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AMD Releases Catalyst 12.9 Beta With Enduro Support

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AMD just posted the beta driver of Catalyst 12.9, which comes with the usual array of improvements and one especially noteworthy item.

The driver now includes support for the company's Enduro switchable graphics technology and includes a redesigned control center interface, support for profile applications, as well as customization options for a performance or battery centric modes.

AMD also promises a performance gain of 10 percent for single GPU configurations in Lost Planet 2 and several fixed issues, including resolved Firefox corruptions in Crossfire mode.

The 12.9 Beta release is available for Windows XP 32-bit, as well as 32-bit and 64-bit versions for later Windows versions (Vista/7/8), as well as Ubuntu 12.10 and RHEL 6.3.


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    iknowhowtofixit , September 27, 2012 5:15 AM
    PennanenAmd in charge of driver support !Thumbs down storm incoming since angry amd owners but lets face it, amd has horrible driver support


    I don't understand how and why people keep saying AMD has horrible driver support. It has already been proven there is no substance to back up this claim. Saying it again and again proves nothing and doesn't make it true.
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    luciferano , September 27, 2012 5:18 AM
    PennanenAmd in charge of driver support !Thumbs down storm incoming since angry amd owners but lets face it, amd has horrible driver support


    You must be one of those Nvidia fanboys. Don't forget to install the WHQL 196.75 drivers next time you want a blazing-fast GPU.

    More recently, let's not forget how Nvidia had a lot of people who had stuttering problems caused by their 300 series drivers, severe underclocking caused by their 300 series drivers, and V-Sync not working because of them. Even more recently since those were fixed about two or three months after they showed up (so much for Nvidia always fixing things quickly) is how the 306.23 drivers seem to have slightly inferior overclocking stability to older driver versions as shown here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/371144-33-driver-problem

    Unfortunately, driver issues are a problem for pretty much all companies that make drivers.
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    spp85 , September 27, 2012 9:22 AM
    I had been using Ati Radeon HD 5770 for more than Two and a half years and do a lot of gaming still don't faced any major driver problems. So those who blame AMD for driver problems are hardcore nVidia fanboys or nVidia sponsored people. Actual public will continue buying AMD's Radeons no matter what these people says.
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    bryonhowley , September 27, 2012 4:11 AM
    Have been running them for most of the day. So far so good they seem to be doing fine on both of my AMD/ATI rigs.
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    luciferano , September 27, 2012 4:27 AM
    Improvements are pretty much always welcome.
  • 21 Hide
    iknowhowtofixit , September 27, 2012 5:15 AM
    PennanenAmd in charge of driver support !Thumbs down storm incoming since angry amd owners but lets face it, amd has horrible driver support


    I don't understand how and why people keep saying AMD has horrible driver support. It has already been proven there is no substance to back up this claim. Saying it again and again proves nothing and doesn't make it true.
  • 19 Hide
    luciferano , September 27, 2012 5:18 AM
    PennanenAmd in charge of driver support !Thumbs down storm incoming since angry amd owners but lets face it, amd has horrible driver support


    You must be one of those Nvidia fanboys. Don't forget to install the WHQL 196.75 drivers next time you want a blazing-fast GPU.

    More recently, let's not forget how Nvidia had a lot of people who had stuttering problems caused by their 300 series drivers, severe underclocking caused by their 300 series drivers, and V-Sync not working because of them. Even more recently since those were fixed about two or three months after they showed up (so much for Nvidia always fixing things quickly) is how the 306.23 drivers seem to have slightly inferior overclocking stability to older driver versions as shown here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/371144-33-driver-problem

    Unfortunately, driver issues are a problem for pretty much all companies that make drivers.
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    vrumor , September 27, 2012 6:58 AM
    luciferanoYou must be one of those Nvidia fanboys. Don't forget to install the WHQL 196.75 drivers next time you want a blazing-fast GPU.More recently, let's not forget how Nvidia had a lot of people who had stuttering problems caused by their 300 series drivers, severe underclocking caused by their 300 series drivers, and V-Sync not working because of them. Even more recently since those were fixed about two or three months after they showed up (so much for Nvidia always fixing things quickly) is how the 306.23 drivers seem to have slightly inferior overclocking stability to older driver versions as shown here:http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/ [...] er-problemUnfortunately, driver issues are a problem for pretty much all companies that make drivers.


    Eh, been an AMD/ATI guy for years. No one around here likes to hear that the driver issues that plagued them back in the early and mid 2000s just isnt there anymore. Even mods here are very sensitive about what you say about it. Its quite humorous :)  Anyhow, performance gains are always good. Gonna grab em and try em out.
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    alidan , September 27, 2012 8:22 AM
    amd drivers for videogames are fairly good with only a few glitchse

    but outside of gameing, it can take them months to fix problems.

    acdsee is a great program for this. as some drivers panning with the arrow keys isnt broke, some its unuseably broke... its why i never update drivers when they work
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    billybobser , September 27, 2012 8:52 AM
    "including resolved Firefox corruptions in Crossfire mode. "

    Hope this includes cards such as the 4870x2.

