To celebrate with today's announcement of the AMD Radeon™ HD 7990 GPU, we are introducing a pair of new AMD Catalyst™ drivers that improve performance and stability for AMD Radeon™ graphics products! These drivers are the AMD Catalyst™ 13.4 WHQL and the AMD Catalyst™ 13.5 Beta.

 

AMD CATALYST™ 13.5 BETA DRIVER

 

This driver is intended to replace the AMD Catalyst™ 13.3 Beta driver we released in late March. It contains the very latest performance optimizations from our driver team, and should be the driver of choice for gaming enthusiasts. Compared with the 13.3 Beta driver it replaces, the 13.5 Beta driver offers several notable improvements:

  • Recommended for the AMD Radeon™ HD 7990 graphics processor
  • Extensive optimizations for Far Cry® 3 Blood Dragon
  • Up to 6% improved performance in Tomb Raider
  • Up to 6% improved performance in BioShock� Infinite
  • Up to 5% improved performance in Sid Meier's Civilization� V
  • Up to 4% improved performance in Far Cry® 3
  • Up to 18% improved performance in Borderlands 2 with FXAA
  • Resolves TressFX Hair corruption seen in Tomb Raider™ on the AMD Radeon™ HD 7790 GPU

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CLICK TO EXPAND: Performance increases will depend on your resolution, systemn and in-game settings, but our own performance analyses are seeing performance up to these levels!


AMD CATALYST™ 13.4 WHQL DRIVER

 

Certified by Microsoft® via the Windows Hardware Certification program, the 13.4 WHQL driver is an upgrade to AMD Catalyst™ 13.1 WHQL driver released in January. For users tracking our drivers closely, this is the Microsoft-certified version of the 13.3 Beta. As a WHQL driver release, this should be the driver of choice for users that depend upon the most rigorous levels of stability certification.  Additionally, users coming from the 13.1 WHQL driver should note that this is a very significant driver release, featuring the following improvements:

  • Full stack of performance optimizations for Crysis® 3, bringing the many enhancements we�ve developed for our beta drivers into the certified driver tree.
  • Full stack of performance optimizations for BioShock® Infinite, bringing the many enhancements we've developed for our beta drivers into the certified driver tree.
  • Full stack of performance optimizations for Tomb Raider™, bringing the many enhancements we've developed for our beta drivers into the certified driver tree.
  • Windows Hardware Certification for AMD Radeon™ HD 7990 and HD 7790 GPUs
  • Up to 5% improved performance in Batman: Arkham City
  • Up to 10% improved performance in Borderlands 2
  • Up to 14% improved performance in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars with MSAA
  • Up to 11% improved performance for Hitman Absolution™
  • Up to 11% improved performance in Return to Castle Wolfenstein MP
  • Up to 5% improved performance in Sid Meier's Civilization® V
  • Performance optimizations for the 2013 release of SimCity
  • Resolves rare image corruption seen in Tomb Raider™ with TressFX Hair enabled
  • Implements the frame latency fixes for Tomb Raider™ and Hitman Absolution™ that were tested in our beta drivers
  • Implements the DirectX® 9.0c texture flickering fixes developed and tested in our beta drivers
  • Adds support for the following OpenGL® 4.3 extensions:
    • GL_ARB_compute_shader
    • GL_ARB_multi_draw_indirect
    • GL_ARB_shader_storage_buffer_object
    • GL_ARB_arrays_of_arrays
    • GL_ARB_clear_buffer_object
    • GL_ARB_ES3_compatibility
    • GL_ARB_explicit_uniform_location
    • GL_ARB_fragment_layer_viewport
    • GL_ARB_invalidate_subdata
    • GL_ARB_program_interface_query
    • GL_ARB_shader_image_size
    • GL_ARB_stencil_texturing
    • GL_ARB_texture_buffer_range
    • GL_ARB_texture_query_levels
    • GL_ARB_texture_storage_multisample

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CLICK TO EXPAND: Performance increases will depend on your resolution, systemn and in-game settings, but our own performance analyses are seeing performance up to these levels!


SUMMARIZING

 

The AMD Catalyst™ 13.4 WHQL driver is the certified version of 13.3 Beta, while the AMD Catalyst™ 13.5 Beta driver extends the code in both of these drivers with additional fixes/enhancements. And, more importantly, both drivers are available immediately for Microsoft Windows®-based PCs!

 

Robert Hallock is a Product Marketing Manager at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD' positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

SYSTEM CONFIGURATION:

Intel Core i7-3960X (3.3GHz)

MSI X79A-GD65

16GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24

Microsoft® Windows® 7 x64