FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AMD CATALYST 13.1: AMD Catalyst Control Center: New 3D settings and profile management user interface:
AMD Catalyst 13.1 features a newly designed 3D application settings page, designed to allow users to more easily adjust and control their 3D settings on a per application basis.
Performance Highlights of AMD Catalyst 13.1 (vs. AMD Catalyst 12.10): Includes all of the performance improvements found in AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 11
Performance gains seen on the entire AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series:
All game were tested at high / extreme / ultra levels
Enhanced performance in Far Cry 3 (up to 25% with 8xMSAA, SSAO enabled @ 1600p, and up to 15% with 8xMSAA, HDAO enabled @1600p) (AMD Catalyst 12.11 CAP2 must also be installed)
Enhanced AMD CrossFire™ scaling performance in Call of Duty Black Ops 2
Up to 10%-15% more performance in Battlefield 3 in most cases
• More than 20% in certain missions and sequences (Comrades)
Up to 7% more performance in Metro 2033
Up to 10% more performance in DiRT Showdown
Up to 8% more performance in Sleeping Dogs
Up to 12% more performance in Civilization V
Up to 10% more performance in StarCraft II
Up to 8% more performance in Sniper Elite: V2
Up to 5% more performance in Max Payne 3
AMD Catalyst Mobility 7970M performance for AMD Enduro™ technology supported platforms has been improved for DirectX® 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications:
3DMark® 06 – Up to 6%
3DMark Vantage – Up to 15%
3DMark 11 – Up to 12%
AvP – Up to 11%
Battlefield 3 – Up to 25%
Call of Duty: Black Ops – Up to 13%
Crysis 2: Up to 45%
DiRT Showdown – Up to 62%
ETQW – Up to 8%
Hard Reset – Up to 8%
Just Cause 2 – Up to 90%
Mafia 2 – Up to 40%
The Chronicles of Riddick – Up to 4%
Shogun 2 – Up to 56%
StarCraft 2 – Up to 25%
Skyrim – Up to 45%
Sniper Elite V2 – Up to 60%
Tom Clancy’s HAWX – Up to 56%
Unigine Heaven – Up to 33%
Wolfenstein – Up to 9%
Resolved Issues for the Windows 8 / Windows 7 Operating Systems:
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 13.1 software suite.
A sporadic system hang encountered with a single AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPU seen on X58 and X79 chipsets.
An intermittent hang encountered with AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs in an AMD CrossFire + Eyefinity setup.
Missing fonts in XBMC
No video found in Media Player Classic Home Cinema when using full or half floating point processing
Skyrim lighting (missing a lighting pass) for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
Skyrim cloud corruption experience in various in game locations
A hang playing Dishonored on the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
Engine and memory clocks running too high when the GPU is idle.
GPU activity runs at lower values than expected seen on the AMD Radeon HD 7870.
Corruption seen in Darkness 2 and Carrier Command when using AMD CrossFire configurations
Adobe Premier Pro CS6 may fail to launch
Hang experienced with AMD Crossfire and Eyefinity enabled on X58 and X78 chipsets
Corel PaintShop Pro X3 – Hangs at the “Initializing Command Manager” window
Company of Heroes 2 – display corruption experienced when AA is enabled in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
AMD Catalyst 12.10 – Ready for Windows 8
For AMD Radeon™ HD 5000, HD 6000 and HD 7000 Series users, Microsoft® has certified today’s AMD Catalyst™ 12.10 release as “compatible with Windows 8.” With this driver, these products offer full support for WDDM 1.2, which is an updated model for graphics drivers that Microsoft has developed to ensure smooth performance and wide compatibility in their new operating system.
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 supported 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
Unified Video Decoder (UVD)
AMD Dual Graphics
AMD CrossFire technology
AMD Catalyst Control Center/ AMD Vision Engine Control Center
AMD Catalyst Mobility support for AMD Enduro™ Technology
AMD Catalyst Mobility now includes support for AMD Enduro™ Technology. AMD Enduro Technology is currently supported on all notebook Intel® IvyBridge platforms and AMD Comal platforms that support the AMD Radeon HD 7900M, 7800M, 7700M – additional products will be supported in future Catalyst releases.”
