AMD Catalyst 11.8 Preview with OpenGL 4.2 Beta Support, 7 New Extensions, Windows and Linux



Catalyst 11.8, OpenGL 4.2 preview

AMD has published a preview driver (Catalyst 11.8) with a beta support of OpenGL 4.2. You can download this preview for Windows and Linux here:

Catalyst 11.8, CCC information

More information about this preview: AMD Releases Catalyst Beta Drivers for OpenGL 4.2.

Unlike NVIDIA that has provided a driver (R280.28) with all OpenGL 4.2 related extensions
(OpenGL 4.2 specs introduce 11 new extensions), AMD has chosen to expose only six GL 4.2 extensions:

Catalyst 11.8, OpenGL 4.2 preview



As you can see on the GPU Caps Viewer screenshot, the OpenGL version is still 4.1. I think it’s because AMD does not want to ship an incomplete OpenGL 4.2 driver. Then we have the preview of the new extensions but it’s officially still an OpenGL 4.1 driver. Catalyst will be labelled with OpenGL 4.2 support when the following extensions will be added:

Remark: the GL_ARB_texture_compression_bptc extension is part of OpenGL 4.2 but is already exposed since Cat 10.10a.



Here is the list of all 226 OpenGL extensions (GL=206 and WGL=20) exposed by the preview of Cat 11.8 Win7 64-bit for a Radeon HD 6970:

