AMD announces they are renaming the driver suite for their graphics cards to
Radeon Software Crimson, from Catalyst, and that the new software should roll
out by the end of this year. They say this will use a new framework under the
hood, and that they plan on supporting users with more frequent driver updates.
has some presentation slides covering the news, and here is
part of their write-up:
For now, AMD is only talking about the UI changes
in Crimson, which is dramatically different from the old CCC. (More will be
revealed about underlying driver changes at a later date, but AMD was vague
about when that might be.) The new flat design features five tabs at the top for
Gaming, Video, Display, Eyefinity, and System, while the buttons at the bottom
cover Updates, Preferences, and Notifications. In the middle, taking up the
lion's share of the window, there's a carousel that displays announcements and
promotions about games when not being used to display settings.
Crimson offers up much of the same settings as CCC, but it makes them easier to
find. Under the Gaming tab you will find the new Game Manager, which allows you
to tweak graphics settings globally or on a per-game basis. This includes
anti-aliasing modes, tessellation modes, and frame rate target control (which
sets a frame rate cap at the hardware level). There's also the new option to
enable Overdrive settings (overclocking) on a per-game basis. The Overdrive UI
has been given a tweak, making it much easier to understand and use.