AMD Enduro™ Technology for Notebooks delivers:
Unbeatable battery life
GPU accelerated performance for gaming, video, and compute apps
A Seamless and automatic experience
New Enduro™ Technology features found in Catalyst 12.10:
Re-designed Catalyst Control Center user interface
View all profiled applications
View recently run applications
Profile applications based on power source
Expert mode control and customization
Performance centric AC
Battery centric DC
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst12.10 software suite.
Resolved Issues for the Windows 8 Operating System
Enemy Territory Quake Wars performance affected when run at high resolutions
Wolfenstien performance affected when run at high resolutions
System hangs when disabling Eyefinity
World of Warcraft – Mists of Pandaria experiences graphical corruption when anti-aliasing is forced to 2X or higher
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
F1 2011 : Vehicle textures flicker when game is run at low settings
Dirt Showdown : Flickering seen when benchmark is run in DirectX 11 mode
Battlefield – Bad Company 2 : Flickering textures seen in AMD CrossFire mode
Alan Wake – Freezes when run in DirectX 9 mode with AMD CrossFire and Eyefinity enabled
Portal 2 – Freezes when run in DirectX 9 mode with AMD Crossfire and Eyefinity enabled
KNOWN ISSUESThe following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced with the AMD Catalyst 12.10 software suite.
Known issues under the Windows 8 operating system
AMD Eyefinity portrait resolutions may not apply correctly when AMD CrossFire is enabled
Known issues under the Windows 7operating system
Serious Sam 3 may crash when AMD CrossFire and Eyefinity are enabled
May Payne 3 may experience flickering and ghosting when in DirectX 9 mode with Anti Aliasing enabled
AMD issued a new WHQL-signed Catalyst driver. Catalyst 12.6 WHQL, along with Catalyst 12.7 beta, were released on Thursday. Catalyst 12.6 WHQL ships with a wide range of stability optimizations, while 12.7 beta ships with the same, plus performance optimizations for a wide range of games. With Catalyst 12.6 WHQL, AMD fixed several outstanding bugs such as GPUs with ZeroCore hanging when the system goes to S2/S3 sleep, certain CrossFire setups hanging after cutscenes in Call of Duty: Black Ops, display corruption in Heroes and Generals in DirectX 11 mode, CrossFire + Eyefinity with Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs resulting in BSOD errors, etc. Catalyst 12.7 beta includes all these, plus performance improvements for games, except that it lacks WHQL certification. Optimizations include up to 25% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, 15% in Total War: Shogun, 10% in DiRT 3, 6% in Batman: Arkham City, and 3% in Battlefield 3. A list of changes follows - Resolved Issues:
AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Tri-CrossFire configurations + Eyefinity no longer results in a BSOD when launching a DirectX application
AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Eyefinity/Multiple Display configurations no longer results in a BSOD when using desktop applications
AMD Catalyst 12.6 includes some additional fixes(not found in the AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta) for the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 graphics cards for issues related to the GPU hanging when the system goes to sleep. Please ensure that your System BIOS is up to date. Some occurrences of this issue may be related to outdated System BIOS.
Resolves CrossFire scaling issues seen in AMD Catalyst 12.4 with Elder Scrolls: Skyrim CrossFire
AMD Catalyst Control Center – Overdrive page is no longer intermittently missing
AMD Catalyst Control Center – GPU Activity gauge is no longer missing
AMD Radeon HD 7900 CrossFire Configuration – no longer results in system hang after cinematic in Call Of Duty: Black Ops
Heroes and Generals: Blocky corruption in scenes with smoke effects when run in DirectX 11 mode are no longer experienced.
Dirt Showdown: Improves scaling for CrossFire configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
HDMI audio is no longer disabled if the connected HDTV is powered Off/On.
