Tuesday, December 13th 2011

AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview Drivers Released, Support HD 7900 Series

AMD today released its latest unofficial drivers, Catalyst 12.1 Preview. Surprisingly, this release comes ahead of the month's scheduled WHQL-signed release, Catalyst 11.12 WHQL. According to sources, 12.1 Preview is the first driver that provides early (read: rough-on-the-edges) support for AMD's next generation Radeon HD 7900 series graphics cards, scheduled for launch on the 9th of January, 2012. That apart, Catalyst 12.1 brings the following changes to the table:
  • AMD HD3D technology support enhancement
  • o Enables support for AMD HD3D technology in conjunction with AMD CrossFireX configurations
    o Delivers a new Stereo 3D mode over HDMI 1.4a connections - 1080p at 30Hz is now enabled on supported displays.
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center enhancements – Application Profiles
  • o AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver enables users to create per application profiles to individually control 3D and CrossFireX settings for Direct3D applications
    o Please be sure to select the “Restore Factory Defaults” option under the Catalyst
  • Control Center Preferences menu before using the new application profiles feature – this ensures there are no compatibility issues between previous drivers and the new AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver with regards to application profiles
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center enhancements – Video UI improvements
  • o AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver includes user interface enhancements to simply adjustment of video color and video quality controls
  • Performance highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver (in addition to the AMD Catalyst 11.11c performance driver)
  • o Improves performance (10%) in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim when Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing is enabled on the AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series for single GPU and AMD CrossFireX configurations
DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview
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80 Comments on AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview Drivers Released, Support HD 7900 Series

#1
Dj-ElectriC
If you are eagerly waiting for HD7900 release like me, you will be punching the wall right now
I seriously donno why, but i wanna punch the wall
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#2
Mussels
Moderprator
custom profiles is a godsend, maybe i can tweak my skyrim settings to work properly at last
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#3
radrok
Let's hope that the performance will be what has been rumoured, would love to see a single card perform like a 6990 damn if I'd love it.

I'm going to test the drivers in Skyrim now, I'm satisfied with 11.11b but let's give it a try :)
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#4
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Custom App profiles are nice.

Would save me having to constantly dick around and manually turn crossfire off when playing ARMA II then on again when i finished.

I get such bad graphical glitching in that game. the game used to run perfect in crossfire back when cat 11.9's were out, They broke the profile but they wont admit to it.
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#5
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: radrok
would love to see a single card perform like a 6990
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#6
buggalugs
These drivers are working great on a single 6970...Dont forget to load factory defaults.
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#7
radrok
by: FreedomEclipse
[spoiler]http://eatwatchrun.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/90ad9322_wtf-are-you-talking-about.jpg[/spoiler]
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According to sources, 12.1 Preview is the first driver that provides early (read: rough-on-the-edges) support for AMD's next generation Radeon HD 7900 series graphics cards, scheduled for launch on the 9th of January, 2012
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by: Dj-ElectriC
If you are eagerly waiting for HD7900 release like me, you will be punching the wall right now
I seriously donno why, but i wanna punch the wall
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#8
Black Panther
Senior Moderator™
by: Mussels
custom profiles is a godsend, maybe i can tweak my skyrim settings to work properly at last
Please do post on whether you found them better for Skyrim :respect:
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#9
radrok
by: Black Panther
Please do post on whether you found them better for Skyrim :respect:
I know this may not be true for 59xx series because they have a different behavior compared to 69xx series but my FPS improved with this driver over 11.11b, I'm seeing the GPUs at 99% more often than before.
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#10
nt300
by: radrok
Let's hope that the performance will be what has been rumoured, would love to see a single card perform like a 6990 damn if I'd love it.

