Wednesday, August 17th 2011

AMD Catalyst 11.8 WHQL Driver Suite Released

AMD today rolled out this month's major Catalyst software suite release, Catalyst 11.8 WHQL. The software provides the latest WHQL-signed drivers for AMD Radeon GPUs, AMD accelerated processing units (APUs), and AMD chipsets with integrated graphics. This release sees the fusion of AMD Overdrive System (CPU) with GPU overdrive. Both AMD processors and Radeon GPUs can be tweaked using a single application in the Vision Control Center. CPU Overclocking in Vision Center, however, is only supported on Black Edition processor models.

In the GPU driver front, Catalyst 11.8 brings a few major performance improvements, including a 10% performance improvement for Crysis 2 DirectX 11, for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing modes; 8% performance boosts in FEAR 3 DirectX 11 with application enabled Anti-Aliasing; and a significant 20% boost in Call of Duty Black Ops for single and multi-GPU setups. AMD has redesigned Morphological Anti Aliasing (MLAA) code to boost performance of all applications with MLAA enabled, by up to 30%.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 11.8 WHQL
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#1
TheMailMan78
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by: btarunr
AMD today rolled out this month's major Catalyst software suite release, Catalyst 11.8 WHQL. The software provides the latest WHQL-signed drivers for AMD Radeon GPUs, AMD accelerated processing units (APUs), and AMD chipsets with integrated graphics. This release sees the fusion of AMD Overdrive System (CPU) with GPU overdrive. Both AMD processors and Radeon GPUs can be tweaked using a single application in the Vision Control Center. CPU Overclocking in Vision Center, however, is only supported on Black Edition processor models.

In the GPU driver front, Catalyst 11.8 brings a few major performance improvements, including a 10% performance improvement for Crysis 2 DirectX 11, for both non-Anti-Aliasing, and application enabled Anti-Aliasing modes; 8% performance boosts in FEAR 3 DirectX 11 with application enabled Anti-Aliasing; and a significant 20% boost in Call of Duty Black Ops for single and multi-GPU setups. AMD has redesigned Morphological Anti Aliasing (MLAA) code to boost performance of all applications with MLAA enabled, by up to 30%.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 11.8 WHQL
Thats the kinda win I'm talkin about!
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#2
erocker
Wow, it seems like 11.7's just came out. Anyways, looks like I have some new drivers for my new build tonight! :D
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#3
bogie
Are these newer than the 11.7 preview drivers or just a WHQL 11.7 preview?

Would be nice if AMD let us know when they release them. Full version software numbers within catalyst should also be made available.
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#4
LifeOnMars
by: bogie
Are these newer than the 11.7 preview drivers or just a WHQL 11.7 preview?

Would be nice if AMD let us know when they release them. Full version software numbers within catalyst should also be made available.
Really? Look at the thread title it says all you need to know :shadedshu

Going to give these a whirl tonight, I was very impressed with the 11.7's. Very solid in most games, I hope these carry that on.
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#5
DonInKansas
by: bogie
Are these newer than the 11.7 preview drivers or just a WHQL 11.7 preview?

Would be nice if AMD let us know when they release them. Full version software numbers within catalyst should also be made available.
The AMD/ATi driver naming scheme has been the same for years. 11.8 (August, 2011) are newer than 11.7 (July, 2011). Catching on yet?
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#6
SK-1
Yes the 11.7 release seemed to have fixed my issues. Almost afraid to try these 11.8's...
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#9
bogie
Sorry I meant 11.8 Preview..... :o
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#10
xBruce88x
"AMD has redesigned Morphological Anti Aliasing (MLAA) code to boost performance of all applications with MLAA enabled, by up to 30%. "

now THAT is worth downloading! starting to think about getting a 6850 more and more...
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#11
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Just got done running BC2 and these are nice IMO.
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#12
ShogoXT
I cant seem to force AA on for Riddick anymore. Thought I could for 11.6.
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#13
gbird
I just bought the XFX 6870 last week and was using the preview 11.8. Since i installed the official version i noticed higher frame rates in games like Fable 3, Red Faction and Mafia 2. I have not tried Black ops as yet but i am sure they are true to their word about the increased performance. AMD ROCKS.
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#14
Lionheart
I just finished testing out Crysis 2 to see if these driver's have any effect:p and I can tell I did get a performance increase and gameplay feels slot more smoother with an occasional slowdown here or there but this is with all settings maxed out at Ultra including DX11 patch + High Res texture pack, I did how ever get weird facial anomalies (glitches:confused:) but meh;)
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#15
7.62
Made my text all blurry. As if cleartype was off. Especially bad in Thunderbird. I rolled back to 11.7. BC2 performance was down 10fps too.
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#16
95Viper
by: 7.62
Made my text all blurry. As if cleartype was off.
Do you have Morphological filtering enabled? If so, try it without it.:)
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#17
7.62
Yes. That is the problem even with 11.7. Thanks so much for that, can you explain to me what that does?
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#18
Melvis
This might sound like a dumb question, but has anyone tried these on older cards? would i notice any difference?
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#19
95Viper
by: 7.62
Yes. That is the problem even with 11.7. Thanks so much for that, can you explain to me what that does?
Umm, I am not real good at explaining things, so, here is a link that might help.
Morphological Anti-Aliasing

Just me and my opinion: I don't like the results of using it... blurs some text in certain apps and makes some games, sort of, cartoonish (for lack of a better word at the moment).
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#21
HalfAHertz
by: bim27142
Does this really work for Toshiba/Sony? Looking on the release notes:

- Toshiba® notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
- Sony® VAIO® notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)


:confused:
Yes it does. This is the "unnoficial" internal mobile driver. It lacks the system check the standard one has.
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#22
badtaylorx
anyone elese gett'n flash video tearing from 11.8 ???

i like the gaming boost so i dont wanna roll back:banghead:
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#23
CrackerJack
XFX 6870, been using 11.8 since btarunr post the drivers. No problems (upgrade install) and no noticeable performance increase. (Black OPS)
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#24
pigulici
no problem with photoshop cs5.1 and hd6850,(the zoom, paning,..) for those who don't want to risk to install on graphic pc before are sure
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#25
Melvis
by: Lionheart
I just finished testing out Crysis 2 to see if these driver's have any effect:p and I can tell I did get a performance increase and gameplay feels slot more smoother with an occasional slowdown here or there but this is with all settings maxed out at Ultra including DX11 patch + High Res texture pack, I did how ever get weird facial anomalies (glitches:confused:) but meh;)
I also just did the same with my quadfire set up and i will also confirm this as Crysis 2 ran alot smoother for me, best its ever run, very happy with this driver so far.
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