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7: - Elder Scrolls: Skyrim: no longer hangs on single GPU configurations when used with AMD Catalyst 12.3 CAP1 and later CAP releases - Elder Scolls: Skyrim: flickering square corruption is no longer observed. - Rage: Vsync is no longer disabled after task switching. - Enemy Territory: Quake Wars: no longer crashes when launched in High Performance Mode. - Stalker – Call of Pripyat: flickering is no longer observed in trees with specific Catalyst Control Center settings. - Tom Clancy HAWX 2: no longer crashes on game launch. - Windows Media Center: no longer crashes when run in Eyefinity mode and High Performance mode settings. - AMD Steady Video: an error message is no longer displayed when enabling AMD Steady Video for the Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 plugin. - Duplicating displays no longer generates random corruption. - Tearing is no longer observed on the third screen in 3x1 and 1x3 Eyefinity configurations. - A system crash is no longer experienced when enabling Crossfire in a 4 display configuration. - The advanced video quality settings are now correctly displayed in the Catalyst Control Center. Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista: - The Catalyst Control Center now renders correctly when launched while playing a Bluray disc using WinDVD.
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7: - AMD Catalyst Control Center startup issues/ delays have been resolved. - Tom Clancy HAWX: No longer crashes after task switching with MLAA (Morphological Anti-Aliasing) and Anti-Aliasing enabled. - Furmark Benchmark: No longer crashes when launched in High Performance mode. - Quake 4: No longer display corruption after task switching when run in High Performance mode. - XPlane: Textures no longer exhibit flicker and corruption. - Skyrim: No longer displays flickering and texture corruption. - Alan Wake: A system crash is no longer experienced when running the game in DirectX 9 mode with Crossfire enabled. - Far Cry 2: A random system hang is no longer experienced when running the game at high in game setting. Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista: - AMD Catalyst Control Center startup issues/ delays have been resolved. - Enemy Territory Quake Wars : no longer exhibits random corruption.
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7:
- Tom Clancy HAWKX: Random texture flickering is no longer experienced when playing with Crossfire and Eyefinity enabled.
- Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 3: Random texture flickering when playing in a Tri-Crossfire setup.
- Dragon Age 2: Random texture flickering when playing with Crossfire and Vsync enabled.
- Dragon Age 2: Random stuttering when in-game cinematics are skipped when running in DirectX 11 mode.
- Battleforge DirectX 10.0 benchmark: Intermittent crashes when run in Tri-Crossfire mode.
- Battlefield – Bad Company 2: Random flickering when playing in DirectX 11 mode.
- H.264 interlaced BluRay content: Intermittent green flashing.
- BluRay 3D content: Random hangs when playing back in Duplicate mode.
- Starcraft II: Random system crashes when exiting a campaign in certain Crossfire configurations.
- Batman – Arkam City: Intermittent system crashes when run in DirectX 11 mode.
- Random system crashes when changing Crossfire settings.
- Rage: System crash when playing with Crossfire enabled.
- Crysis Warhead and Battlefield – Bad Company II: Random crashes in certain Crossfire configurations.
- Playback of BluRay 3D content now correctly uses hardware acceleration.
- Dirt III: Random texture corruption when playing in DirectX 11 mode and with anisotropic filtering applied.
Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista:
- Windows Aero options are available after installing the driver.
- World of Warcraft Cataclysm: Random flickering of background textures in AMD Crossfire and Eyefinity configurations.
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7: - Alient vs. Predator – randomly disappearing in-game mouse cursor. - Enemy Territory – Quake Ware - intermittent crashes when in a 3 monitor Eyefinity configuration. - Enemy Territory – Quake Wars - Water texture rendering - Dirt 2 - stuttering when run in DirectX® 9 mode. - Crysis 2 in Crossfire mode- random graphics corruption and game instability. - Dragon Age 2 with Tri-Crossfire enabled - random corruption and screen flicker. - Lost Planet 2 in Crossfire mode - crashes after game launch. - Lost Planet 2 and Tom Clancy HAWX2 - random game hangs/black screens when run at high in game settings. - World of Warcraft - water texture corruption when running in DirectX 9 mode. - “Rage” in Crossfire mode - intermittent hangs. Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista: - System crash when ejecting the disc during Blu-Ray/DVD playback using WinDVD. - Hardware acceleration during 3D content playback using PowerDVD . - World of Warcraft, Metro 2033 and Starcraft II performance at high in-game settings. - Game settings displayed in Medal of Honor.
