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
erocker
This has been an outstanding driver for myself so far. With Catalyst 12.6/12.7, they worked fine but my overclock became limited and I would get an occasional flicker on my web browser. All of that is fixed now and with a nice performance boost in some applications to boot.

*Luckily, I'm not a FireFox user. :)
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#2
Mussels
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by: erocker
This has been an outstanding driver for myself so far. With Catalyst 12.6/12.7, they worked fine but my overclock became limited and I would get an occasional flicker on my web browser. All of that is fixed now and with a nice performance boost in some applications to boot.

*Luckily, I'm not a FireFox user. :)
i'm a firefox user, and having no troubles.
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#3
eidairaman1
Bros machine runs these drivers, installed ontop of 12.6s without any issues, Noticed however When Firefox Opens or Youtube runs, I notice a clock spike in Graphics Overdrive up to the factory 3D Clock speed of the 6770 no noticeable issues as of flicker or anything, Im thinkin the program would need a 2D Clock profile.

Im Thinkin a Graphics card needs to have a priority capability, meaning the GC will always be in 3D Clocks when a Game is launched and remains that way even when other programs are open or you switch windows to prevent performance dips.
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#4
Prima.Vera
Crossfire for 5870/5850 seems completely screwed up....Half of games don't work in Xfire anymore....
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#5
eidairaman1
by: Prima.Vera
Crossfire for 5870/5850 seems completely screwed up....Half of games don't work in Xfire anymore....
did you happen to create a system restore point?

Also send a report to AMD with the games that dont work. Sounds like a profile issue
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#6
Prima.Vera
I installed the latest profiles....
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#7
eidairaman1
by: Prima.Vera
I installed the latest profiles....
id create your own as those profiles are 1 fits all solution but that isnt always the case

If anything did you create a system restore point before installing those drivers?
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#8
m1dg3t
Werent the 5xxx series dropped from the list starting with this release?
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#10
eidairaman1
by: m1dg3t
Werent the 5xxx series dropped from the list starting with this release?
Last I recalled AMD was to drop the 4 series and lower after they moved to the every other month driver updates (THought this was supposed to be every 3 months)
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#11
eidairaman1
by: Prima.Vera
Noup
only thing I can suggest to you now is to completely remove the drivers and put in 12.6 or 12.4s

there is a guide on how to do it.
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
by: eidairaman1
Bros machine runs these drivers, installed ontop of 12.6s without any issues, Noticed however When Firefox Opens or Youtube runs, I notice a clock spike in Graphics Overdrive up to the factory 3D Clock speed of the 6770 no noticeable issues as of flicker or anything, Im thinkin the program would need a 2D Clock profile.

Im Thinkin a Graphics card needs to have a priority capability, meaning the GC will always be in 3D Clocks when a Game is launched and remains that way even when other programs are open or you switch windows to prevent performance dips.
flash is hardware accelerated, so it clocks up.
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#13
Prima.Vera
I just found out now, that with those drivers , the second GPU is always at max freq, and the fan is noisy as hell. What a hell???
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#14
eidairaman1
is that at all times or when a program is open?
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#16
INSTG8R
Well I did think this was a pretty good driver but it's bit me on the arse. The OpenGL driver is wonky again. I finally got RAGE working again and decided to start a new game and it runs great maxed out.

BUT it borks my TrackIR AGAIN(Was an issue with the 12.3 thru 12.5) TrackIR uses OGL for the GUI. It won't even start...I guess I wait for the next set and hope it comes back again
1 step forward 2 steps back...:banghead:
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#18
INSTG8R
by: eidairaman1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeTrack
All well and good eirdairman1 but I HAVE TrackIR the real deal. So using another program for it seems a little silly. Not to mention Free Track hasn't been updated in a couple years now. At least when TrackIR IS working properly it has updated game profiles and just "comes on" when a supported game is fired up.

The 12.7 previews worked fine if I recall. So not sure how they could break again with the WHQL drivers. I'm not sure whether to roll back and say have worse performance in Sleeping Dogs for example or have working TrackIR which I use when I play the Hunter or the odd time I fly IL-2 CLoD or War Thunder...:shadedshu
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#19
eidairaman1
by: INSTG8R
All well and good eirdairman1 but I HAVE TrackIR the real deal. So using another program for it seems a little silly. Not to mention Free Track hasn't been updated in a couple years now. At least when TrackIR IS working properly it has updated game profiles and just "comes on" when a supported game is fired up.

The 12.7 previews worked fine if I recall. So not sure how they could break again with the WHQL drivers. I'm not sure whether to roll back and say have worse performance in Sleeping Dogs for example or have working TrackIR which I use when I play the Hunter or the odd time I fly IL-2 CLoD or War Thunder...:shadedshu
i was mentioning it as a possible solution
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#20
INSTG8R
by: eidairaman1
i was mentioning it as a possible solution
Yeah I appreciate the effort. Free Track hasn't been updated since 2008.
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#21
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Prima.Vera
I just found out now, that with those drivers , the second GPU is always at max freq, and the fan is noisy as hell. What a hell???
thats not happening to me. my second card is behaving as expected.
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#22
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
installed over 12.6s seems legit
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#23
eidairaman1
by: Solaris17
installed over 12.6s seems legit
legit as in what, good or bad, be specific.
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#24
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
by: eidairaman1
legit as in what, good or bad, be specific.
i thought everyone knew it ment it seemed ok? I installed them over 12.6s on a laptop with an ATI HD 4200 and everything is fine.
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#25
INSTG8R
by: Solaris17
i thought everyone knew it ment it seemed ok? I installed them over 12.6s on a laptop with an ATI HD 4200 and everything is fine.
Are you sure it actually updated? 4200 is "Legacy" now so the 12.8's wouldn't have inf's for it :confused:
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