I'm going to test the drivers in Skyrim now, I'm satisfied with 11.11b but let's give it a try :)
No, IMO the HD 7970 needs to be at least 10% faster than HD 6990 and 50%-60% faster than HD 6970 to justify it's $500+ price tag in Euro.
Improves performance (10%) in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim when Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing is enabled on the AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series for single GPU and AMD CrossFireX configurations
This is good news but what about HD 5000 series?
by: radrok
Let's hope that the performance will be what has been rumoured, would love to see a single card perform like a 6990 damn if I'd love it.

I'm going to test the drivers in Skyrim now, I'm satisfied with 11.11b but let's give it a try :)
Do you uninstall your 11.11b first, then restart your PC then install the new drivers?
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#11
radrok
by: nt300
Do you uninstall your 11.11b first, then restart your PC then install the new drivers?
I uninstall the drivers with the CCC manager then I use driversweeper and ultimately I reboot.
After the reboot I proceed to install the new drivers and then I reboot again
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#12
Delta6326
Well I think AMD has ditched us 2x 4850 people:shadedshu oh well I may get a 79** when they come out.
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#13
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: Delta6326
Well I think AMD has ditched us 2x 4850 people:shadedshu oh well I may get a 79** when they come out.
If youve managed to hang on to a 4xxx series until thus far, Id say more then got your money out of it.

Just remember (as point of reference) that 2x4870 = 5850/5870 performance depending on the overclocks - so if youre looking for similar peformance of what you currently have now - a 6870 or GTX550/560/560Ti are recommended. they are great performers for what they cost. definitely a worthy upgrade for 2 4850s with a little more grunt under the hood, better power efficiency and less heat
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#14
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
I want the official driver not a preview ! Come on ! My 5770's are dieing for the new drivers .
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#15
t_ski
Former Staff
Subbed to see if anyone likes these with 6970's
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#16
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
Are these x64 bit drivers or x86?
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#17
radrok
by: brandonwh64
Are these x64 bit drivers or x86?
Judging by the size it's both, like other latest releases
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#18
Gzero
Have I missed something? I've uninstalled my old drivers and CAP's. Installed these.

I see some new options here and there, some good reorganisation of options to make them more clearer.

But I can't see any CAP profiles included. Do I need to install the old CAP's? I'm rather confused.
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#19
pantherx12
by: Gzero
Have I missed something? I've uninstalled my old drivers and CAP's. Installed these.

I see some new options here and there, some good reorganisation of options to make them more clearer.

But I can't see any CAP profiles included. Do I need to install the old CAP's? I'm rather confused.
You probably would have to install them again, but point is you can make your own so don't worry XD
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#20
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
For some reason I can not install any of the " NEW " CAP Profiles , I get an error every time . I guess I do not need them any way haven't any of the games or apps . All my crap is 4 years old or older . I hate to be in the poverty class ! So much for Christmas not going to be one at my house again this year !
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#21
Gzero
by: pantherx12
You probably would have to install them again, but point is you can make your own so don't worry XD
I was hoping for some default profiles so I would at least know what I'm doing, not really in the mood for trial and error. :cry:
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#22
pantherx12
by: Gzero
I was hoping for some default profiles so I would at least know what I'm doing, not really in the mood for trial and error. :cry:
Make it a game, every time you get it wrong, have a drink :laugh:


Installing these now see if my 6870 gets any benefit.
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#23
Gzero
by: pantherx12
Make it a game, every time you get it wrong, have a drink :laugh:


Installing these now see if my 6870 gets any benefit.
That will be a lot of going to the toilet.
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#24
GotNoRice
by: Delta6326
Well I think AMD has ditched us 2x 4850 people:shadedshu oh well I may get a 79** when they come out.
WTF are you talking about? That it says on the driver page that these "apply to" 5000 and 6000 series?

In your rush to come onto the forums and complain about nothing, did you even try the drivers first?

I am using these now on both my main rig with 2x 4870x2 Quad-CF and my secondary rig with 2x 4850 and it works perfect on both computers, including the new app profile feature.
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#25
pantherx12
I can't seem to save profiles, tried creating one for the skyrim 4gb file, will I need to use the regular exe?
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