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7: - All required PAL formats are now correctly listed in the Vision Control Center on the HDTV support page. - Playing Dirt2, Dirt3 and Portal2 in DirectX 9 mode no longer causes a random system hang. - Portal 2 no longer displays random screen tearing when run in DirectX 9. - Total War Shogun 2 no longer displays random corruption when played at low in game settings and 2x1 and 3x1 Eyefinity modes. - Playing Lost Planet 2 in Eyefinity mode and Crossfire enable no longer randomly crashes. - Portal 2 will no longer randomly crash when the GPU is switched to Low Power mode. - Running Stalker Clear Sky in DirectX 10 mode in a Tri-Crossfire configuration no longer randomly hangs when in-game settings are set to high. - Tom Clancy Endwar no longer randomly hangs with a pinstripe display. - Playing Enemy Territory Quake Wars no longer generates a random system hang. - Graphics corruption is no longer randomly exhibited while playing video clips using Windows Media Center. - Doom 3 no longer experiences random corruption when Anti Aliasing is enabled. - Crysis 2 no longer displays random flickering when run in DirectX9 mode. - Far Cry2, Dragon 2, Homefront, Stalker: Metro 2033 and Bioshock 2 no longer display random flashing textures. - Left 4 Dead 2 no longer experiences random hangs. - HAWX2 no longer experiences random hangs when navigating in game menus. - Lost Planet 2 and Dragon Age 2 no longer display random flickering when run in DirectX 9 mode. Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista: - Random ghosting is no longer observed while playing Dragon Age 2 in Crossfire mode. - Character Avatars no longer flash in Dragon Age 2 in Crossfire mode. - Stalker – Clear Sky no longer displays random black horizontal lines on initial startup. - Playing Tom Clancy HAWX 2 in Eyefinity mode no longer generates a random system reboot. - Random choppy Flash playback is no longer experienced. - Running Civilization V in DirectX 11 mode no longer crashes randomly when run at medium and high in-game settings. - F1 2010 no longer hangs intermittently on launch. - Flashing textures are no longer randomly observed while playing Bulletstorm. - Dead Space 2 no longer hangs randomly.
Add support for: - AMD Radeon HD 6480G - PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9649 Resolved Issues for the Windows 7: - Images and textures are no longer corrupted (Blue) in Rage. - Bezel compensation now works correctly with Far Cry 2. - Screen tearing is no longer randomly observed while moving a window on the desktop while in Clone mode or Eyefinity mode. - A black screen is no longer observed when extending displays. - Homefront no longer crashes randomly when Crossfire is enabled. - DC – Universe Online no longer hangs soon after selecting a character and entering the game.
Add support for: - AMD Radeon HD 6290 Graphics - PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9807 - AMD Radeon HD 6320 Graphics - PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9806 Resolved Issues for the Windows 7: - Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on single GPU configurations using the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 series of products. - Improves performance in Battlefield 3 Open Beta release for both non-Anti-Aliasing and application enabled Anti-Aliasing cases on AMD CrossFire™ configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 series of products. - Reduces stuttering seen on Dual CPU and Tri CPU core systems. - Rage - users may experience random texture corruption. Please use the AMD Catalyst 11.10 V3 Preview if you are experiencing these issues. - Some OpenGL games like Enemy Territory Quake Wars no longer experiences random corruption. - Lost Planet 2 no longer experiences random crashes when running the benchmark. - F1 2010 and Dirt 2 no longer experience random flashing during the game. - Google Earth no longer displays random corruption when running in OpenGL mode. - Mafia II no longer experiences a random crash during game loading / game play when Crossfire is enabled. - Unigine Heaven running in DirectX 11 mode no longer experiences a performance drop when running with Dual Graphics enabled. - Homefront no longer experiences random game crashes. - Random flashing is no longer experienced when playing back SD/BD content on a 120Hz monitor. - An application crash is no longer randomly observed while playing M2V/Mpeg2/Mpeg4 files and toggling the Hardware Acceleration setting. - Display corruption is no longer experienced on the primary display when running in extended display mode with AERO enabled. Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista: - Display corruption is no longer experienced on the primary display when running in extended display mode with AERO enabled. - Scaling options are now correctly displayed when connecting DisplayPort / DFP monitors. - An application crash is no longer randomly observed while playing M2V/Mpeg2/Mpeg4 files and toggling the Hardware Acceleration setting.