AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta Now Available – Includes Frame Pacing Option, Fixes Stuttering

AMD has finally released the highly anticipated drivers for its graphics cards. Catalyst 13.8 Beta mainly fix the latency issues that have plagued the entire HD 7000 series. This means that the stuttering issues that have been reported in the past few months should be fixed. AMD users can enable/disable the frame pacing fix from their control panels. By default, this option is set On. AMD noted that this option may bring a slight performance drop, so those interested in benchmarking these new drivers should disable it.
You can download these new drivers from the following links:
-AMD Catalyst 13.8 BETA Desktop Download Link – Windows 7/8 64-bit
-AMD Catalyst 13.8 BETA Mobility Download Link – Windows 7/8 64-bit
There are no release notes at this point, but we’ll be sure to update this post once we get our hands on them.
Here are the release notes:
Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta Driver for Windows:
Support for AMD CrossFire™ Frame Pacing
Frame Pacing ensures that frames rendered across multiple GPUs in a CrossFire configuration will be displayed at an even and regular pace.
Enabled through the AMD Catalyst Control Center; Globally or on a per application basis.
Frame Pacing is enabled by default.
Supported for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications, and resolutions up to and including 2560×1600 (single display).
OpenGL 4.3 support – full support for the OpenGL 4.3 feature set
Performance improvements found in AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta for Windows:
Metro: Last Light – improves performance up to 7% on the AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series
OpenGL support for User Profiles and Catalyst Application Profiles:
Users can now create per application 3D setting profiles for OpenGL applications.
OpenGL applications are now supported through Catalyst Application Profile updates (for single GPU and AMD CrossFire configurations).
AMD Enduro Technology enhancement – Catalyst Control Center will now show which applications are active on the Performance GPU, and the Power-Saving GPU
Resolved issues:
Resolved crash when enabling AMD CrossFireX™ on some AMD 970 platforms
Improved stability for AMD Radeon HD 7790
Resolved intermittent mouse cursor corruption when rapidly moving the cursor across window borders