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    spp85 , September 27, 2012 9:22 AM
    I had been using Ati Radeon HD 5770 for more than Two and a half years and do a lot of gaming still don't faced any major driver problems. So those who blame AMD for driver problems are hardcore nVidia fanboys or nVidia sponsored people. Actual public will continue buying AMD's Radeons no matter what these people says.
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    ElMoIsEviL , September 27, 2012 10:54 AM
    BigMack70... you do realize you can make your own CrossfireX profiles eh?
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    ElMoIsEviL , September 27, 2012 11:05 AM
    BigMack70Too bad they still don't seem to care about getting The Witcher 2 working with 7970 Crossfire... lame


    I think you're doing something wrong... Witcher 2 has worked in CrossfireX since April/May of 2011 (Catalyst 11.5a hotfix). It works with the Radeon HD 7xxx series: http://www.hardwareluxx.de/index.php/artikel/hardware/grafikkarten/22284-test-amd-radeon-hd-7970-crossfire-vs-nvidia-geforce-gtx-680-sli.html?start=5
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    rdc85 , September 27, 2012 12:37 PM
    billybobser"including resolved Firefox corruptions in Crossfire mode. "Hope this includes cards such as the 4870x2.


    comfirmed fix with my 5770 x2... :D 
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    vaughn2k , September 27, 2012 1:21 PM
    spp85I had been using Ati Radeon HD 5770 for more than Two and a half years and do a lot of gaming still don't faced any major driver problems. So those who blame AMD for driver problems are hardcore nVidia fanboys or nVidia sponsored people. Actual public will continue buying AMD's Radeons no matter what these people says.

    I second..
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    luciferano , September 27, 2012 1:22 PM
    BigMack70You do realize that The Witcher 2 flat out doesn't work with 7970 crossfire, Skyrim is less stable with 7970 CF than a single 7970, Max Payne 3 has occasional cutscene flickering, and several other games have poor scaling (for example Batman: AC), right?Being able to make your own profiles doesn't matter - the issue isn't that games aren't supported, the issue is that some games don't work well or don't work at all with CF.


    To be fair, doesn't Nvidia also have crap scaling in Skyrim and isn't Batman:AC a horribly coded game that is quite literally built to be biased towards Nvidia, yet still doesn't work too well with their cards either?

    There's nothing wrong with mentioning Crossfire issues, but it'd cause less issues if you went into a little more detail and also said what SLI had problems with. Some of the supposed Crossfire issues seem to actually be game issues (such as Skyrim and Batmac:AC) and it doesn't seem fair to blame that on AMD.
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    luciferano , September 27, 2012 1:23 PM
    Quote:
    Not 7970 Crossfire. I've tried all drivers, and many review sites have shown this as well:
    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/53901-nvidia-geforce-gtx-690-review-19.html

    That's on 12.4. The few sites I'm aware of that have gotten 7970 CF to work at all in TW2 show 0 scaling (I did have it working on one driver with no scaling - can't remember which driver revision that was).


    Also, I fail to see the relevance of any article with such an outdated driver unless you're trying to prove things about old drives rather than current drivers. Can you explain it if I'm missing something?
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    sarinaide , September 27, 2012 1:37 PM
    I was turned away from ATI in the past with driver issues, came back during the HD6000 era and see no reason to leave again. The driver and support medium is fantastic now, not to mention the graphics cards themselves are true works of art.

    I do a bit of media work and being able to use a 7000 series card to do what a Firepro or Quadro can do is great testiment to the adapatation and evolution of AMD's graphics devision. Right now there is absolutely no reason for me to go back to nvidia.
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    greghome , September 27, 2012 3:05 PM
    PennanenAmd in charge of driver support !Thumbs down storm incoming since angry amd owners but lets face it, amd has horrible driver support


    The only problem I face with AMD's drivers with the HD3200 IGP, HD7310 IGP and my HD6950 discrete GPU is that it does not produce 3D pron :p 
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    uglynerdman , September 27, 2012 3:44 PM
    ive bought amd every generation.. every generation came some sorta big issue that didnt get resolved for months. the recent mobile graphics fiasco which made enduro make you lose performance and amd said its everyones' but their responsibility until ppl started complaining. also they shipped two batches of bad mobile gpus, then theres naysayers who dont have the gpus saying its fine! its just enduro.. Its all these problems about amd has made me go green. Hey the grass is greener! and physx makes it move.

    Im glad to hear those of you with enduro problems on laptops will still get some relief.
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    captaincharisma , September 27, 2012 4:08 PM
    PennanenAmd in charge of driver support !Thumbs down storm incoming since angry amd owners but lets face it, amd has horrible driver support


    +1 to that. i have never had glitches with any nvidia drivers like i do now with ATI drivers. every time i start the computer cmd pops up and after remoting into the computer catalyist control centre will crash when i log back into it locally.
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