Wednesday, January 26th 2011

AMD Catalyst 11.1 WHQL and 11.1a Hotfix Formally Announced

AMD today formally introduced Catalyst 11.1 WHQL software suite and Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix update. AMD Catalyst installs drivers and system software for ATI/AMD Radeon graphics processors (HD 2000 series and above), AMD chipset integrated graphics, and other ATI multimedia products. The Catalyst 11.1 WHQL finalizes the new Catalyst Control Center (referred to so far as CCC2), as the default control center, which simplifies control for mainstream and advanced users. It also formally introduces support for OpenGL 4.1. Catalyst 11.1 WHQL adds performance updates to F1 2010 and Left 4 Dead 2, the performance increments are more for the HD 6000 series GPUs. Next up is the 11.1a Hotfix update, which packs all the features of 11.1, plus performance improvements for Radeon HD 6000 series GPUs. It also adds new tessellation level controls. A number of Catalyst AI texture filtering updates are also added.

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Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 11.1 Windows release include:

New Features:
  • The new Catalyst Control Center
  • o The new Catalyst Control Center enables a simplified user experience to help users get the most out of their AMD product
    o Easily enable 3D settings to enhance game image quality
    o Setup multiple displays to increase productivity
    o Adjust power settings to increase battery life
    o Supports two unique views – designed for mainstream and advanced users
    o User Interface dynamically updates based on available AMD hardware
  • Support for OpenGL 4.1
  • o New features introduced in OpenGL 4.1
    o Full compatibility with OpenGL ES 2.0 APIs for easier porting between mobile and desktop platforms
    o The ability to query and load a binary for shader program objects to save re-compilation time
    o The capability to bind programs individually to programmable stages for programming flexibility
    o 64-bit floating-point component vertex shader inputs for higher geometric precision
    o Multiple viewports for a rendering surface for increased rendering flexibility
Performance highlights:
  • F1 2010:
  • o Performance increases up to 12% on AMD Radeon HD 6900 and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series single card configurations with anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing disabled.
    o Performance increases up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series single card configurations with anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing disabled.
  • Left 4 Dead 2:
  • o Performance increases up to 17% on AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series single and Crossfire configurations with anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing disabled.
    o Performance increases up to 8% on AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series single configurations with anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing disabled.
Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix include:
  • Performance improvements for the AMD Radeon HD 6800 & HD 6900 series in a number of applications
  • Catalyst Control Center – New Tessellation controls
  • Gives users full control over the tessellation levels used in applications
  • Catalyst AI Texture Filtering updates
  • The Quality setting has now been improved to match the High Quality setting in all respects but one; it enables an optimization that limits tri-linear anisotropic filtering to areas surrounding texture mipmap level transitions, while doing bilinear anisotropic filtering elsewhere. This optimization offers a way to improve filtering performance without visibly affecting image quality
  • The Performance setting has also been updated to address comments about the sharpness of the default Quality setting causing shimmering in certain cases. It now provides a smoother filtering option that eliminates most shimmering while preserving the improved detail provided by anisotropic filtering.
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92 Comments on AMD Catalyst 11.1 WHQL and 11.1a Hotfix Formally Announced

#1
SvB4EvA
Mussels said:
yes, i was talking about 11.1a


I just upgraded to 11.1 official, and YES it does have this problem.
STRANGELY something is up with 11.1a - mine thinks its 10.10 now (10.12 was what i had last)
I have the 11.1a drivers installed. Everything looks right to me. or, am I missing something?

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#3
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
And the problems start to pile up . What a set of horrible drivers they have written once again from 10.11 to 10.12 to the debacle of the 11.1 ! Really great job there ATI !
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
all they've done is fecked up the version numbers, and some problems crossfire users are having.

overall its not that terrible.




heaven forbid that i forget what drivers i'm actually on (this is after a complete uninstall, driver cleaner, reboot, new install, reboot)
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#5
SvB4EvA
Mussels said:
the CCC still says 10.12, thats what im talking about. or in my case, 10.10
Mussels said:
all they've done is fecked up the version numbers, and some problems crossfire users are having.

overall its not that terrible.

heaven forbid that i forget what drivers i'm actually on (this is after a complete uninstall, driver cleaner, reboot, new install, reboot)
Yea, I see that now Mussels. I'm now wondering if people using 11.1 are seeing incorrect version numbers too, or if its just 11.1a.
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#6
holy_
SvB4EvA said:
Yea, I see that now Mussels. I'm now wondering if people using 11.1 are seeing incorrect version numbers too, or if its just 11.1a.
I installed 11.1 and have 10.11 version number... :twitch:
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#7
SvB4EvA
holy_ said:
I installed 11.1 and have 10.11 version number... :twitch:
ahhh, so its across the board with bad version numbers. thx holy
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#8
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
I think it is more than just bad version #'s I think they are totally fucked up ! They seem to be in a rush and not focused at all . ATI needs to step up there game or they will be loosing some fine folks to nvidia .
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#9
95Viper
Someone (a programmer) over at ATi did not do their job, as they forgot to change the version number.