  • GL_AMDX_debug_output
  • GL_AMDX_vertex_shader_tessellator
  • GL_AMD_blend_minmax_factor
  • GL_AMD_conservative_depth
  • GL_AMD_debug_output
  • GL_AMD_depth_clamp_separate
  • GL_AMD_draw_buffers_blend
  • GL_AMD_multi_draw_indirect
  • GL_AMD_name_gen_delete
  • GL_AMD_performance_monitor
  • GL_AMD_pinned_memory
  • GL_AMD_sample_positions
  • GL_AMD_seamless_cubemap_per_texture
  • GL_AMD_shader_stencil_export
  • GL_AMD_shader_trace
  • GL_AMD_texture_cube_map_array
  • GL_AMD_texture_texture4
  • GL_AMD_transform_feedback3_lines_triangles
  • GL_AMD_vertex_shader_tessellator
  • GL_ARB_ES2_compatibility
  • GL_ARB_base_instance
  • GL_ARB_blend_func_extended
  • GL_ARB_color_buffer_float
  • GL_ARB_compressed_texture_pixel_storage
  • GL_ARB_copy_buffer
  • GL_ARB_debug_output
  • GL_ARB_depth_buffer_float
  • GL_ARB_depth_clamp
  • GL_ARB_depth_texture
  • GL_ARB_draw_buffers
  • GL_ARB_draw_buffers_blend
  • GL_ARB_draw_elements_base_vertex
  • GL_ARB_draw_indirect
  • GL_ARB_draw_instanced
  • GL_ARB_explicit_attrib_location
  • GL_ARB_fragment_coord_conventions
  • GL_ARB_fragment_program
  • GL_ARB_fragment_program_shadow
  • GL_ARB_fragment_shader
  • GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
  • GL_ARB_framebuffer_sRGB
  • GL_ARB_geometry_shader4
  • GL_ARB_get_program_binary
  • GL_ARB_gpu_shader5
  • GL_ARB_gpu_shader_fp64
  • GL_ARB_half_float_pixel
  • GL_ARB_half_float_vertex
  • GL_ARB_imaging
  • GL_ARB_instanced_arrays
  • GL_ARB_internalformat_query
  • GL_ARB_map_buffer_alignment
  • GL_ARB_map_buffer_range
  • GL_ARB_multisample
  • GL_ARB_multitexture
  • GL_ARB_occlusion_query
  • GL_ARB_occlusion_query2
  • GL_ARB_pixel_buffer_object
  • GL_ARB_point_parameters
  • GL_ARB_point_sprite
  • GL_ARB_provoking_vertex
  • GL_ARB_sample_shading
  • GL_ARB_sampler_objects
  • GL_ARB_seamless_cube_map
  • GL_ARB_separate_shader_objects
  • GL_ARB_shader_bit_encoding
  • GL_ARB_shader_image_load_store
  • GL_ARB_shader_objects
  • GL_ARB_shader_precision
  • GL_ARB_shader_stencil_export
  • GL_ARB_shader_subroutine
  • GL_ARB_shader_texture_lod
  • GL_ARB_shading_language_100
  • GL_ARB_shadow
  • GL_ARB_shadow_ambient
  • GL_ARB_sync
  • GL_ARB_tessellation_shader
  • GL_ARB_texture_border_clamp
  • GL_ARB_texture_buffer_object
  • GL_ARB_texture_buffer_object_rgb32
  • GL_ARB_texture_compression
  • GL_ARB_texture_compression_bptc
  • GL_ARB_texture_compression_rgtc
  • GL_ARB_texture_cube_map
  • GL_ARB_texture_cube_map_array
  • GL_ARB_texture_env_add
  • GL_ARB_texture_env_combine
  • GL_ARB_texture_env_crossbar
  • GL_ARB_texture_env_dot3
  • GL_ARB_texture_float
  • GL_ARB_texture_gather
  • GL_ARB_texture_mirrored_repeat
  • GL_ARB_texture_multisample
  • GL_ARB_texture_non_power_of_two
  • GL_ARB_texture_query_lod
  • GL_ARB_texture_rectangle
  • GL_ARB_texture_rg
  • GL_ARB_texture_rgb10_a2ui
  • GL_ARB_texture_snorm
  • GL_ARB_timer_query
  • GL_ARB_transform_feedback2
  • GL_ARB_transform_feedback3
  • GL_ARB_transform_feedback_instanced
  • GL_ARB_transpose_matrix
  • GL_ARB_uniform_buffer_object
  • GL_ARB_vertex_array_bgra
  • GL_ARB_vertex_array_object
  • GL_ARB_vertex_attrib_64bit
  • GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object
  • GL_ARB_vertex_program
  • GL_ARB_vertex_shader
  • GL_ARB_vertex_type_2_10_10_10_rev
  • GL_ARB_viewport_array
  • GL_ARB_window_pos
  • GL_ATI_draw_buffers
  • GL_ATI_envmap_bumpmap
  • GL_ATI_fragment_shader
  • GL_ATI_meminfo
  • GL_ATI_separate_stencil
  • GL_ATI_texture_compression_3dc
  • GL_ATI_texture_env_combine3
  • GL_ATI_texture_float
  • GL_ATI_texture_mirror_once
  • GL_EXT_abgr
  • GL_EXT_bgra
  • GL_EXT_bindable_uniform
  • GL_EXT_blend_color
  • GL_EXT_blend_equation_separate
  • GL_EXT_blend_func_separate
  • GL_EXT_blend_minmax
  • GL_EXT_blend_subtract
  • GL_EXT_compiled_vertex_array
  • GL_EXT_copy_buffer
  • GL_EXT_copy_texture
  • GL_EXT_direct_state_access
  • GL_EXT_draw_buffers2
  • GL_EXT_draw_instanced
  • GL_EXT_draw_range_elements
  • GL_EXT_fog_coord
  • GL_EXT_framebuffer_blit
  • GL_EXT_framebuffer_multisample
  • GL_EXT_framebuffer_object
  • GL_EXT_framebuffer_sRGB
  • GL_EXT_geometry_shader4
  • GL_EXT_gpu_program_parameters
  • GL_EXT_gpu_shader4
  • GL_EXT_histogram
  • GL_EXT_multi_draw_arrays
  • GL_EXT_packed_depth_stencil
  • GL_EXT_packed_float
  • GL_EXT_packed_pixels
  • GL_EXT_pixel_buffer_object
  • GL_EXT_point_parameters
  • GL_EXT_provoking_vertex
  • GL_EXT_rescale_normal
  • GL_EXT_secondary_color
  • GL_EXT_separate_specular_color
  • GL_EXT_shader_image_load_store
  • GL_EXT_shadow_funcs
  • GL_EXT_stencil_wrap
  • GL_EXT_subtexture
  • GL_EXT_texgen_reflection
  • GL_EXT_texture3D
  • GL_EXT_texture_array
  • GL_EXT_texture_buffer_object
  • GL_EXT_texture_compression_bptc
  • GL_EXT_texture_compression_latc
  • GL_EXT_texture_compression_rgtc
  • GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc
  • GL_EXT_texture_cube_map
  • GL_EXT_texture_edge_clamp
  • GL_EXT_texture_env_add
  • GL_EXT_texture_env_combine
  • GL_EXT_texture_env_dot3
  • GL_EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic
  • GL_EXT_texture_integer
  • GL_EXT_texture_lod
  • GL_EXT_texture_lod_bias
  • GL_EXT_texture_mirror_clamp
  • GL_EXT_texture_object
  • GL_EXT_texture_rectangle
  • GL_EXT_texture_sRGB
  • GL_EXT_texture_shared_exponent
  • GL_EXT_texture_snorm
  • GL_EXT_texture_storage
  • GL_EXT_texture_swizzle
  • GL_EXT_timer_query
  • GL_EXT_transform_feedback
  • GL_EXT_vertex_array
  • GL_EXT_vertex_array_bgra
  • GL_EXT_vertex_attrib_64bit
  • GL_IBM_texture_mirrored_repeat
  • GL_KTX_buffer_region
  • GL_NV_blend_square
  • GL_NV_conditional_render
  • GL_NV_copy_depth_to_color
  • GL_NV_explicit_multisample
  • GL_NV_float_buffer
  • GL_NV_half_float
  • GL_NV_primitive_restart
  • GL_NV_texgen_reflection
  • GL_NV_texture_barrier
  • GL_SGIS_generate_mipmap
  • GL_SGIS_texture_edge_clamp
  • GL_SGIS_texture_lod
  • GL_SUN_multi_draw_arrays
  • GL_WIN_swap_hint
  • WGL_EXT_swap_control
  • WGL_ARB_extensions_string
  • WGL_ARB_pixel_format
  • WGL_ATI_pixel_format_float
  • WGL_ARB_pixel_format_float
  • WGL_ARB_multisample
  • WGL_ARB_pbuffer
  • WGL_ARB_render_texture
  • WGL_ARB_make_current_read
  • WGL_EXT_extensions_string
  • WGL_ARB_buffer_region
  • WGL_EXT_framebuffer_sRGB
  • WGL_ATI_render_texture_rectangle
  • WGL_EXT_pixel_format_packed_float
  • WGL_I3D_genlock
  • WGL_NV_swap_group
  • WGL_ARB_create_context
  • WGL_AMD_gpu_association
  • WGL_AMDX_gpu_association
  • WGL_ARB_create_context_profile

