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AMD Catalyst 12.9 Beta drivers available for download – many fixes

Posted at 27 September 2012 11:23 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

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.

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Blown to smitherines
Posted on: 28 Sep 12 10:45
    I certainly hope they fixed the bug in 12.8 whereby after installing, every game relying on 3D acceleration died horribly and kicked you back to the desktop .... and all the bugs between 12.7 and 12.0 whereby horrible artifacts (that made games completely unplayable) were present ......

    I'm currently using 11.X drivers, which were released before my video card was
    MyCE Die Hard
    Posted on: 28 Sep 12 13:20
      I'm on 12.6 on many machines, but none are doing games but multi-threaded audio work. The only defect we've seen is the "blue tint" when dragging an on-screen window above and to the left of the screen-resolution limits (above coordinates 0,0.) But only on Win7-64 vs. ATI 12.6. WinXP flavors handle that move fine.

      At first, I thought maybe this was like a radioactive badge - "Warning! Warning! You've moved a window off the edge of the screen!! We're going to plunge into outer space! Off the edge of the Earth! Warning! Warning!"

      And my constant response remains, "So-?!! Who the heck are YOU to tell ME where I can move windows to?!!"

      Then I was reading the HICCUPS thread and laughing at those responses. Yes, yes, if my machines could talk back to me... well... let's just say I'd probably have fewer machines.

      "I married Hubby so HE could talk back to me - don't you guys start!!"

      After a pause, then I often comment to the computers, "I like chopping wood, by the way. Very therapeutic. Wanna see me in action?" My computer names are Ballmer. Jobs. Ellison. Things like that. Gates is a quiet computer now, running nicely, almost forgotten as a media server. Almost forgotten.

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