AMD has released new Beta Catalyst drivers today. The graphic card manufacturer used to release new drivers every month, but it has changed that strategy and now releases updates ‘whenever it makes sense’. This way the company hopes to increase the quality of its drivers. Version 12.9 Beta brings a number of new features and fixed bugs. This update adds support for AMD Enduro technology, a new GUI for the Catalyst Control Center and AMD claims that it has increased performance (up to 10%) on Lost Planet 2 in single CPU systems. Also Linux support is improved; AMD specifically names Ubuntu 12.10 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 as supported operating systems.
When it comes to resolved issues, AMD states that it has improved performance on certain DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications that are in Tri and Qud CrossFire + Eyefinitiy configurations. Also an issue with Firefox on CrossFire systems is fixed, the browser should no longer suffer from corruption. The new 12.9 Beta also has AMD Video Converter support in the Windows 7 and Windows Vista packages.
The drives are available for download now and can be found on the AMD website, where you can also find the entire changelog for this release.