Thursday, May 26th 2011

AMD Releases Catalyst 11.5b Hotfix Update

AMD was a little too early in May with its monthly Catalyst driver release, with the Catalyst 11.5 WHQL reaching the web as early as 9th May (typically monthly Catalyst updates are released after the 24th). On the same date, AMD also released its first hotfix update for the Catalyst 11.5, the 11.5a Hotfix Update, which packed a number of game-specific performance improvements. Today, the company released its second such update for the month, with Catalyst 11.5b Hotfix.

The update is rushed in to fix a number of issues found with the recently-released game, Brink. It also fixes a number of non-gaming application issues, particularly related to media decoding. In the process, the driver also brings with it a number of game-specific performance improvements, games including Civilization 5, Dead Rising 2, Fallout 3, Mafia 2, NBA 2010, ShenGuiChuanQi, Starcraft 2, Warcraft III, World of Warcraft, and Dirt 3.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 11.5b Hotfix Update.

A complete list of changes follows:

  • Includes performance optimizations and resolves various quality issues for the upcoming release of Brink
  • Resolves transcoding video lagging issues seen when converting multiple H.264 clips to MPEG2 Blu-ray video
  • Resolves the intermittent mouse cursor lag issue seen by some users
  • Resolves intermittent flickering issues seen in the following applications in a system using an AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics card with DDR3 memory and running in DirectX 9 mode:
  • o Civilization 5
    o Dead Rising 2
    o Fallout 3
    o Mafia 2
    o NBA 2010
    o ShenGuiChuanQi
    o Starcraft 2
    o Warcraft III
    o World of Warcraft
  • Support for additional Stereo 3D-capable displays:
  • o Viewsonic V3D241wm-LED
    o 3D Projectors
  • Enables AMD CrossFire scaling for Brink
  • Enables AMD CrossFire scaling for The Witcher 2
  • Improves performance for Dirt 3
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15 Comments on AMD Releases Catalyst 11.5b Hotfix Update

#1
b82rez
I hope this stops the stupid error I get when I play Dirt 3 where I have to disable aero to get anything to work..
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#2
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Interesting to see Fallout 3 fixes. Nice that I own quite a few of those games.
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#3
Imsochobo
crossfire for witcher 2 :)
That's good since I havent started it yet :D

good to see amd on top of issues, instead of being far behind.
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#4
random
Anyone tried these drivers for the witcher 2 yet? I am keen on the results. I will wait for the patch etc before my second playthrough :)
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#5
cyriene
I'll have to try these out this weekend on the witcher 2! I haven't been able to play yet due to work and spending time with the gf. Hopefully there will be a nice performance boost!
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#6
Delta6326
Now I can play my Warcraft III...
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#7
ic3r0ck
it resolves flickering issues in warcraft 3 ? finally ... better late than never.
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#8
Ota-kun
Finally the sticky corner cursor is gone.

Edit: nope I still have it (Sapphire HD6670)
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#9
erocker
by: random
Anyone tried these drivers for the witcher 2 yet? I am keen on the results. I will wait for the patch etc before my second playthrough :)
Yes, huge FPS gains. With "Ubersampling" off, I'm hitting around 100fps. It's actually playable with Ubersampling on. Only problem is a glitch with the bloom effect indoors.
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#10
random
by: erocker
Yes, huge FPS gains. With "Ubersampling" off, I'm hitting around 100fps. It's actually playable with Ubersampling on. Only problem is a glitch with the bloom effect indoors.
Oh god, the crossfire devil is beckoning me to buy another 6950 again ..... must ..... resist @_@
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#11
swaaye
Performance improvements for Warcraft III?! I remember trying that game on a Matrox G200! :D
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#12
LifeOnMars
I am only using a HD 5870 and these are giving me good performance in most games with no issues at all. Also vsync probs I was having in some titles seem to have cleared up completely.

Dirt 3 @ 2048x1536, DX11 maxed with 16xAF and 8XAA is smooth as silk even though it's staying constantly below 60fps. Nice drivers.
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#13
avatar_raq
11.5 a caused the eyefinity cursor curoption issue to occur 3-4 times/day after it was like 1-2 times per month with the last 3 drivers. Lets hope it's fixed in this release.
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#14
RejZoR
Still getting damn GSOD's with these on HD6870...
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#15
link2009
by: swaaye
Performance improvements for Warcraft III?! I remember trying that game on a Matrox G200! :D
Seriously. Is that a typo or what? I can't believe they're still testing / improving the driver for WC3.
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