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AMD Releases Catalyst 12.1; Previews Catalyst 12.2 Drivers

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Shiny, new drivers for your Radeon HD GPU.

AMD quietly released a new set of graphics drivers last week just at the tip of the weekend. If you missed them, consider this a reminder that the Catalyst driver suite now has a dozen versions in its history.

Those awaiting stable drivers can now download the Catalyst 12.1 drivers that feature application profiles and video UI improvements. These new features first rolled out in the form of a preview driver released mid-December.

If you insist on living on the edge, AMD also released an even more advanced 12.2 preview driver set. The main improvements come to those using Eyefinity:

  • Additional resolution support:   Users can now choose from a larger set of resolutions when running AMD Eyefinity
  • Dynamic Configuration Changes:  Switching between different display configurations will occur automatically when physically plugging/un-plugging displays
  • HydraVision™ enhancements:  The Windows® Task bar can now be moved and resized based on users preference
  • Profile Manager improvements:  Increased support for Display Groups (including 5x1) and Extended configurations within the Profile Manager

Gamers will also appreciate the new version as it fixes a number of bugs when running on Windows 7.

  • Call of Duty IV no longer displays random corruption when in DirectX® 9 more and the Edge Detect filter is enabled.
  • A black screen is no longer occasionally displayed when running Portal 2 in 3D mode.
  • All 3d Anti Aliasing settings are now correctly listed in the Vision Control Center.
  • Morphological filtering settings are now correctly listed in the Vision Control Center.
  • Civilization V no longer experiences random crashes when run in DirectX® 10 and DirectX® 11 modes.
  • Enabling the ‘Edge Detect’ filter in Resident Evil 5 or Just Cause 2 no longer generates a random application crash.
  • Battlefield 3 no longer hangs when MSAA is enabled.
  • Saints Row III no longer experiences random hangs.
  • Rage no longer experiences intermittent hangs when Crossfire is enabled.
  • Dragon Age 2 textures no longer flicker when run in DirectX® 9 mode in Crossfire configurations with vsync enabled.
  • Crysis Warhead and Battlefield Bad Company 2 no longer experience random crashes when Crossfire is enabled.
  • Texture flickering is no longer experienced when playing Battlefield Bad Company 2 in DirectX® 11 mode.

You can download the Catalyst 12.2 preview drivers here.

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    cmcghee358 , February 1, 2012 9:36 AM
    Those preview drivers look bad ass!
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    fausto412 , February 1, 2012 10:30 AM
    both sets of drivers caused me a weekend of problems last weekend. make you you image your drive or set a restore point and boot disk. that is what saved me.

    system would hang on shutdown creating errors.
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    freggo , February 1, 2012 10:37 AM
    Seems like largely game related changes/updates ?
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    gbean02 , February 1, 2012 11:40 AM
    Another denial of my dream of Steam, or Photoshop, or Fruity Loops, or a dozen other programs working in HydraGrid. What a worthless feature.
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    PrimalGecko , February 1, 2012 12:33 PM
    Drivers were installed without a hitch two days ago. everything's been running fine as it was prior to the new driver.

    I'm always skeptical about using preview drivers, so will wait until their testing process is complete and they release them at the end of February.
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    dontcrosthestreams , February 1, 2012 2:14 PM
    ahhh the efintity options are nice, more balancing options now.
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    ubercake , February 1, 2012 2:56 PM
    Hooray! They finally fixed the issue with texture flickering in BFBC2 in DX11 mode! How long has that game been out now??? I'm still looking forward to the Zork patch in the March 2012.
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    memadmax , February 1, 2012 3:15 PM
    The drivers are great, but now I've got a random hard shutdown issue while playing games...
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    scrumworks , February 1, 2012 3:51 PM
    Running perfectly here @HD5770.
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    omega21xx , February 1, 2012 5:17 PM
    I strangely only had texture flickering in BC2 when in crossfire on DX11 now problem solved :) 
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    syrious1 , February 1, 2012 5:54 PM
    performance loss on SWTOR crossfire 5850's was on 11.1 previously with no issues. It's like I went back to one card again.
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    littleleo , February 1, 2012 6:07 PM
    Any update on Crossfire drivers for the 7970?
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    Tanquen , February 1, 2012 7:41 PM
    "Dynamic Configuration Changes: Switching between different display configurations will occur automatically when physically plugging/un-plugging displays"

    It’s been doing this for years and I want it to STOP! I do not want my windows all mess up because I turn a monitor on or off. I have my PC hooked up to a TV and when I turn it on it randomly changes my screen res to match. Sometimes when I set it to match the TV first it will set it to my normal profile that is not even compatible. I just want to go back to the good old days when I could turn off my monitor and not have my windows and desktop get all moved around. Were talkin’ Night Court (Fifth season) LAME!
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    gbean02 , February 1, 2012 10:23 PM
    What is up with the hide message, thumbs down but no rebuttal? Tomshardware trolls or AMD engineers are trolling hard. :p 
    Another denial of my dream of Steam, or Photoshop, or Fruity Loops, or a dozen other programs working in HydraGrid. What a worthless feature that could be so much more.

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    slicedtoad , February 1, 2012 10:45 PM
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    Dynamic Configuration Changes: Switching between different display configurations will occur automatically when physically plugging/un-plugging displays


    sweet. i've been wondering when they put this sort of functionality in. I have a large array of different and identical screens that i switch between depending if i'm coding or gaming.
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    SR-71 Blackbird , February 1, 2012 11:56 PM
    Seems like it fixed quite a few issues.
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    alikum , February 2, 2012 2:37 AM
    Seems like they're pouring more money into the driver team. Good for them.
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    win7guru , February 2, 2012 10:09 AM
    To fausto412: Couldn't you just roll back the driver or uninstall it if it was giving you problems?
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    ubercake , February 2, 2012 3:33 PM
    alikumSeems like they're pouring more money into the driver team. Good for them.

    I hope so. They need to big time.