Approximately four weeks after the 9:11 Catalyst AMD has released a new driver version for ATI graphics cards, motherboards and notebook computers with their chips. The Catalyst 9:12 Extends Support for Direct Compute 10.1 and OpenGL 3.2 and provides performance gains for 3DMark Vantage and STALKER – Call of Pripyat. Moreover, it was already 9:12 Catalyst hotfix with last-minute improvements and other new features.
Although direct Compute requires DirectX 11, but also runs on DX10 hardware, if it supports the video driver. The ATI Catalyst 9:12 Compute 10.1 now also supports Direct for Radeon HD 4800 and 4700 graphics cards, both individually and in CrossFire systems.
The performance of Catalyst 9:12 improvements include:
* 3DMark Vantage: up to 9% on Radeon HD 5800 and 5700 (GT1 – Jane Nash up to 15%, FT4 – GPU Cloth up to 15%)
* S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Call of Pripyat: up to 6% in systems with a graphics card
9:12 Catalyst for Windows 7, Vista and XP, and Linux is suitable for all models of the Radeon HD 2000 series and ATI All-In-Wonder HD TV and theater tickets.
In addition to these cards is the ATI Catalyst 9:12 for Windows 7 and Vista also suitable for the Radeon 3000 and 3100 and Radeon HD 3200, 3300 and 4200 chipsets. In addition, professional tickets AMD FireStream 9170, 9250 and 9270 are supported.
Further and more detailed information on each of the driver download page linked release notes to see.
9:12 Catalyst graphics drivers are available from AMD.
The continuing support for older video cards from Radeon 9500 to Radeon X1950 and Radeon Xpress 200 chipsets, the elderly, 1100, 1150 and 1250, Radeon X1200 and X1250, Radeon HD 2100 and AMD 580X and AMD are 690 now dropped out. But occasionally there should be for these products even more driver updates, and this version is one of those. For these products, AMD is providing the 9:11 Catalyst for Windows XP, XP 64bit, Vista 32bit and Vista 64bit.
Apart from the official ATI Catalyst 9:12 AMD has only a few hours later, a driver update nachgeschoben. 9:12 Catalyst hotfix contains some improvements and a few features that AMD wanted to have published their own information as quickly as possible. For the hotfix, but there is no official support, because he has not yet been fully tested by AMD, and is therefore intended only for experimental users.
New at 9:12 Catalyst hotfix:
* Support for GPU acceleration for OpenCL with the Stream SDK v2.0 on all ATI Radeon HD 4000, 5000 and FireStream 9200 graphics
ATI Eyefinity, the operation of more than one monitor, can now be used in CrossFireX systems
* About the DisplayPort now audio is sent to the appropriate monitor
The fixes relate Resident Evil 5, Call of Duty Modern Warfare CrossFire on systems, Wheelman, Heaven benchmark in DX9 mode, flickering in OpenGL games like City of Heroes Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and Riddick, random expansion of the mouse under Windows 7 and DTS-HD and Dolby True HD with certain receivers when this via HDMI on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 graphics cards series are connected.
The ATI Catalyst 9:12 hotfix is available for Windows 7 and Vista, Windows XP