Easily fixed with a registry edit, if it is bothering anyone.

The only thing that matters is the version numbers of the drivers and ccc.


:)
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#10
Imsochobo
works fine for me.
ran the preview driver before.

5850
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#11
Zubasa
trickson said:
I think it is more than just bad version #'s I think they are totally fucked up ! They seem to be in a rush and not focused at all . ATI needs to step up there game or they will be loosing some fine folks to nvidia .
Fxxked up or not, at lease these drivers don't have video playback problems that the 10.10e has.
So far the only thing that is fxxked up is the version number.
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#12
SvB4EvA
I'm really disappointed they didnt fix the issue with flash video playing and clock speeds.

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#13
Bundy
Mussels said:
all they've done is fecked up the version numbers, and some problems crossfire users are having.

overall its not that terrible.

http://img.techpowerup.org/110126/Capture268.jpg


heaven forbid that i forget what drivers i'm actually on (this is after a complete uninstall, driver cleaner, reboot, new install, reboot)
I agree somewhat that this isn't that terrible. A comparison of thread topics on TPU would still indicate that nvidia has less driver issues though. It is makes AMD look less professional IMO.
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#14
Cheeseball
Argh, 11.1a is shit on my setup. BSOD on two reference HD 5770s. :P Going back to 10.6.

And this was with a pure clean up using DriverSweeper. :shadedshu WTF is ATI doing?
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#15
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Mussels said:
i've said this half a dozen times in the last half hour... AMD hotfixes RARELY include a version number. it always shows as the last official driver you had installed.
If it does then you didn't properly uninstall the last drivers before the new ones.

Cheeseball said:
Argh, 11.1a is shit on my setup. BSOD on two reference HD 5770s. :P Going back to 10.6.

And this was with a pure clean up using DriverSweeper. :shadedshu WTF is ATI doing?
Just stay with 10.10e. Ever since the 6xxx series hit the market all the drivers have been shit for the 5xxx series.
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#16
Mussels
Moderprator
TheMailMan78 said:
If it does then you didn't properly uninstall the last drivers before the new ones.



Just stay with 10.10e. Ever since the 6xxx series hit the market all the drivers have been shit for the 5xxx series.
i did a driver sweeper and everything with 10.11 and it still shows as 10.10... there is some leftover weirdness in these drivers. I'm wondering if its just 10.10 in the package, at least for 5K users
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#17
Unregistered
Yeah, the 10.10e drivers are working flawlessly. No need for upgrades, since there is no real improvement in ANY game for 5*** series...
#18
Mussels
Moderprator
TAViX said:
Yeah, the 10.10e drivers are working flawlessly. No need for upgrades, since there is no real improvement in ANY game for 5*** series...
10.10e break starcraft II. that is not flawless.
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#19
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Mussels said:
10.10e break starcraft II. that is not flawless.
Meh. No real gamer would be caught dead playing starcraft anyway. :laugh:
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#20
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
Cheeseball said:
Argh, 11.1a is shit on my setup. BSOD on two reference HD 5770s. :P Going back to 10.6.

And this was with a pure clean up using DriverSweeper. :shadedshu WTF is ATI doing?
Man you got lucky it fucked me over so bad it took my OS with it after the 3rd BSOD !
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#21
bogie
TAViX said:
Yeah, the 10.10e drivers are working flawlessly. No need for upgrades, since there is no real improvement in ANY game for 5*** series...
Work perfectly for me too but i don't play starcraft. I'm staying on 10.10e :rockout:
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#22
TheMailMan78
Big Member
trickson said:
Man you got lucky it fucked me over so bad it took my OS with it after the 3rd BSOD !
Yup. They killed my old install too after 1 BSOD. Im sticking with 10.10e until I get a new GPU :laugh:
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#23
SvB4EvA
TheMailMan78 said:
They killed my old install too after 1 BSOD.
Of windows?
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#24
TheMailMan78
Big Member
SvB4EvA said:
Of windows?
Yup. Some BSOD's can be a bitch.
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#25
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
would be nice if they increased the 5850crossfire performance as they are the ones more prone to driver issues rather then single cards
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