Thursday, December 4th 2008

ATI Catalyst 8.12 Beta Released, ATI Stream Now Available

It's already December, time for a new ATI Catalyst 8.12 driver. It's still a little bit early for the final driver release though, but a Beta version is already available, and now we know some inside information of what this driver will bring very soon. Here's a little sneak preview, with Catalyst 8.12 ATI will land its Stream support for Radeon video cards. The CAL (Compute Abstraction Layer) is now included in the Catalyst driver package. CAL is the enabling component for ATI Stream. Catalyst 8.12 is also said to bring Stream technology to ATI Avivo Video Converter, for enhanced video transcoding. For good or for bad, only ATI Radeon HD 4800 and Radeon HD 4600 series support this tool. At last, Catalyst 8.12 comes with many game performance improvements (read more below). Here's the link to the Catalyst 8.12 Beta version, the final release is coming soon. We'll inform you when it is available.

ATI Stream support:
With the release of ATI Catalyst 8.12 users can unlock the potential of accelerated applications enabling ATI Stream technology for millions of ATI Radeon graphics processors worldwide
ATI Stream harnesses the tremendous processing power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for high-performance, data-intensive computations over a wide range of scientific, business and consumer applications.
ATI Stream enables the hundreds of parallel cores inside AMD graphics processors to accelerate general purpose applications. These capabilities will allow ATI Stream-enabled programs, for a variety of different tasks and from a growing number of software vendors, to operate with optimized performance or with new functionality.
The CAL (Compute Abstraction Layer) is now include in the Catalyst driver package. CAL is the enabling component for ATI Stream


ATI Stream application: ATI Avivo Video Converter:
Using ATI Stream technology, owners of ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series and ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series of graphics cards can take advantage of this video conversion tool (found in Catalyst Control Center Basic View) to achieve incredible performance levels in video transcoding.
ATI Catalyst Control Center – Noise reduction for progressive video content:

This release of Catalyst introduces a new advanced video quality control: Noise Reduction for progressive video content, which removes ghosting artifacts while preserving details of the original video. The slider control can be found in the All Settings page of the Avivo Video tab found in the Catalyst Control Center.

Performance improvements:
Catalyst 8.12 Preliminary Performance Notes
  • Crysis + 2-7%
  • Crysis Warhead + 2-3%
  • Devil May Cry 4 + 1-6%
  • Far Cry 2
  • + noAA scores are fixed for Crossfire configs; this is worth +20% on slower cards, and as much as 70% on faster ones
    + 5-10% gains when AA is enabled
  • FEAR + 2-6%
  • Left 4 Dead + 2-4%
  • Lost Planet Colonies + 3-10%, mostly in Area 2
  • Prey + 2-5%
  • STALKER Clear Sky + 5-10%, primarily on Crossfire configurations
Source: Guru3D, ATI-Forum.de
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81 Comments on ATI Catalyst 8.12 Beta Released, ATI Stream Now Available

#1
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
np Solaris, i ran into a tiny snag...
Can someone tell me how and what to click on..... the beta driver is zipped and i use WinRAR to unzip... how do i run the install?
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Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
by: fullinfusion
np Solaris, i ran into a tiny snag...
Can someone tell me how and what to click on..... the beta driver is zipped and i use WinRAR to unzip... how do i run the install?
what kind of files do you get?
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#3
HTC
by: fullinfusion
np Solaris, i ran into a tiny snag...
Can someone tell me how and what to click on..... the beta driver is zipped and i use WinRAR to unzip... how do i run the install?
Check if it has "RC2" in the name: if it does, you have the wrong version.

You need one that has "RC3" in the name.
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#4
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: Solaris17
what kind of files do you get?
here look.
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#5
HTC
by: fullinfusion
here look.
http://img.techpowerup.org/081204/a1.jpg
I may be wrong but i believe you have the wrong version. Does it have "rc3" in it's name?

EDIT

The file name should be "vista32-64_8-561rc3-081201a-072643E_CAT-8-12.exe"
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#6
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: HTC
I may be wrong but i believe you have the wrong version. Does it have "rc3" in it's name?
No it says RC2in it.
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#7
HTC
by: fullinfusion
No it says RC2in it.
You made the same mistake i did, when i 1st downloaded.

