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Feature highlights: Windows 8 support

AMD’s first logo certified and unified driver for Windows 8 production

  • AMD’s first official unified and logo certified driver for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista
  • Target-Independent Rasterization (TIR):  TIR is a new rendering path that enables superior anti-aliasing in Direct3D driver applications
  • Native Stereo 3D Support:   Windows 8 natively supports stereoscopic 3D gaming and videos via compatible applications
  • Unified Video API:  Video playback has been integrated into the DirectX® 11 API, enabling simultaneous video and gaming content.  Transcoding performance may also be improved for supporting applications.
  • Optimized screen rotation for rotation aware devices
  • Improved sleep/resume performance
  • Optimized GPU power consumption
  • Major technologies / features also supported under Windows 8:
    • AMD Eyefinity technology
    • OpenCL™
    • OpenGL
    • Unified Video Decoder (UVD)
    • AMD Dual Graphics
    • AMD CrossFire technology
    • AMD Overdrive
    • AMD Catalyst Control Center
    • Vision Engine Control Center

Performance highlights of 12.8 vs 12.6:

  • Up to 25% in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
  • Up to 3% in Battlefield 3
  • Up to 6% in Batman: Arkham City
  • Up to 3% in Dues Ex: Human Revolution
  • Up to 6% in Crysis 2
  • Up to 15% in Total War: Shogun
  • Up to 8% in Crysis Warhead
  • Up to 5% in Just Cause 2
  • Up to 10% in Dirt 3

12.7 CAP3 (to be used with AMD Catalyst 12.8)

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  • The Secret World (DX11):  Resolves corruption seen in HUD/options when running in CrossFire mode on the AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series
  • TorchLight 2 – Improves single GPU performance, and disables CrossFire due to incompatible support when running in a Multi-GPU configuration
  • Spec Ops:  The Line:  Improves CrossFire performance
  • Hawken:  Improves CrossFire performance

Resolved issues – AMD Catalyst™ 12.8 driver

  • Over/underscan settings are correctly restored on system reboot
  • SolidWorks : Graphical corruption is no longer experienced
  • Crysis Warhead : No longer crashes when launched in DirectX 10 mode
  • System no longer hangs when resuming from sleep mode
  • Audio is no longer disabled if the connected HDTV Is switched off/on
  • Enabling dual graphics mode with a HD 7000 series product no longer displays green video playback
  • Call of Duty : Black Ops : No longer hangs when loading a mission in DirectX 9 mode with Crossfire enabled
  • Shogun 2 : Flickering text is no longer experienced
  • Star Wars – The Old Republic : In game cinematics no longer experience flicker when using the arrow keys
  • Dirt Showdown: 8-Ball track No longer hangs with Crossfire enabled
  • Max Payne 3 : A black screen is no longer observed when launching game in DirectX 11 mode with Crossfire enabled
  • Max Payne 3 : Applying in game settings no longer causes the game to crash

AMD Catalyst™ 12.8 Linux Driver: New OS Support

This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems

  • Ubuntu 12.04 production support

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