Friday, June 29th 2012

AMD Releases Catalyst 12.6 WHQL and 12.7 Beta

Finally, AMD released a new WHQL-signed Catalyst driver. Catalyst 12.6 WHQL, along with Catalyst 12.7 beta, were released on Thursday. Catalyst 12.6 WHQL ships with a wide range of stability optimizations, while 12.7 beta ships with the same, plus performance optimizations for a wide range of games.

With Catalyst 12.6 WHQL, AMD fixed several outstanding bugs such as GPUs with ZeroCore hanging when the system goes to S2/S3 sleep, certain CrossFire setups hanging after cutscenes in Call of Duty: Black Ops, display corruption in Heroes and Generals in DirectX 11 mode, CrossFire + Eyefinity with Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs resulting in BSOD errors, etc. Catalyst 12.7 beta includes all these, plus performance improvements for games, except that it lacks WHQL certification. Optimizations include up to 25% in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, 15% in Total War: Shogun, 10% in DiRT 3, 6% in Batman: Arkham City, and 3% in Battlefield 3.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 12.6 WHQL for Windows 7/Vista 64-bit | Windows 7/Vista 32-bit | Windows XP 32-bit | Windows XP 64-bit

A list of changes follows:

Resolved Issues:
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Tri-CrossFire configurations + Eyefinity no longer results in a BSOD when launching a DirectX application
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Eyefinity/Multiple Display configurations no longer results in a BSOD when using desktop applications
  • AMD Catalyst 12.6 includes some additional fixes(not found in the AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta) for the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 graphics cards for issues related to the GPU hanging when the system goes to sleep. Please ensure that your System BIOS is up to date. Some occurrences of this issue may be related to outdated System BIOS.
  • Resolves CrossFire scaling issues seen in AMD Catalyst 12.4 with Elder Scrolls: Skyrim CrossFire
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center – Overdrive page is no longer intermittently missing
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center – GPU Activity gauge is no longer missing
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900 CrossFire Configuration – no longer results in system hang after cinematic in Call Of Duty: Black Ops
  • Heroes and Generals: Blocky corruption in scenes with smoke effects when run in DirectX 11 mode are no longer experienced.
  • Dirt Showdown: Improves scaling for CrossFire configurations using the AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
  • HDMI audio is no longer disabled if the connected HDTV is powered Off/On.
Performance Highlights of 12.7 BETA:
  • Up to 25% in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
  • Up to 3% in Battlefield 3
  • Up to 6% in Batman: Arkham City
  • Up to 3% in Dues Ex: Human Revolution
  • Up to 6% in Crysis 2
  • Up to 15% in Total War: Shogun
  • Up to 8% in Crysis Warhead
  • Up to 5% in Just Cause 2
  • Up to 10% in Dirt 3
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44 Comments on AMD Releases Catalyst 12.6 WHQL and 12.7 Beta

#1
Voyager
It is only for Radeon HD 5000 series and up, I had to learn the hard way :laugh:
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#2
Disruptor4
Typo:
DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 11.7 WHQL
I guess I'm not going to bother updating my 7970 to these ones from 12.4. Will wait til the next one for performance improvements.
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#3
babash*t
Hmm, nothing for win 8 RP?
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#4
Atom_Anti
You can use these drivers for Windows 8 RP, I did the same with 12.6beta and worked fine. Where to download this 12.7 beta?
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#5
babash*t
by: Atom_Anti
You can use these drivers for Windows 8 RP, I did the same with 12.6beta and worked fine. Where to download this 12.7 beta?
Last tried 12.3 and 12.4 on win8 to and they didn't work..will try these and see
Cheers m8
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#8
Dj-ElectriC
I'm kinda thinking to myself where is AMD going with those updates.
A 12.6 without having a 12.5... that will only create more confusion.
I say, they better drop this version method and stick to 8.98, 8.99 9.01 etc.
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#9
Jurassic1024
by: Dj-ElectriC
I'm kinda thinking to myself where is AMD going with those updates.
A 12.6 without having a 12.5... that will only create more confusion.
I say, they better drop this version method and stick to 8.98, 8.99 9.01 etc.
Not really. All you have to remember is the digit after the decimal will continue to represent the month the driver was released, therefore the higher number still means latest driver.
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#10
Prima.Vera
Still no improvements on Cross for SWTOR ?!?!!?!?!?!?!?
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#11
Mussels
Moderprator
woo, always love updating drivers on my lappy to see what goes wrong!

