AMD Catalyst Driver v11.8 Now Available

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The latest version, 11.8 of the AMD Catalyst Control Center is now available for download. There’s a pretty big list of features and improvements including games like Crysis 2, FEAR 3 and Call of Duty Black Ops.AMD Catalyst update

 

AMD Catalyst 11.8 New Features

  • AMD Overdrive has been enhanced to include both CPU and GPU over-clocking controls within the AMD Vision Control Center
  • CPU over-clocking is only supported on AMD Black edition CPUs

 

 

 

AMD Catalyst 11.8 Performance Highlights

  • Improves performance up to 10% in Crysis 2 DirectX 11 version for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Improves performance up to 8% in Fear 3 DirectX 11 version with application enabled Anti-Aliasing on the 
    AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Improves performance up to 30% when AMD’s Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) is enabled through the 
    Catalyst™ Control Center on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
  • Improves performance up to 20% in Call of Duty Black Operations for single GPU and Multi-GPU configurations on the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series

 

AMD Catalyst 11.8 Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.8 software suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • The option to “Apply current video quality settings to internet video" is no longer randomly missing from the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center / AMD Vision™ Engine Control Center.
  • 3DMark 11 no longer intermittently generates a BSOD error when run using a standard user account.
  • Playing HD video content overnight using Windows Media Center no longer causes the system to hang or generates a BSOD error.
  • Random graphical corruption is no longer experienced when playing Crysis 2 in a Crossfire environment.
  • Image stabilization is now correctly applied to DivX clips when using Windows Media Player.
  • Enabling AntiAliasing when playing Starcraft 2 no longer causes random screen blackouts.
  • Video corruption is no longer seen when scrolling through DivX 5 video files using Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player.
  • Menu corruption is no longer seen when running F.E.A.R 3 in DirectX 11 mode.
  • Video playback now functions correctly after enabling hardware acceleration in VLC version 1.1.10.

AMD Catalyst 11.8 Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.8 software suite for Windows Vista. These include:

  • PowerDVD no longer randomly displays a blank screen when playing back BluRay content with Crossfire enabled.
  • BSOD errors are no longer intermittently experienced after installing the driver with Crossfire enabled.

AMD Catalyst 11.8 Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.8 software suite for Windows XP. These include:

  • PowerDVD no longer randomly displays a blank screen during video playback when switching from extended display mode to cloned display mode.

AMD Catalyst 11.8 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:

  • STALKER - Call of Pripyat may randomly hang when entering a new or saved game.
  • Random corruption may be observed when running the Unigine Heaven benchmark in Fixed High Performance mode.
  • F1 2010 may randomly hang on application launch.
  • Battlefield – Bad Company 2 may randomly hang after a period of game play.
  • Dungeon Siege 3 may randomly hang on application launch.
  • Dead Rising 2 may randomly hang on application launch.
  • Random flashing may be observed while playing F1 2010 and Dirt 2.

 

AMD Catalyst 11.8 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:

  • Windows Aero options may not be available after installing the driver.
  • Doom 3 and Quake 4 may experience graphical corruption.
  • Performing Bezel compensation in certain Eyefinity configurations may cause some bezel groups to not appear.

AMD Catalyst 11.8 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

  • Enemy Territory – Quake Wars may experience random graphics corruption.
  • Quake 4 may experience random graphics corruption.

 

AMD Catalyst 11.8 Package Content

The AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center 11.8 software suite contains the following: 

  • AMD display driver version 8.881
  • HydraVision for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Southbridge/IXP Driver
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center version 8.881 / AMD Vision Engine Control Center version 8.881.

Important ! Caution !

  • The AMD display driver and the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center can be downloaded independently of each other. However, for better stability and performance AMD recommends that both components be updated from the same AMD Catalyst release.
  • 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.
  • 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 gives 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

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