AMD has released the WHQL version of their Catalyst 12.4 drivers. These drivers introduce some new features to the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series, such as Windows XP 32/64Bit support, Level of Detail (LOD) Image Quality enhancements when Super Sampling is enabled and significant performance enhancements (up to 80%) when MLAA is enabled. In addition, there have been various fixes for Skyrim, RAGE, Enemy Territory, and STALKER: Call of Pripyat.
Those interested can download these new drivers from here.
Below you will find the key features of Catalyst 12.4 WHQL:
Windows XP support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
•In addition to Windows 7 and Windows Vista support, Catalyst 12.4 now also introduces Windows XP (64-bit/32-bit) support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing: Level of Detail (LOD) Image Quality enhancements
•Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series •LOD Image quality enhancements have been improved when enabling Super Sample Anti-Aliasing and Adaptive Anti-Aliasing through the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications. •Applications must support in game Anti-Aliasing for the feature to work (Forced on Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center is not supported for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications)
•Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series, AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series, and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series •MLAA now operates up to 80% faster than previous versions
Texture filtering quality improvements
•Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series •Improvements have been made to the texture filtering algorithm (for both DirectX9 and DirectX10/DirectX11 applications) to increase the quality of rendered textures, with no impact to performance
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 12.4 software suite for Windows 7. These include: •Elder Scrolls: Skyrim: no longer hangs on single GPU configurations when used with AMD Catalyst 12.3 CAP1 and later CAP releases •Elder Scolls: Skyrim: flickering square corruption is no longer observed. •Rage: Vsync is no longer disabled after task switching. •Enemy Territory: Quake Wars: no longer crashes when launched in High Performance Mode. •Stalker – Call of Pripyat: flickering is no longer observed in trees with specific Catalyst Control Center settings. •Tom Clancy HAWX 2: no longer crashes on game launch. •Windows Media Center: no longer crashes when run in Eyefinity mode and High Performance mode settings. •AMD Steady Video: an error message is no longer displayed when enabling AMD Steady Video for the Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 plugin. •Duplicating displays no longer generates random corruption. •Tearing is no longer observed on the third screen in 3×1 and 1×3 Eyefinity configurations. •A system crash is no longer experienced when enabling Crossfire in a 4 display configuration. •The advanced video quality settings are now correctly displayed in the Catalyst Control Center.
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