(Forum thread)



8 thoughts on “AMD Catalyst 11.8 Preview with OpenGL 4.2 Beta Support, 7 New Extensions, Windows and Linux”

  1. Leith Bade

    @Christophe: that’s interesting. I was wondering where atomic counters were since they listed them in the change log.

    I wonder if they forgot to add GL_ARB_shader_atomic_counters or if it isn’t quite ready.

  2. Christophe

    @JeGX:

    Catalyst will be labelled with OpenGL 4.2 support when the following extensions will be added:

    GL_ARB_conservative_depth (OpenGL 4.2)
    GL_ARB_shader_atomic_counters (OpenGL 4.2)
    GL_ARB_shading_language_420pack (OpenGL 4.2)
    GL_ARB_shading_language_packing
    GL_ARB_texture_compression_bptc (OpenGL 4.2)
    GL_ARB_texture_storage (OpenGL 4.2)

  3. Christophe

    For GL_ARB_shader_atomic_counters the string is only missing apparently
    GL_AMD_conservative_depth is kind of the same than GL_ARB_conservative_depth same for GL_ARB_texture_storage so maybe what messing is only:

    GL_ARB_shading_language_420pack
    GL_ARB_shading_language_packing

  4. JeGX Post Author

    Oops, I removed GL_ARB_texture_compression_bptc from the list. Thanks Groove!

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