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
cadaveca
My name is Dave
This is so much better than a BSOD that fucks up motherboard BIOSes:



Thank you, AMD.

Seriously. You have no idea how bad previous version were unless you've had some specific hardware/software combos. WHQL certification only really means that driver crash will not cause BSOD, and for once, this is true. I can no longer replicate the problem, 4 fucked up boards later. THANK GOD.:roll:
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#2
suraswami
by: 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.
From which version did you upgrade from?

Should I upgrade too? Running a 6870.
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#3
PopcornMachine
Well, back at 12.8 again. Can't touch overclocking at all with new driver. :shadedshu

This is the kind of thing that could make me switch to nvidia. :eek:
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#4
TRWOV
Anybody else having issues with the HDMI audio install? Using a 6950.
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#5
Jack1n
Ive been running it with my 7950,no issues so far.
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#6
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
I had issues last night with the HDMI audio when trying to un-install this driver. I used the AMD Catalyst Uninstall Utility:
http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=178948
Then tried to install the 12.10 drivers and I kept getting an error message about the HDMI audio drivers. Used Driver Sweeper and same thing. I think (can't remember as it was getting real late and a few too many drinks) that I went into the Device Manager and disabled from there. Finally was able then to re-install the 12.10 drivers.

The reason I switched back is because my system would re-start frequently while running BOINC (all 3 GPU's). I did not have this issue with 12.10 at the same settings. Yes the GPU's were overclocked to 1100 on the core.

There was no BSOD, the computer just shut down and re-booted.

Since I re-installed 12.10 the computer has not shut down once and this is with the same overclock:cool:
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#8
GamerGuy
by: james888
Afaik, these are 12.11 drivers with whql. I just installed and am running 3d11 to see if it shows a boost.
Edit. Went from 10998 to 11087. The previous score was with 12.11
Not exactly, from what I have gleaned from some forums, there may be some additional tweaks over 12.11 Beta11. Some have reported improved fluidity over the Beta driver in games. Unlike 13.2Beta driver, 13.1 WHQL driver requires 12.11 CAP2 to be installed for CF users, although some have suggest that single GPU users install it as well.
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#9
james888
by: GamerGuy
Not exactly, from what I have gleaned from some forums, there may be some additional tweaks over 12.11 Beta11. Some have reported improved fluidity over the Beta driver in games. Unlike 13.2Beta driver, 13.1 WHQL driver requires 12.11 CAP2 to be installed for CF users, although some have suggest that single GPU users install it as well.
I know it is different now from experience. Suprisingly I got 1000 point gain in 3dmark11 from 12.11 beta 8 to 13.1.
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#10
Kaynar
by: PopcornMachine
Well, back at 12.8 again. Can't touch overclocking at all with new driver. :shadedshu

This is the kind of thing that could make me switch to nvidia. :eek:
Have you tried to install the driver ONLY, without installing CCC and CAP profiles? (Also you may need HDMI/DP driver if you use one of these)

I am running my 7970 without the CCC and it is so much better without... no crashes no bugs no misconfigured games... I really dont know why ppl with 1 GPU actually use CCC...
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#11
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Kaynar
Have you tried to install the driver ONLY, without installing CCC and CAP profiles? (Also you may need HDMI/DP driver if you use one of these)

I am running my 7970 without the CCC and it is so much better without... no crashes no bugs no misconfigured games... I really dont know why ppl with 1 GPU actually use CCC...
usually it solves those problems, not causes it.

i guess its worth a try for troubleshooting. (not for me tho, crossfire)
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#12
Kaynar
PFFFF I tried to benchmark with 13.1 and 3dMark11 gets stuck (AMD driver stops responding) when the card is clocked to anything above 1050/1450... thats like 75mhz lower than with 12.11
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#13
tehehe
Jump map in Faster Than Light is missing in 13.1. Was working in earlier driver,
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#14
Techtu
by: Jack1n
Ive been running it with my 7950,no issues so far.
I'm unable to install on my 7950. :ohwell:
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#15
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
by: Techtu
I'm unable to install on my 7950. :ohwell:
More details? I haven't tried yet.
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#16
Techtu
by: Wrigleyvillain
More details? I haven't tried yet.
Well I get this error message

"Driver Install: the driver package does not specify a hardware identifier".

I really couldn't tell you much more :(
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#17
PopcornMachine
by: Kaynar
Have you tried to install the driver ONLY, without installing CCC and CAP profiles? (Also you may need HDMI/DP driver if you use one of these)

I am running my 7970 without the CCC and it is so much better without... no crashes no bugs no misconfigured games... I really dont know why ppl with 1 GPU actually use CCC...
Interesting. I had thought about trying that.

But then I how do you control the 3D settings?

I guess then you are limited to whatever settings the game has?
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#18
ZakkWylde
Running 13.1 on my 7950, no problems at all thus far.
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#19
Techtu
by: ZakkWylde
Running 13.1 on my 7950, no problems at all thus far.
How did you go about installing? I'd like a step by step guide as I'm still have trouble. :ohwell:
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#20
ZakkWylde
Nothing special at all, just uninstalled the old driver through windows (programs and features). Reboot, install 13.1. Reboot once more. Benchmark
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#21
Techtu
by: ZakkWylde
Nothing special at all, just uninstalled the old driver through windows (programs and features). Reboot, install 13.1. Reboot once more. Benchmark
Hmm, :banghead:


This will not get the better of me.
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#22
TheButcherNL
Tried both 13.1 and 13.2 beta on my HD6950, but went back to 12.11 beta 11, they gave me better performance in Fifa 12 and BF3.
Sometimes was stuttering a bit, but not with the 12.11's.

cyaburg
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#23
Widjaja
Well someting has changed with Saints Row 3.
The 12.11 Beta 11 had a very slight stutter to it which appeared to be from rendering up coming objects and textures.

Seems to be none of that with these drivers so there may have been some other things they worked on rather than releasing the 12.11 Beta 11 as WHQL.
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#24
Techtu
I still can't get the driver to recognise my card, what the hell is wrong :banghead:
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#25
Prima.Vera
by: Techtu
I still can't get the driver to recognise my card, what the hell is wrong :banghead:
This is what happened to me after using crappy Drive Sweeper or similar. Had to re-install Windows...
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