Check this post and download from there.
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#8
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: HTC
You made the same mistake i did, when i 1st downloaded.

Check this post and download from there.
All ready ahead of ya man... thanks for the help..:toast:
how you liking the beta?
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#9
HTC
by: fullinfusion
All ready ahead of ya man... thanks for the help..:toast:
how you liking the beta?
Since i don't have any of the games listed in the OP, nor do i have 3DMark and Vantage installed ... can't really say: sorry :(

I don't notice any differences in ... Diablo II ...
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#10
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: HTC
Since i don't have any of the games listed in the OP, nor do i have 3DMark and Vantage installed ... can't really say: sorry :(

I don't notice any differences in ... Diablo II ...
No worries... i have mark06 and will see what it does now.... the RC3 worked flawless and it was the best driver by far to load....:toast:
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#11
MarcusTaz
by: toastem2004
I too have been having that problem, however, i only have a single 3870. Perhaps its and issue with the 3000 and 4000 series, as i have recently sold my 3870, and in its place have been running a 2600 Pro, and surprisingly, sleep mode has functioned as it should.

back on topic, hopefully the video conversion and "stream" stuff will find its way to the 2000 and 3000 series. would sure make my 2600 pro a lot more useful in my HTPC.
Not just an ATI issue, I have an older gaming rig running SLI and it does the same thing comming out of sleep... Must be a DRM thing, def driver related.... Yea Vista!! Common Windows 7...
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#12
douglatins
Will wait for final, last time beta was a headache
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#14
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
8.5 ccc is great... 8.7 ok.... and 8.10ccc is working the best for me.... gee ATI gimme what works for me lol..:toast:
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#15
captainskyhawk
by: Solaris17
so has anyone checked their GPU-Z to see if this enabled sideband?
they're waiting on the GTX 295
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#16
ilpalmare
:cry::cry::cry:

My configuration with 2x 4870 in crossfire not function.... 1 card is correctly installed... the second was disabled by windows vista because is incompatible :banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:

Whyyyyyy
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#17
eidairaman1
I wonder if this Driver will Support AGP parts out of the box or are we going to have to wait for the Hotfix Driver?
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#18
random
Thanks for the news, got the drivers up and running... may I say hell yeah? Everything is running like pie! Running crysis wars and far cry 2 so much better, no benchmarks from me though. Sigh now if only I got my other 4850 back from RMA >=[
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#19
wiak
by: niko084
CAL is part of ATI Stream its mainly like CUDA for ATI, it should allow ATI cards to stomp Nvidia cards in F@H if we are lucky :)

Are these drivers having the same stupid issues that stopped a lot of people didn't install the 8.11s for?
worked fine when i installed RC3 over 8.11 on 4870 / Vista SP1 64-bit
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#20
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
by: eidairaman1
I wonder if this Driver will Support AGP parts out of the box or are we going to have to wait for the Hotfix Driver?
Usually the release candidates do support AGP, the 8.11 betas did, so I'm going to presume these do as well. I'll be installing them tonight after work. If you haven't tried them out before me I'll tell you what I think.

:rockout:

UPDATE: Maximum disappointment! It wouldn't install :( I've now gone back to the 8.11 RC2 as this was the set I managed to get 9606 with - hopefully I'll be able to break that score.
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#21
eidairaman1
Well I may wait for Final Release Drivers and Probably a Format to get this machine fresh, I was thinking about getting a copy of Vista and puting it to a diff HD and run XP and Vista Parallel and see how Vista does, but it seems NF2 Dont have New Drivers, along with the SATA Controller.
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#22
niko084
I like these, things seem a bit smoother, may have to do with my fresh install last night but I keep my systems really clean.
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#23
Drizzt5
Are these new drivers expected to fix any crossfire issues?
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#25
eidairaman1
IDK about yall but i suggest you ask Intel on Drivers for their Motherboards beyond just the graphics driver.
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