AMD Catalyst Driver Windows 8 Release Preview
Feature highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ feature preview driver for the Windows® 8 Release Preview
Featuring support for the new WDDM 1.2 driver model, this new driver enables customers to utilize the model’s features as applications are updated to leverage them. These features include:
Support for the AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series, and the AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series.
Native Stereo 3D support: Windows 8 natively supports stereoscopic 3D gaming and videos via compatible applications. Middleware applications will not be required for such apps.
Unified Video API: Video playback has been integrated into the DirectX® 11 API, enabling simultaneous video and gaming content. Transcoding performance may also be improved for supporting applications.
Optimized screen rotation for rotation-aware devices.
Improved sleep/resume performance.
Optimized GPU power consumption.
Support for AMD Features:
AMD Dual Graphics/AMD CrossFire™ Technology
AMD Catalyst Control Center/Vision Engine Control Center
AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta Driver
With the release of the AMD Catalyst™ 12.6 Beta driver (“Catalyst”), AMD would also like to announce that we are moving away from our Monthly Catalyst release plan. Our goal is to ensure that every Catalyst release delivers a substantial benefit to our end users; as we have today with the release of the Catalyst 12.6a Beta. We will still continue with the Catalyst naming convention; Catalyst: Year.Month. You just won’t see a new driver every single month. We are confident that this will only benefit the end user; you’ll only need to upgrade to a new Catalyst driver, when it makes sense.
We would also like to announce the introduction of our new AMD Issue Reporting Form. We made a number of improvements to the older Catalyst Crew Feedback form, making it more comprehensive, ensuring high quality feedback. Feedback is very important in every product company’s life, especially in our fast paced environment. This is not just a check-box for us – we take these reports very seriously. We will review every report posted here and investigate every issue encountered. Please use this form whenever you encounter something worth mentioning.
Catalyst 8.98 exposes 1 new OpenGL extension.