Thursday, January 17th 2013

AMD Catalyst 13.1 WHQL Drivers Released

AMD posted its first major release of the Catalyst software suite for this year, Catalyst 13.1 WHQL. Much along the lines of its 12.11 "Never Settle" driver, the new 13.1 WHQL brings performance enhancements for a boatload of games, targeting Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs based on the Graphics CoreNext (GCN) architecture. We know that AMD is yet to unlock the full potential of GCN, and 13.1 WHQL appears to be a step in that direction. In addition to performance enhancements and fixes, AMD introduced a new 3D settings and profile management user interface within Catalyst Control Center (CCC).

DOWNLOAD: AMD Catalyst 13.1 WHQL for Windows 8/7/Vista 64-bit, Windows 8/7/Vista 32-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows XP 64-bit

A slice of the change-log follows.

Performance Highlights of AMD Catalyst 13.1 (vs. AMD Catalyst 12.10): Includes all of the performance improvements found in AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 11
Performance gains seen on the entire AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series, with all game being tested at high / extreme / ultra levels:
  • Enhanced performance in Far Cry 3 (up to 25% with 8xMSAA, SSAO enabled @ 1600p, and up to 15% with 8xMSAA, HDAO enabled @1600p) (AMD Catalyst 12.11 CAP2 must also be installed)
  • Enhanced AMD CrossFire scaling performance in Call of Duty Black Ops 2
  • Up to 10%-15% more performance in Battlefield 3 in most cases
  • More than 20% in certain missions and sequences (Comrades)
  • Up to 7% more performance in Metro 2033
  • Up to 10% more performance in DiRT Showdown
  • Up to 8% more performance in Sleeping Dogs
  • Up to 12% more performance in Civilization V
  • Up to 10% more performance in StarCraft II
  • Up to 8% more performance in Sniper Elite: V2
  • Up to 5% more performance in Max Payne 3
AMD Catalyst Mobility 7970M performance for AMD Enduro technology supported platforms has been improved for DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications:
  • 3DMark 06 – Up to 6%
  • 3DMark Vantage – Up to 15%
  • 3DMark 11 – Up to 12%
  • AvP – Up to 11%
  • Battlefield 3 – Up to 25%
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Up to 13%
  • Crysis 2: Up to 45%
  • DiRT Showdown – Up to 62%
  • ETQW – Up to 8%
  • Hard Reset – Up to 8%
  • Just Cause 2 – Up to 90%
  • Mafia 2 – Up to 40%
  • The Chronicles of Riddick – Up to 4%
  • Shogun 2 – Up to 56%
  • StarCraft 2 – Up to 25%
  • Skyrim – Up to 45%
  • Sniper Elite V2 – Up to 60%
  • Tom Clancy's HAWX – Up to 56%
  • Unigine Heaven – Up to 33%
  • Wolfenstein – Up to 9%
Resolved Issues for the Windows 8 / Windows 7 Operating Systems:
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 13.1 software suite.
  • A sporadic system hang encountered with a single AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPU seen on X58 and X79 chipsets.
  • An intermittent hang encountered with AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs in an AMD CrossFire + Eyefinity setup.
  • Missing fonts in XBMC
  • No video found in Media Player Classic Home Cinema when using full or half floating point processing
  • Skyrim lighting (missing a lighting pass) for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
  • Skyrim cloud corruption experience in various in game locations
  • A hang playing Dishonored on the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • Engine and memory clocks running too high when the GPU is idle.
  • GPU activity runs at lower values than expected seen on the AMD Radeon HD 7870.
  • Corruption seen in Darkness 2 and Carrier Command when using AMD CrossFire configurations
  • Adobe Premier Pro CS6 may fail to launch
  • Hang experienced with AMD Crossfire and Eyefinity enabled on X58 and X78 chipsets
  • Corel PaintShop Pro X3 – Hangs at the "Initializing Command Manager" window
  • Company of Heroes 2 – display corruption experienced when AA is enabled in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Cyberlink Powerdirector 10 crashes intermittently.
  • Company of Heroes : Tales of Valor – Flickering experienced when AA is disabled
  • Max Payne 3 – Flickering experienced in DirectX 9 mode with forced AA enabled
  • Cyberlink PoweDVD 10 – crashes intermittently
  • VLC - Green texture corruption seen in 720p MPEG2 video clips
  • Black screen encountered when "Alternate DVI mode" is enabled in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Green display corruption seen in Skype webcam video
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82 Comments on AMD Catalyst 13.1 WHQL Drivers Released

