AMD Catalyst 11.12 WHQL with Official OpenGL 4.2 Support

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AMD has released the December 2011 edition of its WHQL-certified graphics drivers for Radeon based graphics cards. Good news for OpenGL developers: Catalyst 11.12 comes with an official support of OpenGL 4.2.

Catalyst 11.12 Desktop Downloads:



Catalyst 11.12 Mobility Downloads:



Catalyst 11.12 Linux Downloads:



The main new features of Catalyst 11.12 are:

  • AMD OpenGL 4.2 production support: AMD Catalyst 11.12 delivers official support for the OpenGL 4.2 specification.
  • AMD Eyefinity technology enhancements: Enables support for AMD HD3D technology when using a 3×1 Landscape Eyefinity display group, on supported DisplayPort 3D monitors.
  • AMD Vision Engine Control Center enhancements for Dual Graphics: Improvements have been implemented to better facilitate the enabling and control of the Dual Graphics within the Vision Engine Control Center

AMD Catalyst 11.12 CCC information

AMD Catalyst 11.12 GPU Caps Viewer
GPU Caps Viewer 1.14.5



Catalyst 11.12 exposes 232 OpenGL extensions (GL=211 and WGL=21) and the OpenGL version is: 4.2.11318. Compared to Cat 11.11 WHQL, Cat 11.12 introduces these new OpenGL extensions:

  • GL_ARB_base_instance
  • GL_ARB_conservative_depth
  • GL_ARB_internalformat_query
  • GL_ARB_map_buffer_alignment
  • GL_ARB_shader_atomic_counters
  • GL_ARB_shader_image_load_store
  • GL_ARB_shading_language_420pack
  • GL_ARB_shading_language_packing
  • GL_ARB_texture_storage
  • GL_ARB_transform_feedback_instanced
  • GL_EXT_texture_storage
  • WGL_EXT_swap_control_tear

But compared to Cat 11.10 Preview 3, Cat 11.12 does not expose new extension, Cat 11.10 Preview 3 being already an OpenGL 4.2 driver but in a beta version.




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