Thursday, August 16th 2012

AMD Catalyst 12.8 WHQL Software Suite Released

AMD released the first WHQL-signed Catalyst drivers since June. Catalyst 12.8 WHQL is the first unified Catalyst driver certified for Windows 8, its release follows the RTM version of the operating system being available to enterprise and industry customers, ahead of the October 26 consumer retail launch. The driver introduces target-independent rasterization (TIR), an efficient new Direct3D rendering path. The driver also works to improve GPU power consumption. A suite of Windows 8-exclusive features, including native stereo 3D support and unified video API are included. Catalyst 12.8 WHQL also introduces performance-improvements specific to games, including up to 25% performance increase in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, 10% in Dirt 3, 6% in Batman: Arkham City, and 3% in Battlefield 3. Several game-specific bugs were patched.

DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 12.8 WHQL for Windows Vista, 7 and 8 (64-bit), Windows Vista, 7 and 8 (32-bit), Windows XP (32-bit), Windows XP (64-bit)

The change-log follows.

Features:
  • AMD’s first official unified and logo certified driver for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista
  • Target-Independent Rasterization (TIR): TIR is a new rendering path that enables superior anti-aliasing in Direct3D driver applications
  • Native Stereo 3D Support: Windows 8 natively supports stereoscopic 3D gaming and videos via compatible applications
  • Unified Video API: Video playback has been integrated into the DirectX 11 API, enabling simultaneous video and gaming content. Transcoding performance may also be improved for supporting applications.
  • Optimized screen rotation for rotation aware devices
  • Improved sleep/resume performance
  • Optimized GPU power consumption
  • Major technologies / features also supported under Windows 8:
  • o AMD Eyefinity technology
    o OpenCL
    o OpenGL
    o Unified Video Decoder (UVD)
    o AMD Dual Graphics
    o AMD CrossFire technology
    o AMD Overdrive
    o AMD Catalyst Control Center
    o Vision Engine Control Center
Performance highlights
  • 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
New and updated CAPs
  • The Secret World (DX11): Resolves corruption seen in HUD/options when running in CrossFire mode on the AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series
  • TorchLight 2 – Improves single GPU performance, and disables CrossFire due to incompatible support when running in a Multi-GPU configuration
  • Spec Ops: The Line: Improves CrossFire performance
  • Hawken: Improves CrossFire performance
Resolved issue highlights
  • Over/underscan settings are correctly restored on system reboot
  • Audio is no longer disabled if the connected HDTV Is switched off/on
  • Shogun 2 : Flickering text is no longer experienced
  • Star Wars – The Old Republic : In game cinematic no longer experience flicker when using the arrow keys
  • Dirt Showdown: 8-Ball track No longer hangs with Crossfire enabled
  • Max Payne 3 : A black screen is no longer observed when launching game in DirectX 11 mode with Crossfire enabled
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103 Comments on AMD Catalyst 12.8 WHQL Software Suite Released

#1
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: Mussels
CCleaner and driver cleaner apps always break things. they're a last resort before a format, and not something to be used regularly.
I find just doing a back up is all it takes b4 a CC run.

Ya gotta be selective on what ya check off in the CCleaner options . :toast:

Pay 9-1 odd's, Driver sweeper is the problem

Aussi man, CCleaner is a big deal over in the united states lmao...

But to tell ya something.... I've used CC Crap Cleaner for 5 yrs and it never, ever, let me down!
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#2
Divide Overflow
I'm seeing some graphical corruption in Civilization V on my 5870 with 12.8. DX11 unmodded game. Everything else looks good so far, but Civ is one of those games you keep going back to every now and then.
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#3
chevy350
by: fullinfusion
Yup FF blows for some time but I was always stubborn as I hate learning new browsers.

Chrome is bloody hell fast! Just one thing while we're on the browser topic,
Does one need to configure Chrome like Fire Fox when using an SSD?
Not to jump way off topic but if you still like the way FF looks and feels you could try the 64-bit Waterfox......been using it for a month or so now.

