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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 11:21

AMD releases new catalyst driver

Written by Nick Farell

Sorts out the browser GPU integration
AMD has released a new version of its Catalyst drives which fixes a few problems users have been having getting their GPUs to run with hardware accelerated software like browsers and Adobe Photoshop.

Lately software like Adobe's Photoshop and Premiere have made use of hardware acceleration (HWA) as have popular playback programs like VLC and PowerDVD. Now with Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4, Google Chrome, and Opera using hardware acceleration it is important that the GPUs were able to cope.

In the latest version of its 11.4 Update will stop a problem which showed high GPU usage after running Firefox 4 with hardware acceleration enabled. Catalyst 11.4 fixes a number of other issues as well, and boosts performance on some popular games by 15-20 per cent.

There's also an improved OpenCL runtime, and the Control Center has been tweaked with new task-based management options and Eyefinity groups features. Windows Vista user will get MPEG2 video playback hardware accelerated in Windows Media Player and Media Center.

It can be downloaded from you know where.
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+34 #1 Steve-O 2011-05-04 12:07
Nick, where were you about 7 days ago when the 11.4 CCC's were actually released? Hunting down ObL with Seal Team Six?
-9 #2 paradigital 2011-05-04 12:37
Quoting Steve-O:
Nick, where were you about 7 days ago when the 11.4 CCC's were actually released? Hunting down ObL with Seal Team Six?

Erm, these are an UPDATE to 11.4, you know, a more up to date version of 11.4.
+21 #3 mamisano 2011-05-04 14:51
Quoting paradigital:
Erm, these are an UPDATE to 11.4, you know, a more up to date version of 11.4.

Actually, those enhancements are in the original CAT 11.4 release notes. There is no "Update" version available from AMD, nor is there a Hotfix version either (except for XP and Linux).
+5 #4 Bl0bb3r 2011-05-04 19:36
It probably isn't the update Nick was talking about in the article but there is a hotfix 11.4c for some people experiencing issues on XP and 7:

"Resolves intermittent flickering issues seen in the following applications in a system using an AMD Radeon™ HD 6600 series graphics card with DDR3 memory and running in DirectX® 9 mode:
* Civilization 5
* Dead Rising 2
* Fallout 3
* ShenGuiChuanQi
* Starcraft 2
* Warcraft III
* World of Warcraft"

-3 #5 BLooDTReX 2011-05-04 21:08
Funny thing, one of the most played FPS on PC is BBC2 and these ATI/Idiots don't even support it anymore. I have 2x5970 Quadfire and 11.4 cats give me 7fps...lol. Fire the A-holes in the driver department AMD.
+2 #6 Bl0bb3r 2011-05-04 21:29
My suggestion would be to clean your system of old drivers and try to find the working drivers for your card, try the older ones and hotfixes as well. Note that the latest drivers won't always work the best in some cases.
-3 #7 BLooDTReX 2011-05-04 23:06
Thanks for the advice friend but I have used every driver since the release and the drivers that do work give blck flash screens in that game and it's an overall issue with alot of people. I have 2x3870x2, 2x4870x2 and 2x 5970 so I have been a fan and have experienced every and all and I haven't seen any improvements. It's a little depressing whenever I hear ATI is ready to unleash a new generation because they haven't had a true proper working driver with little issues since 9700Pro. I can play every single game I have without issue on my nvidia machines.
PS I use driver cleaner and fully swipe old drivers etc. Been a pc builder for quite awhile. Checkout my machines I make here: www.lanlords.com
+2 #8 Bl0bb3r 2011-05-05 03:59
Tried 10.8?

Most of the issues Xfire setups have are because of specification noncompliance. When one vendor thinks it can improve something they mess with the BIOS and in the process they screw up something else. Also, the game must be coded properly, and a lot of the times programmers skip error handlers out of pressure to finish the game.

A BIOS related issue, I ran Windows 7 since pre-public beta release in 2008 and have never had a single BSOD or explorer crashes, I was amazed how stable this OS is compared to past ones. Two weeks ago I did a BIOS update for my mainboard and since then I got 3 unrelated BSODs. How... nice! /sarcasm

BTW, nice builds!
-2 #9 milkod2001 2011-05-05 14:46
[those CUSTOM RIGS ON DISPLAY look like your place where u do them went trough fire and nuclear attack :)DESIGNS SOLD are OK, one advice from designer: get your web designer to change that awful texture(backgro und), it looks very amateurish
+2 #10 BLooDTReX 2011-05-05 23:46
Thanks for the comments. I am the amateur web designer and I appreciate your constructive criticism as my specialty is pc building not web design. I will work on the web though.;)

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