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
TRIPTEX_CAN
by: Drizzt5
Had the same problem. Apparently a few people on these forums have 8.11 working for crossfire but I still can't get it to work. And, did you try not installing catalyst and just the display drivers?


When are the 8.12 drivers expected to be out of beta? I'm going to try my hardest to use the new drivers if I can get them to work with my crossfire once they get out of the beta stage.
My 4850 crossfire with modded BIOS have worked with every Catalyst version I've tried... 8.10-8.12 RC3.

I head the official release date is Dec 10 for 8.12... but that could change.
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Drizzt5
by: TRIPTEX_MTL
My 4850 crossfire with modded BIOS have worked with every Catalyst version I've tried... 8.10-8.12 RC3.

I head the official release date is Dec 10 for 8.12... but that could change.
Ya but then other people like me, and a few others have blue screens the moment after windows loads up. I made a topic about it. Until I find a solution I'm a little mad that the new drivers don't work for me.
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#3
James1991
by: Drizzt5
Had the same problem. Apparently a few people on these forums have 8.11 working for crossfire but I still can't get it to work. And, did you try not installing catalyst and just the display drivers?


When are the 8.12 drivers expected to be out of beta? I'm going to try my hardest to use the new drivers if I can get them to work with my crossfire once they get out of the beta stage.
i didnt try just the drivers. i will wait for the real ones now. they shouldnt be far away;)
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#4
TRIPTEX_CAN
by: Drizzt5
Ya but then other people like me, and a few others have blue screens the moment after windows loads up. I made a topic about it. Until I find a solution I'm a little mad that the new drivers don't work for me.
I know someone from another forum who was having the same problem. Eventually he just RAMd the cards and his new pair are working perfectly. Have yo considered sending them back?
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Drizzt5
by: TRIPTEX_MTL
I know someone from another forum who was having the same problem. Eventually he just RAMd the cards and his new pair are working perfectly. Have yo considered sending them back?
Both cards stock heat sinks have been cut in half, both cards have after market coolers, one card was pencil modded.

In short... no.
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#6
my-id
Hi
Special Thanks to AMD-ATI for this new Driver
I have some problem with NFS UnderCOver and fps drops to 8-15
I saw tests show AMD CPU have slower on this title than Intel
I install this new driver (8.12 beta) and now I'm happy because it improved well!!!
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I Used:
XP x86 (AMD 8.12 beta)
AMD FUSION Beta
FRAPS 2.9.6
AMD OverDrive 2.14
NFS U
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