Monday, January 13th 2014

AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta to Include Mantle and TrueAudio Runtimes

At its CES press-meet, AMD detailed the upcoming versions of Catalyst Software Suite, which will be unified to include graphics and system drivers for both discrete AMD Radeon GPUs, and integrated AMD A-Series APUs; and AMD core-logic (chipsets). The biggest takeaway from the presentation, by AMD's Terry "CatalystMaker" Makedon, is that the company will release the first Mantle and TrueAudio runtime environments with the upcoming Catalyst 14.1 Beta, due for later this month. Mantle is AMD's ambitious attempt at a 3D graphics API to rival Direct3D and OpenGL, that's optimized for its Graphics CoreNext micro-architecture; while TrueAudio is a positional audio DSP that promises to make games and movies sound more realistic.

Mantle promises "great" performance improvements in Battlefield 4, the only AAA game that we know of, to make use of the API. Mantle support was expected to be added to the game as an update around this time, but DICE' plans fell off the track with publisher EA coming down hard on the studio for shipping a game that's riddled with bugs. DICE will most likely have to fix most of its bugs for the retail DirectX 11.1 game, before EA allows it to toy with updates that add support for new and experimental APIs, let alone expansion packs. In related news, Catalyst 14.1 Beta will introduce additions to its frame-pacing fix, that will soon support Ultra HD displays, and Eyefinity setups on non-XDMA (pre R9 290 series) GPUs.

Source: Zol.com.cn
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28 Comments on AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta to Include Mantle and TrueAudio Runtimes

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Marty 1480
Aquinus said:
Frame pacing is supported on 6000-series cards... Do you have some 6870s to prove that with? Oh wait, I do...


Troll elsewhere please.
But AMD has said on several occasions that Mantle is GCN only. So that is HD7750 and above.
Marty :)
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Prima.Vera
Marty 1480 said:
But AMD has said on several occasions that Mantle is GCN only. So that is HD7750 and above.
Marty :)
Marty, indeed, Mantle is for 7000 series or better, but frame pacing is, in theory, from 5000 series. Now the fact that it doesn't work at all on my 57xx cards, is a different story....
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Marty 1480
Prima.Vera said:
Marty, indeed, Mantle is for 7000 series or better, but frame pacing is, in theory, from 5000 series. Now the fact that it doesn't work at all on my 57xx cards, is a different story....
Sorry, I thought this article refered to Mantle.
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