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
If there are no more optimisations for the 6xxx series, I think i will stick to 12.11 i currently have installed.

Its the last update where ARMA II doesnt artifact and glitch the fuck out when in crossfire - Orcs Must Die 2 doesnt like crossfire though and it crashes the game. had to set up an individual profile for the game to disable crossfire before launching.
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#2
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
by: Prima.Vera
This is callousness! No more improvements for 5xxx generation???
Maybe there is no more performance to tap in the old architecture. And, hey, I realize we all don't live where there is hardware available up the wazoo nor have money falling out of our pockets but it's not like you have to spend $400+ to have a decent GPU that isn't getting outdated.
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#3
Steevo
People with old cards will still update even though there is no reason too, then will still complain when the new drivers cause issues with their older hardware. 5XXX series are two generations old, and have reached the peak of their performance ability, unless there is a specific game issue you are having don't update drivers.
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#4
Jstn7477
Apparently uninstalling the 12.11 Beta11 drivers on my Win8 disk decided to make Windows perma-BSOD, perform automatic disk repair and screw over my separate Win7 disk's file system (BOOTMGR is missing) as well as Win8 not getting to the login screen even with the 7950 removed. FML.

Good news is that I have a system image of the Win7 disk that I took a day before. Bad news is I didn't have a Win7 recovery disk burnt so I have to burn one now at work and try to recover my computer now...
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#5
Prima.Vera
by: Wrigleyvillain
Maybe there is no more performance to tap in the old architecture. And, hey, I realize we all don't live where there is hardware available up the wazoo nor have money falling out of our pockets but it's not like you have to spend $400+ to have a decent GPU that isn't getting outdated.
I have a 5870 crossed with a 5850. You tell me if is worth investing into a new card ;)
Especially when I can play ALL existing games with only 1 card with no major issues. (50% of games don't work on this CF anyways...)
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#6
X800
Theese drivers dont eork on my rig.I cant get the catalystcontrolcenter to load at all back to the betas that worked.
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#9
Vlada011
Finally after 3 months... I always wait on WHQL.
I have 5870 too, card can play almost all games, but about 10 games I keep for new graphic, best games I didn't try at all, like BF3, Far Cry 3, Borderland 2, Medal of Honor last,....
Because of that card work with 100% and fan is absolutely crazy I can't hear my self... Next is H220 is 680 Classified HC no more pain for me. I decide to sell H100 when H220 show up and I have loop for 140$ + 4x NEW Gentle Typhoon AP-45 2150 RPM from frozencpu....
I don't see improvement in scores.
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#10
TheGuruStud
by: Jstn7477
Apparently uninstalling the 12.11 Beta11 drivers on my Win8 disk decided to make Windows perma-BSOD, perform automatic disk repair and screw over my separate Win7 disk's file system (BOOTMGR is missing) as well as Win8 not getting to the login screen even with the 7950 removed. FML.

Good news is that I have a system image of the Win7 disk that I took a day before. Bad news is I didn't have a Win7 recovery disk burnt so I have to burn one now at work and try to recover my computer now...
I assume you have a win7 install dvd? It works just the same. BTW, you can just use bootsect.exe on the dvd to rebuild the boot sector and loader (since the built in auto repair is junk).

Welcome to windows 8. You have now experienced the lies of the win8 lovers. :nutkick:
I couldn't even use it when testing. Immediately upon installing vid driver the screen would just blink off/on with AMD and Nvidia cards. Safe mode didn't work - at all. What a pile of shit!


