Catalyst 12.6 beta e niente più driver ogni mese per AMD


AMD ha annunciato di non voler più sviluppare aggiornamenti driver Catayst su base mensile, come portato avanti con peridicità predefinita nel corso degli ultimi anni, ma di rendere disponibili nuovi driver solo nel momento in cui questi possano introdurre novità e innovazioni rispetto a quanto disponibile al momento. L’azienda intende in ogni caso mantenere l’attuale schema per i nomi dei driver, composto da cifre che indicano prima l’anno e poi il mese di riferimento.

Sono stati pertanto annunciati i driver Catalyst 12.6 beta, compatibili con le sole schede video dalla famiglia Radeon HD 5000 in avanti, con i quali sono stati corretti alcuni bug nonché introdotti nuovi profili per i giochi Diablo 3, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, StarCraft 2, Portal 2, Call of Duty Modern Warfare e Call of Duty Black Ops.

Il download dei nuovi driver è accessibile a questo indirizzo. Assieme ai driver Catalyst 12.6 beta AMD ha reso disponibile anche la release CAP1 dei propri Catalyst Application Profile Update, accessibile a questo indirizzo, nonché nuovi driver per il sistema operativo Windows 8 Release Preview, scaricabili a questa pagina. Di seguito le note fornite a corredo con i driver:

Resolved issue highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.6 Beta:

  • AMD Radeon™ HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Tri-CrossFire™ configurations + Eyefinity BSOD when launching a DirectX application.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Eyefinity/Multiple Display configurations BSOD when using desktop applications.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 cards hang when system goes to sleep.
  • Tearing on Eyefinity configurations when different display connector types are used.
  • Poor Elder Scrolls: Skyrim CrossFire scaling seen in AMD Catalyst 12.4 (back to CrossFire scaling found in AMD Catalyst 12.3).
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center – intermittently missing Overdrive page.
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center – missing GPU Activity gauge.
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900 CrossFire Configuration – system hang after cinematic in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
  • Crysis 2 -random system hangs when run in DirectX 9 mode.
  • Heroes and Generals: Blocky corruption in scenes with smoke effects when run in DirectX 11 mode.
  • Disabled HDMI audio when the connected HDTV is powered Off/On.

Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta:

Dual Graphics enhancements – new application profiles

    • Supported Dual Graphics configurations:
      AMD Accelerated Processors for Desktop PCs
      • AMD Radeon HD 7660D (A10-5700)
      • AMD Radeon HD 7560D (A8-5500

Notebooks with AMD Accelerated Processors

    • AMD Radeon HD 7660D (A10-4600)
    • AMD Radeon HD 7640G (A8-4500M)
    • AMD Radeon HD 7520G (A6-4400M)
  • New profiles have been added for the following game titles:
    • Diablo 3
    • Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
    • StarCraft 2
    • Portal 2
    • Call of Duty Modern Warfare
    • Call of Duty Black Ops
  • Future Catalyst releases will continue to add Dual Graphics support for additional titles

For detailed instructions on how to install the driver, please refer to:

Note! This Driver is provided “AS IS” and under the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement provided therewith.

Applicable Products:

This article applies to the following configuration(s):

Hardware:

  • AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series