Installed these the other day but haven't had a chance to check games or benchmarks yet, but nothing weird so far :roll: just installed over 12.6's
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#4
Jurassic1024
lol@it's okay for a driver to break stuff.
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#5
Jurassic1024
by: mussels
ccleaner and driver cleaner apps always break things. They're a last resort before a format, and not something to be used regularly.
lmao!
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#6
dir_d
only problem i have is no more xfire in diablo 3 but its no biggie i dont need it.
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#7
Mussels
Moderprator
by: dir_d
only problem i have is no more xfire in diablo 3 but its no biggie i dont need it.
really? they broke that of all things?


at least the games CPU limited, not GPU
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#8
Prima.Vera
But who is still playing that crap D3 anyways??? This is (was) the worst game in history...
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#9
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Prima.Vera
But who is still playing that crap D3 anyways??? This is (was) the worst game in history...
lame troll is lame.


everyone knows big rigs racing was the worst.
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#10
Prima.Vera
Probably was...But never heard of it.
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#11
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Prima.Vera
Probably was...But never heard of it.
youtube it. under no circumstance should you EVER try and play it.
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#12
Prima.Vera
by: Mussels
youtube it. under no circumstance should you EVER try and play it.
To late. Already on it... ;) :D
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#13
turbobeta
by: Arciks
Just installed clean copy with deleting old drivers with sweeper,but if gave out error that there was some problems with installation,and catalyst wont run :(
I am having the same issue. Catalyst Control Center won't open after installing 12.8

Uninstalled, reinstalled, ran driver sweeper, redownloaded it, reinstalled, no dice. CCC won't open.
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#14
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
by: turbobeta
I am having the same issue. Catalyst Control Center won't open after installing 12.8

Uninstalled, reinstalled, ran driver sweeper, redownloaded it, reinstalled, no dice. CCC won't open.
Try updating your dot net framework. 4.5 was released recently.
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#15
t_ski
Former Staff
Is .NET 4.5 a requirement? Most of the .NET frameworks are not upgrades or updates, but separate packages.
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#16
Mussels
Moderprator
updated to 12.8 here, and no trouble at all with 'AMD vision center' (aka CCC) opening.
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#17
wickerman
I've had weird issues with 12.8, primarily causing Firefox to go nuts. Basically if I run 12.8 and I load up Firefox, after about 5 minutes on any image heavy site (reading a review for example) and Firefox turns black and everything corrupts. Have to close firefox then load it back up. It also seemed to have completely killed flash as well, I can no longer run flash 11 at all. Just crashes the plugin every time. Had to install an older version (10.x) for now, might try to get the latest working with 12.7 betas again.

Also seems to cause trouble playing Sleeping Dogs, sometimes it crashes on boot, or refuses to run full screen at all. Otherwise no problems on my 7950 crossfire, but these are bad enough to force me back into 12.7 betas.

I never really did like the ATI drivers, a part of me wants to toss these 7950s in the sale section and go for a pair of 670s in sli.
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#18
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Prima.Vera
But who is still playing that crap D3 anyways??? This is (was) the worst game in history...
LOL!!!! that might be the funniest thing ive read all week. I played it for an hour, didn't like it, but no way in hell does that mean its the worst game in history.
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#19
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
by: t_ski
Is .NET 4.5 a requirement? Most of the .NET frameworks are not upgrades or updates, but separate packages.
I believe 2.0 is a requirement for CCC.
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#20
t_ski
Former Staff
That I knew from previous installations, but .NET 4.5 would not have anything to do with .NET 2.0.
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#22
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
by: t_ski
That I knew from previous installations, but .NET 4.5 would not have anything to do with .NET 2.0.
Unless AMD have updated (CCC) to a newer version. I only mentioned it because 4.5 had been released a day or two before, oh and that updating/reinstalling the framework may help.
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#23
Jaffakeik
reinstalled my 12.8 now they work like they should,but still there was error on log on installation,but atleast now I can open Catalyst panel :) and some strange vertical line on rights side on monitor dissapiered :)
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#24
dir_d
Went back to 12.7 beta, for some reason firefox 14 just kept crashing over and over with 12.8
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#25
nt300
by: the54thvoid
I just over install new drivers (don't bother with uninstalling old ones). Don't have any problems.

3DMark11 ran fine and so has BF3 and DayZ still runs.

No issues here.
Really? No issues at all. Then I should be trying this too, it takes alot of time to uninstall then install, then uninstall over and over again :)
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