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AMD Releases Catalyst 13.11 Beta 6 Driver

Following the release of its new Radeon R9-290X graphics card (see our review here), AMD has posted its new Catalyst 13.11 Beta6 driver. The driver is still in the Beta phase, but using the new hardware is required. Of course, it still carries support for the older hardware as well.

The biggest highlight of the driver is the added support for the new Radeon R9 290X graphics card. It also brings support for the R9 290, though that card has yet to be released. In addition, AMD has also added automatic EyeFinity configuration as well as automatic plug and play configuration for UltraHD/4K tiled displays.

As always, the driver also comes with a roundup of performance improvements which are listed below:

  • Batman: Arkham Origins - improves performance up to 35% with MSAA 8x enabled
  • Total War: Rome 2 - improves performance up to 10%
  • Battlefield 3 - improves performance up to 10%
  • GRID 2 - improves performance up to 8.5%
  • DiRT Showdown - improves performance up to 10%
  • Formula 1 2013 - improves performance up to 8%
  • DiRT 3 - improves performance up to 7%
  • Sleeping Dogs - improves performance up to 5%

The driver is available for download here, and supports Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

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Niels Broekhuijsen
Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • Amdlova
    this drive do not support 4xxx series! is a shame!
    Reply
  • chumly
    "this drive do not support 4xxx series! is a shame!"

    why don't they support my GPU from 2007?!
    Reply
  • stevethejew
    batman optimization is pretty good.
    Reply
  • chicofehr
    Beta 7 already out.
    Reply
  • Tanquen
    Mouse cursor corruption still there? Check.
    Still creating random profile files that don’t work? Check.
    Main display still black after waking up from power saver? Check.
    Windows still get all messed up if you turn off displays or turn one on? Check.
    Maybe someday. :(
    Reply
  • Ahmad Rady
    it's old :)
    There is B7 now :)
    Reply
  • tpi2007
    You're late Tom's, Beta 7 was just released.

    Here:

    http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/latest-catalyst-windows-beta.aspx
    Reply
  • JamesSneed
    11812740 said:
    "this drive do not support 4xxx series! is a shame!"

    why don't they support my GPU from 2007?!

    Nvidias current driver that came out today still supports back to the Geforce 8 series like the 8800 gt that was released in 2006. So if you want 7+ years of driver updates then it looks like the green team is the better bet.
    Reply
  • alextheblue
    They still release drivers for a lot of older cards, they just don't update them as often. WHQL quarterly type releases. People freak out because every new beta driver doesn't support them. Realistically, aside from profile tweaks, there isn't much they can do for the older cards at this point. The part of the drivers that handles the older cards is as good as it is going to get, they spent years optimizing it for those chips. If you want something faster, buy something newer.
    Reply
  • melvis72
    I wouldn't put too much support in seeing a driver for the older HD4XXX cards even though they said they were going to do quarterly support. The AMD drivers are unified to a degree but they gave users a message for older cards with downloading 13.9 saying they have been optimized to their maximum potential from a performance and feature perspective, in short that means buy a new card. Nvidia does a larger unified driver but I'm sure the older cards are not seeing much benefit from the newer drivers since they are more geared toward newer cards
    Reply