AMD Driver Changes

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. Ars Technica 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.
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One of the things that most people seem to be missing is that the new setting app will be quicker to startup. It uses QT instead of .Net. The OS was always telling me about how slow CCC was to start and how it hindered my start-up performance.

The other thing is since it is based on QT, it should work just as well in Linux as it does in Windows bringing them more parity.
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