(A6 'dual graphics' is not... simple)
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#12
Jstn7477
I really hope these 12.6 WHQLs stop my computer from locking up with a black screen overnight.

And Mussels, been there and done that with my HD4250 + HD 5650 PowerXpress setup in my laptop. Got tired of updating them as something else was always wrong. OpenGL was broken on my 5650 for about 5 driver releases (Minecraft froze and crashed countless times, but not on the IGP) and my latest issue is the backlight being stuck on minimum is quite annoying.
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#13
Static~Charge
by: Voyager
It is only for Radeon HD 5000 series and up, I had to learn the hard way :laugh:
Where did you get that information from? I went to AMD's Support & Drivers page, and under "Download Drivers" selected:

Desktop Graphics
Radeon HD Series
Radeon HD 2xxx Series PCIe
Windows 7 - 64 Bit


AMD told me that the latest release was Catalyst Software Suite 12.6. A 2000-series card is a lot older than a 5000-series, yet the latest driver still works with it.
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#14
Jstn7477
by: Static~Charge
Where did you get that information from? I went to AMD's Support & Drivers page, and under "Download Drivers" selected:

Desktop Graphics
Radeon HD Series
Radeon HD 2xxx Series PCIe
Windows 7 - 64 Bit


AMD told me that the latest release was Catalyst Software Suite 12.6. A 2000-series card is a lot older than a 5000-series, yet the latest driver still works with it.
Cat. 12.6 is the last driver to support DX10 cards. Look at the release notes for Cat. 12.7 Beta: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/Catalystbetadriver1.aspx
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#15
theubersmurf
I'm always checking the release notes to see if they've addressed the gpu scaling/win 7 issue. They never do....

@Mussels: lol
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#16
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
by: btarunr
Resolves CrossFire scaling issues seen in AMD Catalyst 12.4 with Elder Scrolls: Skyrim CrossFire
About damn time!
Maybe now I won't have to disable CFX when I want to play Skyrim...

Edit: Never before have I seen a game with negative scaling for Crossfire, Skyrim was the first. The fact that it's taken AMD this long to address the issue is a bit unsettling. I hope this actually fixes the issue and doesn't just "improve" the scaling to be less negative.
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#17
Jurassic1024
by: Voyager
It is only for Radeon HD 5000 series and up, I had to learn the hard way :laugh:
New legacy drivers coming for us in mid July.
Source: CatalystCreator via Twitter
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#20
etayorius
12.7 gives me in Skyrim a black screen and the game becomes unresponsive but the music keeps playing, tried uninstalling and reinstalling 12.7 five times... problem persists each time and every thing goes well after going back to 12.6.
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#21
Zakin
Always find it funny how many other people have issues with these drivers, granted I don't use crossfire but else wise never have graphical bugs like was just posted in Skyrim or anything.
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#22
animal007uk
by: Zakin
Always find it funny how many other people have issues with these drivers, granted I don't use crossfire but else wise never have graphical bugs like was just posted in Skyrim or anything.
Nothing funny about it at all, Everyones pc has a config that is diffrent to the next, You could have 2 pc's with the exact same hardware yet have strange problems with one of them that the other pc does not show.

We all setup our pc's diffrent so some of us will have problems while others don't.
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#23
rpsgc
by: Random Murderer
Did you try 12.6 WHQL?
I was already using 12.6 without issues.
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#24
etayorius
Well i just went back to 12.6 and all is good.
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#25
erocker
by: etayorius
12.7 gives me in Skyrim a black screen and the game becomes unresponsive but the music keeps playing, tried uninstalling and reinstalling 12.7 five times... problem persists each time and every thing goes well after going back to 12.6.
Did you install the 12.7 CAP 1? Worked for me. :)
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