Notice the newest driver date in this post? It's from the Red Team forum. Finding this makes a person wonder why AMD doesn't notify the public when it makes changes to a existing driver. The change (fix) just might help a lot of people. Unfortunately when users 'uninstall and install' multiple times trying to fix their issue, they generally install the driver suite they initially downloaded. Ergo > no change. AMD could at the very least change the driver date on the download page. Maybe ray_m or amdmatt would ask about that?
Thanks for your feedback kingfish.
If we make small updates to the driver but retain the same Catalyst release number then we update the fixed or known issue sections of the release notes to reflect these changes. For example, we recently made two small updates to Catalyst 15.7.1 to correct some issues that were fixed.
HOTFIX : 8/10/2015 - the driver package has been updated to 15.20.1062.1004 to fix a know issue :
HOTFIX : 8/5/2015 - the driver package has been updated to 15.20.1062.1003 to fix a know issue :
The average user looking to see if there has been a update will only see this, same version / same date, and assume there is nothing new and have no reason to check the release notes.
If there was a different (newer) driver release date or "Hot Fix" indicated then the observant ones might look to see what's changed. It's just a thought.
The problem is that way to many people don't know what they're actually doing and bordering on to dim to even use an Apple product. If a driver changes at all, it will need to have its minor driver version tag changed, in this case to 15.7.2 and 15.7.3. Most likely it is because AMD doesn't want people to download 300mb driver packages when they don't need them, but it could solve issues, and it should be incentive for AMD to rewrite CCC to make it smaller and more lightweight, and to optimize the drivers themselves. Especially now that people are installing Windows 10 on antique machines with very limited resources. CCC, when it's open, uses in excess of 120MB RAM, and adds significant time to startup on machines with low CPU power.
A completely redesigned and rebuilt CCC which leaves behind 2005 and moves into 2015, a redesigned driver system which allows for small incremental updates so the entire package will not have to be downloaded, and a return of the stand alone CAPs are 3 needed changes.