Speaking of the driver itself, I can't download it without it being corrupted. edit: DE server worked, but not the others...
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#12
Chevalr1c
I am having a HD 6670 DDR3, for which these drivers do not bring any improvements, right?
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#13
X800
The driver on guru3d is the betas 13.2 with framerate fix.
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#14
Mussels
Moderprator
the most exciting thing for me is that company of heroes 2 is in the list :P


GIMME DAT GAME
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#15
Super XP
It don't have to be on the list to see some sort of improvement. The same for older cards, theoretically if you want max performance, upgrade regardless how old your card is.

I'm running 12.11, should I upgrade to this 13.1? Running my trusty HD 6970 :D
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#16
Roph
Still no VCE support for 7xxx cards?

Kinda sad that I'm still here with a hardware general H.264 encoder in my 7770 that I can't use :|
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#17
PopcornMachine
by: TheGuruStud
You're not the only one. If you set the clocks/V back to default, then it stops. This actually started in the 12.10s.
But I have a 7950 and 990 chipset :wtf: Flashing the bios won't fix it, either.
by: Richard Shepherdson
This sounds like the problem I've been having, try to OC at all with TRIXX or Afterburner and screen flashes when ever I open windows close windows etc. seems like the mem is repeatedly changing clocks rather than a fixed value.

HD 6850 toxic by the way.
Thanks for the info guys. Was thinking it might be my card, so it's interesting to hear other having the same issue.

Mine is a HD 6950. Tried a complete wipe of Catalyst and then install again, but same result.

Going to keep it for a bit and fiddle with afterburner. Perhaps a different overclock will work.
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#18
n0tiert
hi,

i tried these on my old rig with a 4870x2 , System crashed at VGA Init.....
used DriverSweeper by Guru3D.com Link
to get finally rid of all driver binarys since uninstall & co didn´t helped and still left System in unusable state.

rolled back to 12.6 since all newer are related to HD5000+ models
:toast:
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#19
axis007
My 3dmark 11 score is slightly better with 13.1 & haven't tried heaven 3.0 yet. also the infamous frame stuttering seems to be gone in 3dmark11 and in farcry3 and BF3, SC2 on my rig... Anyone else confirm with 6900 series. Or am i just under a placebo effect from new drivers.
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#20
SetsunaFZero
by: btarunr
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  • Skyrim lighting (missing a lighting pass) for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
  • this bug isn't fixed come on AMD :shadedshuHD7950
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    #21
    Jack1n
    by: n0tiert
    hi,

    i tried these on my old rig with a 4870x2 , System crashed at VGA Init.....
    used DriverSweeper by Guru3D.com Link
    to get finally rid of all driver binarys since uninstall & co didn´t helped and still left System in unusable state.

    rolled back to 12.6 since all newer are related to HD5000+ models
    :toast:
    Driver support for 4xxx is discontinued after 12.6 so dont use any other driver.
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    #22
    erocker
    by: SetsunaFZero
    this bug isn't fixed come on AMD :shadedshu
    HD7950
    Working fine here.

    Only complaint I had about the 12.11 beta's was very occasional 2d flickering. 13.1's seemed to have fixed that as well.
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    #23
    cadaveca
    My name is Dave
    by: erocker
    Working fine here.

    Only complaint I had about the 12.11 beta's was very occasional 2d flickering. 13.1's seemed to have fixed that as well.
    +1.

    My semi-stable card crashes faster with these drivers, and my good card works great. Maybe now they'll actually fix the card, this is the second RMA in two months on the same card.
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    #24
    Prima.Vera
    Forget the drivers. Are the new CAP Profiles still good for older generations, for CF I mean?
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    #25
    erocker
    by: Prima.Vera
    Forget the drivers. Are the new CAP Profiles still good for older generations, for CF I mean?
    Use the latest CAP with these drivers.
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