AMD Catalyst 14.6 RC2 Driver Released, Comes With Performance Improvements In Latest Games

AMD has released a new set of drivers for its graphics cards. According to the release notes, AMD’s Catalyst 14.6 RC2 driver comes with performance improvements to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. In addition, the Red team has implemented various Crossfire performance improvements for Watch_Dogs, Battlefield Hardline and GRID: Autosport.

Those interested can download these new drivers from here. Do note that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are the only listed operating systems (though we are pretty sure that they will work fine with Vista or Windows 8).

Here are the complete release notes for AMD Catalyst 14.6 RC2:

Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 14.6 RC Driver for Windows

  • Plants vs. Zombies (Direct3D performance improvements):
    • AMD Radeon R9 290X – 1920×1080 Ultra – improves up to 11%
    • AMD Radeon R9290X – 2560×1600 Ultra – improves up to  15%
    • AMD Radeon R9290X CrossFire configuration (3840×2160 Ultra)  – 92% scaling
  • 3DMark Sky Diver improvements:
    • AMD A4 6300 – improves up to 4%
    • Enables AMD Dual Graphics / AMD CrossFire support
  • Grid Auto Sport:
    • AMD CrossFire profile
  • Wildstar:
    • Power Xpress profile
    • Performance improvements to improve smoothness of application
  • Watch Dogs:
    • AMD CrossFire – Frame pacing improvements
  • Battlefield Hardline Beta:
    • AMD CrossFire profile

Known Issues

  • Running Watch Dogs with a R9 280X CrossFire configuration may result in the application running in CrossFire software compositing mode

  • Enabling Temporal SMAA in a CrossFire configuration when playing Watch Dogs will result in Flickering

  • AMD CrossFire configurations with Eyefinity enabled will see application stability with BattleField 4 or Thief when running Mantle

  • Catalyst Install Manager text is covered by Express/Custom radio button text

  • Express Uninstall does not remove C:\Program Files\(AMD or ATI) folder

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