AMD 12.9 Beta Drivers available

We always like to keep you up to date on the latest AMD and Nvidia drivers and in the past day AMD have made available its 12.9 beta drivers. The new 12.9 beta drivers feature perfomance upgrades, bug fixes and support for new GPUs. You can download them from here. AMD is also introducing a requirement to have Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 installed to fully utilise the Catalyst Control Center and all its features. This will become permanent in future releases. The new package is roughly 219MB in size, so if you’ve got a slow internet connection you might want to grab a hot drink.

AMD Catalyst Mobility now includes support for AMD Enduro Technology.

  • AMD Enduro Technology for Notebooks delivers:
    • Long lasting battery life
    • GPU accelerated performance for gaming, video, and compute apps
    • A Seamless and automatic experience

New features found in Catalyst 12.9 Beta:

  • Re-designed Catalyst Control Center user interface
    • View all profiled applications
    • View recently run applications
    • Profile applications based on power source
  • Expert mode control and customization
    • Performance centric AC
    • Battery centric DC

Performance highlights of AMD Catalyst 12.9 Beta (versus AMD Catalyst 12.8)

  • Up to 10% in Lost Planet 2 in single GPU configurations

Feature Highlights of AMD Catalyst 12.9 Beta Linux Driver:  New OS Support

This release of AMD Catalyst Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems.

  • Ubuntu 12.10 early look support
  • RHEL 6.3 production support

Resolved issue highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.9 Beta driver

  • Tri and Quad CrossFire+ Eyefinity configurations – Certain DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications lower than expected performance
  • FireFox – corruption observed in CrossFire configurations
  • Enabling Overdrive settings increased clocks in all power states
  • Availability of AMD Video Converter support in AMD Catalyst 12.9 Beta Windows 7 and Windows Vista packages