Wednesday, January 19th 2011

AMD Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix Update Driver Leaked

In the wake of impending competition from NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560Ti, AMD is busy fine-tuning its performance-segment offer. It is lowering prices of Radeon HD 6950 with the introduction of a new 1 GB variant, and reportedly working on Radeon HD 6870 "Turbo" models. Combined with the two, AMD is also planning a new driver which is out and out focussed on performance enhancements for Radeon HD 6000 series GPUs.

Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix introduces performance improvements specific to Radeon HD 6800 and HD 6900 series, in turn specific to games. One can expect performance improvements of up to 35% with Anti-Aliasing in some games. Catalyst 11.1a is also going to give users full control over the way the driver handles tessellation, allowing users to override applications' tessellation settings (much like AA and AF). In the future, there's also scope for an AMD-optimised tessellation setting that adjusts tessellation detail to give the best details with minimal performance impact.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix Update

A list of changes follows.

Performance improvements for the AMD Radeon HD 6800 & HD 6900 series include but not limited to:

AMD Radeon HD 6900 and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series:
  • 3DMark Vantage improves ~7%
  • 3DMark06 improves ~3%
  • Call of Duty Black Ops improves ~20% at 4xMSAA and up to 35% at 8xMSAA
  • Riddick Assault on Dark Athena SSAO performance improves ~20%
  • Unigine Heaven OpenGL performance improves ~10% at moderate, 30% at normal and 100% at extreme tessellation levels
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series:
  • Aliens vs. Predators improves ~9% at 2xMSAA and up to 20% at 4xMSAA
  • Batman Arkham Asylum improves ~4%
  • Crysis Warhead improves ~2-4%
  • Metro 2033 improves ~28% at 4xMSAA
AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series:
  • Battleforge DirectX 11 performance improves as much as 6%
New Tessellation Controls:
The Catalyst Control Center includes an early prototype of some new tessellation controls. Our goal is to give users full control over the tessellation levels used in applications. The default selection “AMD Optimized” setting allows AMD, on a per application basis, to set the best level of tessellation. The intention is to help users get the maximum visual benefit of Tessellation, while minimizing the impact on performance. Currently no applications have been profiled, so the “AMD Optimized” setting will be non-operational until further notice.
  • The “Use Application Settings” option gives applications full control over the Tessellation level. Users can also manually set the maximum tessellation level used by applications with the slider control
  • The long term goal for the “AMD Optimized” setting is to use the Catalyst Application Profile mechanism to control the AMD recommended level of tessellation on a per application basis. AMD’s intention is to set the tessellation level such that we will not be reducing image quality in any way that would negatively impact the gaming experience.
Source: Google
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40 Comments on AMD Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix Update Driver Leaked

#1
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: RejZoR
So, this hotfix also works with HD5000 series cards? And MLAA is enabled by default without hacking the INF ? If true, i might give it a try.
Id stay far away from this driver if your using a 5 series card... *buggalugs* said it worked for him, but not for me.... I know how to do a clean ccc install and this driver fucked my system to the point of no return.

I couldn't even get into safe mode to remove the driver, Even pulling the gpu out and using an 8800gt I was still screwed!!!
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#2
theoneandonlymrk
not everyones pc and system is the same tho fullinfusion it works fine on mine no crashes all games still work fine some better im happy tho i am happy too to except that it can go wrong'

as i have done what you have done a few times and i found it to be driver sweeper over zelously deleting drivers every time, i never ever use it now and run hybrid physx gt240 plus my 5870 with morpho working flawlessly plus now tesselation overide and the splendid for fps but shit for quality surface optimisations all work fine now
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#3
mysticjon
why does the download link go to google?
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#4
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: theoneandonlymrk
not everyones pc and system is the same tho fullinfusion it works fine on mine no crashes all games still work fine some better im happy tho i am happy too to except that it can go wrong'

as i have done what you have done a few times and i found it to be driver sweeper over zelously deleting drivers every time, i never ever use it now and run hybrid physx gt240 plus my 5870 with morpho working flawlessly plus now tesselation overide and the splendid for fps but shit for quality surface optimisations all work fine now
Yeah you right :o I edited the post. Im thinking that maybe the Windows SP1 I installed last night may be the blame sense its just still a Beta...
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#5
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: mysticjon
why does the download link go to google?
Clicky the google'd Media fire.com link and choose your flavor :D
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#6
n-ster
by: fullinfusion
Yeah you right :o I edited the post. Im thinking that maybe the Windows SP1 I installed last night may be the blame sense its just still a Beta...
I have both SP1 and Cat 11.1a installed, everything is flawless
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#7
theoneandonlymrk
fullinfusion i did same m8 allways just throw latest on with complete disregard for pre bakup thats why i said before about driver sweeper it has wiped on 2 occasions more then i bargained on and led me to full fresh install i stopped using it,

