support for OpenGL version 4.1, and more. Some of those download links also offer a new Catalyst 10.12 preview package with a brand new Catalyst Control Center.

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13. No New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers for XP. Dec 14, 2010, 11:03 Ant
 
According to http://www.rage3d.com/articles/catalyst_2011_image_quality_investigation/ ...

"Now, as we move into the second year of the second decade of the third millennium, we have AMD's revamped and reworked driver and hardware interface. Support for Windows XP is dropped, and the new Catalyst Control Center targets Windows 7 users - Vista platforms will need to upgrade to .NET 3.5.1 and Windows Presentation Foundation."


I wonder what happens if an XP user tries to install the suite with this new CCC.
 
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12. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Dec 14, 2010, 05:07 Ant
 
KilrathiAce wrote on Dec 14, 2010, 02:32:
I got weird small issue with these 10.12 drivers(both old and new ccc). I have 5870/win7 64bit/i7 950. On 10.12 drivers if I go to a website that lists bunch of youtube videos like: http://wn.com/Hellsau and play them and quickly switch which one is playing one by one eventually I will get a screen flash and warning "Display driver amdkmdap stopped responding and has successfully recovered." Nothing really happens bad wise, video still plays etc but these warnings are annoying. Now if I switch videos in youtube then its no problems, however, in 10.11 drivers if I do same thing i cannot reproduce this warning. This bothers me.
Check other ATI forums, newsgroup, etc. and see if they report the same problem.
 
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11. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Dec 14, 2010, 02:32 KilrathiAce
 
I got weird small issue with these 10.12 drivers(both old and new ccc). I have 5870/win7 64bit/i7 950. On 10.12 drivers if I go to a website that lists bunch of youtube videos like: http://wn.com/Hellsau and play them and quickly switch which one is playing one by one eventually I will get a screen flash and warning "Display driver amdkmdap stopped responding and has successfully recovered." Nothing really happens bad wise, video still plays etc but these warnings are annoying. Now if I switch videos in youtube then its no problems, however, in 10.11 drivers if I do same thing i cannot reproduce this warning. This bothers me.  
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10. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Dec 14, 2010, 02:29 Jerykk
 
I'm still waiting for good Crossfire support. For one, Crossfire should be supported by every game and it should never, ever, reduce performance. When ATI releases a new application profile that adds support for a game, this "support" should not consist of disabling Crossfire support in said game (Darksiders, I'm looking at you). Finally, Crossfire support for new games should be added to the drivers BEFORE those games are released.

When Crossfire works properly, it's great. Unfortunately, it almost never works properly with new games. I have to either read the forums and create a custom profile, disable Crossfire completely or wait a month for an official application profile from ATI. Considering how expensive Crossfire cards and setups are, it's ridiculous how poorly ATI supports them.
 
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9. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Dec 14, 2010, 00:55 LittleMe
 
Not buggy or bloated here so far. I like the new CCC panel because it doesn't display that 3d scene which uses resources.

While game developers are busy patching games so they'll run well when everyone's gaming over the Xmas break, AMD's releasing features that no one's going to use anytime soon. DivX? What year is this? How about give us some Civ 5 performance improvements instead.

They are at the stage they are at and we don't see the whole picture. I'm glad for the new features. Oh and they do have their app signature update releases which are separate from the driver releases so check those.

This comment was edited on Dec 14, 2010, 01:43.
 
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8. How's the new Catalyst Control Center? Dec 13, 2010, 20:01 Ant
 
Buggy? Bloated?  
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7. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Dec 13, 2010, 19:39 skyguy
 
Release notes here:

http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/AMDCatalyst1012ReleaseNotes.aspx

Bunch of new features, almost no performance improvements. While game developers are busy patching games so they'll run well when everyone's gaming over the Xmas break, AMD's releasing features that no one's going to use anytime soon. DivX? What year is this? How about give us some Civ 5 performance improvements instead. Watching textures fill in one by one on my 5850 is just painful.
 
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6. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Dec 13, 2010, 17:47 Acleacius
 
Taking another run on KotOR and next KotOR TSL with Restored Content atm. WinXP 32, I had to drop back to 7.12 (Omega) to actually stop the graphic tearing.  
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5. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Dec 13, 2010, 17:07 DG
 
Release Notes link still there on the Vista64 page:
http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/1012releasenotes.aspx
though "Due to routine maintenance, AMD's web site is temporarily unavailable. We apologize for the inconvenience. This area will be back online as soon as possible."
 
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4. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Dec 13, 2010, 17:06 Joss
 
20+ frames gained in ArmA:OA!


I kid. I kid.
 
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3. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Dec 13, 2010, 17:02 KilrathiAce
 
In the past each release had pdf release notes listed on same site, there are no release notes pdf for 10.12 anywhere that I can find... come on ATI.  
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2. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Dec 13, 2010, 16:02  Blue 
 
Shok wrote on Dec 13, 2010, 15:41:
I'm seeing a download link for the new Catalyst 10.12 preview on the Windows 7 64-bit link you posted.

Ah, clarity at last. Thank you.
 
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1. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Reference Drivers Dec 13, 2010, 15:41 Shok
 
I'm seeing a download link for the new Catalyst 10.12 preview on the Windows 7 64-bit link you posted.  
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