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AMD releases new Catalyst 13.12 WHQL driver

by on19 December 2013

Official support for Radeon R9 and R7 series

After a bunch of Catalyst 13.11 Beta drivers released for performance improvements and fixes for certain game titles, AMD has now officially unveiled its newest WHQL-certified driver, Catalyst 13.12 WHQL. The new Catalyst 13.12 WHQL driver brings support for AMD's new Radeon R9 and R7 series graphics cards as well as a long list of AMD Crossfire scaling support improvements and new AMD Enduro profiles for certain game titles. The driver adds support for AMD Crossfire frame pacing and resolves a bunch issues.

The rather extensive release notes starts off with an official official support for AMD Radeon R9 290, 280 and 270 series and AMD Radeon R7 260, 250 and 240 series graphics cards. The new Catalyst 13.12 WHQL driver also brings improved CrossFire scaling in Call of Duty: Ghosts (multiplayer component), Splinter Cell Blacklist, Saints Row 4, and Metro Last Light as well as XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Need for Speed Rivals, Total War: Rome 2, Battlefield 4, Saints Row 4, Splinter Cell Blacklist and FIFA 14.

It also adds AMD CrossFire frame pacing options, which ensures that frames are rendered across multiple GPUs in an AMD CrossFire configuration will be displayed at an even and regular pace, can now be enabled through the AMD Catalyst Control Center and is supported on DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications using resolutions up to (and including) 2560x1600 on a single display.

The resolved issues list for the new Catalyst 13.12 WHQL driver is quite long and although it mostly focuses on certain application specific issues noticed earlier it also resolves intermittent black screens or display loss observed on some AMD Radeon R9 290X and AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics cards, includes update for Power Tune which reduced variance of fan speed/RPM on AMD Radeon R9 290 series fixes intermittent crashes seen in legacy DirectX 9 applications.

The new AMD Catalyst 13.12 WHQL-certified driver supports AMD Radeon HD 5000, HD 6000, HD 7000, Radeon R7 and R9 series graphics cards and will be available for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.

As always, you can find the new driver as well as full release notes over at AMD's support website.


Last modified on 19 December 2013
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