no probs now i allways over install then delete the temp folders in c (they no longer matter much (ssd)) even over install then mod to hybrid my physx and thats after ive accidentally updated it to a point where it sussed the atis presence and refused physx, just over installed and modded and on ocasion use amd's/nv's own uninstaller

ps 11.1 have defo working tesselation on mine tried many benches got 22326 gpu in vantage and 5214 in 3dmark11 basic gypo setting as well as 12560 in unigine all in 1280x1024 in std performance benches defo better drivers these.
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#8
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
Mabey I got a bumed D/L?

Or just because im using a 5970 series gpu?

God I wana try again but.... I benn sitting here most of the day re-installing everything again...

I'll tell ya what, as soon as I get everything finished and save an Image then I'll try again.
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#9

Just wait for the final release. Only a couple of days now. I heard this driver is a definitely no-no for 5*** series....
#10
pantherx12
I don't know why you want to try them on 5xxx cards anyway, it didn't state any changes for them right?
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#11
inferKNOX
You know, for all you people that tend to complain about driver stability, I thought I aught to just add that I have never had driver issues when installing one Catalyst over another.

Once, however, I thought I'd see what all the hype about DriverCleaner.Net was about and I tried removing the drivers with it. Suffice it to say, that eventually when I did manage to get my system stable enough to use, it still had so many annoying random glitches that I re-installed the OS to be done with them.
Carrying on from that experience, I went back to my old method of simply installing the new ones over the old. Haven't had a problem since.:) Of course there are some driver-based bugs here and there, but no issues with stability.

Now, I may have done something I shouldn't have, but if you're using 3rd party driver cleaners and are having stability issues, you aught to ask yourself if you might be having the same trouble I did, all because you're trying to use a sword for what needs a scalpel.;)
All in all, what I'm trying to say is, before you say you're not upgrading to a new version over stability concerns, be sure that it is in fact the drivers causing the problems you're afraid of, not your over-tinkering.
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#12
truehighroller1
by: inferKNOX
You know, for all you people that tend to complain about driver stability, I thought I aught to just add that I have never had driver issues when installing one Catalyst over another.

Once, however, I thought I'd see what all the hype about DriverCleaner.Net was about and I tried removing the drivers with it. Suffice it to say, that eventually when I did manage to get my system stable enough to use, it still had so many annoying random glitches that I re-installed the OS to be done with them.
Carrying on from that experience, I went back to my old method of simply installing the new ones over the old. Haven't had a problem since.:) Of course there are some driver-based bugs here and there, but no issues with stability.

Now, I may have done something I shouldn't have, but if you're using 3rd party driver cleaners and are having stability issues, you aught to ask yourself if you might be having the same trouble I did, all because you're trying to use a sword for what needs a scalpel.;)
All in all, what I'm trying to say is, before you say you're not upgrading to a new version over stability concerns, be sure that it is in fact the drivers causing the problems you're afraid of, not your over-tinkering.
I've noticed that if you leave the stuff in the, YourUserNameHereappdataLocalAti and, YourUsernameHereappdataRoamingAti folders. Which are hidden as well so you need to enable show hidden folders and files under you appearance preferences for folder options. You run in to issues.

If you delete the stuff inside those two ati folders and delete the ATI root folder C:ATI " NOT THE AMD folder, just the ATI folder. ", everything goes smoothly every time. That is a fact that should help people out allot..

I've noticed this since Vista came out and I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit.

:toast:
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#13
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
Update, I was able to get this driver working on my 5970.
It has all the options now. I just ran the installer over the 10.12 hot fix driver and its working. now to run some numbers.
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#14
buggalugs
by: inferKNOX
You know, for all you people that tend to complain about driver stability, I thought I aught to just add that I have never had driver issues .
I dont have any problems either, but i uninstall the old driver/reboot/then install the new driver. Been doing that for many ATI cards going back 10 years. I really dont understand how people have problems, i mean once in a while maybe but if you have problems driver after driver something is wrong.
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#15
Thatguy
by: semantics
More interested in image quality not just still frame but also movement, sometimes amd's optimizations look fine in a screen shot but flicker on the sides of objects or something else that isn't desired while under the eyes of a keen observer.
Sometimes I make shit up, just becuase I work for someone else and I like to shit on their products.
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