Wednesday, February 29th 2012

AMD Posts Special Catalyst Driver for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

AMD posted a new Catalyst driver (8.93.7 RC10) specifically for Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The driver is WDDM 1.2 compliant, and supports all launched AMD Radeon GPUs from HD 5000 thru HD 7000 series (except HD 7900 and HD 7700); AMD A-Series, C-Series, and E-Series APUs; FirePro, and FirePro 3D series products. Highlights include:
  • Native Stereo 3D support: Windows 8 will natively support Stereo 3D for full-screen and windowed gaming, and video applications
  • Unified Video API – Video playback is now integrated within the DirectX 11 API; enabling simultaneous high quality Video and 3D content, and the potential for enhanced video transcoding performance
  • Optimized screen rotation
  • Improved sleep / resume performance
  • Optimized Power Consumption
DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 8.93.7 RC10 for Windows 8 Consumer Preview
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18 Comments on AMD Posts Special Catalyst Driver for Windows 8 Consumer Preview

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Catalyst 12.2 WHQL (for everyone else, Windows 7 users,) later today. Hopefully.
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#2
erocker
Please note: A future AMD Catalyst Windows 8 driver release will add support for the AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series in the coming weeks.
Darn.
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#3
Delta6326
Darn no 4800 support for W8.
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#4
JKnows
by: btarunr
Catalyst 12.2 WHQL (for everyone else, Windows 7 users,) later today. Hopefully.
I hope because I need these new drivers like cats its tail. On C drive fresh XP, On D fresh 8 with fresh drivers. Curios which system will be faster on AMD Fusion...
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#5
badtaylorx
i wonder when some benchmark programs will be available .... i have a sabertooth 990fx,,,an hd6970,,,and a bulldozer chip that are wondering if the whole "when win-8 comes out" thing holds any merit...
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#6
AlienIsGOD
by: Delta6326
Darn no 4800 support for W8.
its prolly HD 5K and up as they want to push DX 11 and 11.1.
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#7
xenocide
Excludes 7900 and 7700 series... lol...
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#8
NorthEndJon
Crap, looks like my 4850 is going to get Legacy status soon.
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#9
ASharp
I like how it says it includes cards from HD 5000 through 7000 then promptly says that it doesn't include the 7000 series. Way to contradict yourselves, AMD.
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#10
General Lee
Thank you AMD for supporting 7xxx cards. :nutkick:
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#11
AlienIsGOD
I think its pre-support for the rebrands (HD7600 and below).
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#12
Mathragh
This driver causes my laptop(with mobility 5650) to hang with a black screen after installing these drivers.
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#13
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
by: btarunr
...and supports all launched AMD Radeon GPUs from HD 5000 thru HD 7000 series (except HD 7900 and HD 7700)...
hang on just one second... arent th only launched 7000 series GPU's 7900 and 7700 series? is it just me, maybe it's a side effect of posting drunk...
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#14
Super XP
Just wondering, should I try these out? Has anybody installed Win 8 x64 yet :confused:
by: wolf
hang on just one second... arent th only launched 7000 series GPU's 7900 and 7700 series? is it just me, maybe it's a side effect of posting drunk...
I believe you are right :laugh: What is AMD talking about :D
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#15
ThE_MaD_ShOt
by: Delta6326
Darn no 4800 support for W8.
Maybe we get Drivers for 4xxx down with the os.
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#16
Mathragh
by: wolf
hang on just one second... arent th only launched 7000 series GPU's 7900 and 7700 series? is it just me, maybe it's a side effect of posting drunk...
Nope, there are some mobility 7000 series launched for OEM's aswell.

Those are just rebranded 6400-6700's however, so they're actually not supporting real 7000 series cards(with the new architechture and stuff).

They did that support for 79xx and 77xx comes later this week.
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#17
Gzero
Learn to read? It doesn't say anywhere on AMD's page that the HD7000 is supported. So no there is no contradiction...
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#18
daniel2000
What about the motherboard drivers?........None!..... than how can i really test windows 8?
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