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
FreedomEclipse said:
Since you have a 5870, Id suggest going with Cat 10.10e's their supposed to be the best set for 5xxx series cards
I'd have to agree with this from all I have read.
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#2
Mussels
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except for starcraft II, which they break.


i'm on 11.1's with a 5870 and zero problems. every game runs fine.
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#3
DTV DRAGON
thanx guys I will give it a try. as always its great comming back here to see whats new
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#4
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
DTV DRAGON said:
thanx guys I will give it a try. as always its great commking back here to see whats new
Its been a while
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DTV DRAGON
brandonwh64 said:
Its been a while
ya I know..nice to see ya brandon,
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#6
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Is it me, or with this drivers, when watching a movie or something, the GPU usage goes to 99% and also the freqs go to full 3D speed?!? And I'm not using any hardware acc for playing movies, just the humble Media Player Classic...
#7
Jack Doph
TAViX said:
Is it me, or with this drivers, when watching a movie or something, the GPU usage goes to 99% and also the freqs go to full 3D speed?!? And I'm not using any hardware acc for playing movies, just the humble Media Player Classic...
No such issues here mate :/
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#8
Unregistered
Check again. It seems that this issue appears only if the MLAA function is activated in CCC. Strange.
I have a 5870 card...
#9
Jack Doph
TAViX said:
Check again. It seems that this issue appears only if the MLAA function is activated in CCC. Strange.
I have a 5870 card...
I have MLAA enabled..
Usage hovers around 1% or less :/
*5850 user myself
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Jack Doph
TAViX said:
do you have the 11.1a drivers installed??
No, just the 11.1 driver
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#13
Mussels
Moderprator
MLAA is working on your videos then, lol.
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#14
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Mussels said:
MLAA is working on your videos then, lol.
No. Only on Windows Media Player (which I don't use). On Media Player Classic or VLC doesn't work. I can easily tell because of corrupted subtitles and stuff (WMP only...).

Besides on MPC I use Haaly Renderer not VRM9 or Overlay, so even if I make video graphics changes in CCC, doesn't show in MPC. Like I've said, only in Windows Media Player...
#15
Mussels
Moderprator
TAViX said:
No. Only on Windows Media Player (which I don't use). On Media Player Classic or VLC doesn't work. I can easily tell because of corrupted subtitles and stuff (WMP only...).

Besides on MPC I use Hally Renderer not VRM9 or Overlay, so even if I make video graphics changes in CCC, doesn't show in MPC. Like I've said, only in Windows Media Player...
try EVR sync or something then.

just because you're not seeing a difference, doesnt mean its not TRYING to do it.
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#16
Jack Doph
TAViX said:
exactly! You also don't have the MLAA option I think....
Yes I do - I have posted this before..
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#17
Unregistered
The problem is NOT with the renders, the problem is that with the 10.10e and early drivers I didn't have the GPU usage and full 3D freq when I was watching movies or Youtube clips. ;) (with MLAA on, that is...)
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