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Wednesday, 14 December 2011 12:22

AMD rolls out Catalyst 11.12 WHQL driver

Written by Slobodan Simic

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Last one for this year


AMD has rolled out its final Catalyst driver update for this year, Catalyst 11.12 WHQL. The new Catalyst 11.12 driver pack supports all the cards since Radeon HD 2000 series as well as some APU graphics, FireStream and chipset products since Radeon 3000 series. It includes AMD display driver version 8.92, Hydravision, Southbrige/IXP driver as well as AMD Catalyst Control Center and AMD Vision Engine Control Center version 8.92.

The new driver brings AMD OpenGL 4.2 support and AMD Eyefinity enhancement that enables support for AMD HD3D technology when using a 3x1 Landscape Eyefinity on supported DisplayPort 3D monitors. It also brings AMD Vision Engine Control Center enhancements for Dual Graphics with improvements to facilitate enabling and control of the Dual Graphics within the Vision Engine Control Center.

As always you can find the new driver here.


Last modified on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 13:40
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-3 #1 Memristor 2011-12-14 14:29
Actually it's better to stick with 11.11c since it includes some fixes that didn't make it into the WHQL set. The only update I would install is the new 11.12 AHCI driver set which includes an optimized SATA driver for SSD drives.
 
 
-1 #2 Jurassic1024 2011-12-14 14:35
Quoting Memristor:
The only update I would install is the new 11.12 AHCI driver set which includes an optimized SATA driver for SSD drives.


What does a display driver have to do with SATA drives controlled by chipsets on a motherboard? I'm confused.


Quoting Memristor:
Actually it's better to stick with 11.11c...



If you're on the 11.11c's then its recommended you download the new 12.1 Previews that include the optimizations found in the 11.11c hotfix, as well as... ah just install it and see for yourself. You'll be very surprised... in a good way.

Get it here:
http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Catalyst121Previewdriver.aspx
 
 
+1 #3 Memristor 2011-12-14 16:04
Quoting Jurassic1024:
What does a display driver have to do with SATA drives controlled by chipsets on a motherboard? I'm confused.

If you're on the 11.11c's then its recommended you download the new 12.1 Previews that include the optimizations found in the 11.11c hotfix, as well as... ah just install it and see for yourself. You'll be very surprised... in a good way.


I mentioned the AHCI package because its also a Catalyst 11.12 WHQL package for AMD chipsets. See the title says "AMD rolls out Catalyst 11.12 WHQL driver".

12.1 are beta drivers while the 11.11c is an official release with bug fixes.
 
 
+1 #4 crackerz 2011-12-14 19:31
Quoting Jurassic1024:
What does a display driver have to do with SATA drives controlled by chipsets on a motherboard? I'm confused.


The AMD AHCI is the sata driver for AMD platform(someth ing simular to the intels driver for its ICH controllers) currently they have 1.2.1.301 dated 16/6/2011(but the 11.12 AHCI doesn't mean nessesarely that it would have newer version..look at previous versions if you old enough or well informed you know what I'm talking about)

BtW AHCI means Advanced Host Controller Interface..better than IDE mode(just for you knowledge)suppo rts stuff as hot swap,NCQ(Queu commands to be executed in order)etc
 
 
+1 #5 Sodomy 2011-12-14 19:31
Quoting Jurassic1024:
What does a display driver have to do with SATA drives controlled by chipsets on a motherboard? I'm confused.


AMD also release a monthly update to their chipsets (mainly just the southbridge driver)
 
 
0 #6 Jay 2011-12-14 20:55
I don't know whats wrong but whenever I install this AHCI driver for either AMD or Intel from their websites I get BSOD's & windows doesn't boot at all. Using Win X64 SP1...have to use "last known good configuration" then do a system restore. Besides if you go to their download site to download AHCI driver you get this huge warning paragraph at the bottom & what not. I'll stick to the default windows AHCI driver which gets installed. Have AMD SB710/SB850 boards constant BSOD. Intel too H67 BSOD if you download AHCI from their site. Just download the INF update utlity for Intel that is it. I'm not ever messing with AHCI drivers no matter what.
 
 
0 #7 Bl0bb3r 2011-12-14 22:26
I got an SB700, works well with AMD's AHCI. Maybe it your OS you should be worried about.
 
 
0 #8 Jay 2011-12-15 01:32
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
I got an SB700, works well with AMD's AHCI. Maybe it your OS you should be worried about.
Yeah you got a SSD? run the AS-SSD benchmark..with AMD's driver it will score less compared to default MS AHCI win7 driver. Try that then you get back to me.
 
 
+1 #9 PorscheRacer14 2011-12-15 03:42
I dual-boot with Windows XP X64 and Windows 8 Developer Preview. I haven't had a problem with chipset drivers in Windows XP X64, though I have an older mobo so while the version number may go up, I doubt the actual chipset driver has changed in all these years, haha. But yeah, XP is finicky with AHCI drivers. I mean, it was added on to it through service packs...
 
 
+1 #10 Memristor 2011-12-15 13:33
Quoting Jay:
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
I got an SB700, works well with AMD's AHCI. Maybe it your OS you should be worried about.
Yeah you got a SSD? run the AS-SSD benchmark..with AMD's driver it will score less compared to default MS AHCI win7 driver. Try that then you get back to me.

No it does not, I just ran a ATTO and AS-SSD benchmark and both times the AMD driver scored higher by about 30MB/s write and 20MB/s read.
 

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