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AMD releases AMD Catalyst™ 13.12 for Windows (WHQL) and Linux

AMD has released a new version of their Catalyst drivers for Windows (WHQL) and Linux.  In addition to adding official support for the R9270-290 and R7240-260 cards it also improves Crossfire-scaling for some cards and more importantly adds support for Crossfire frame pacing. The idea with frame pacing is to make sure that playback is even and regular when using two cards in Crossfire. AMD cards have traditionally had issues where running in games have caused some micro stuttering when frames have not been displayed evenly from the two cards. Currently the frame pacing is only supported up to 2560×1600 in a single display but support for more displays and 4K resolution is coming.

As always get the drivers from http://game.amd.com.

 

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF AMD CATALYST™ 13.12

  • ​Support for the following new products:
    • AMD Radeon™ R9 290, 280, and 270 Series
    • AMD Radeon™ R7 260, 250, and 240 Series
  • ​Improved AMD CrossFire™​ scaling for the following game titles:
    • Call of Duty®: Ghosts (multiplayer component)
    • Splinter Cell Blacklist
    • Saints Row 4
    • Metro Last Light
  • ​New AMD Enduro™ Technology profiles for the following game titles:
    • ​XCOM: Enemy Unknown
    • Need for Speed Rivals
    • Total War™​: Rome 2
    • Battlefield 4
    • Saints Row 4
    • Splinter Cell Blacklist
    • FIFA 14
  • ​Support For AMD CrossFire frame pacing
    • Frame pacing ensures that frames rendered across multiple GPUs in an AMD CrossFire configuration will be displayed at an even and regular pace
    • Frame pacing is enabled through the AMD Catalyst Control Center, or on a per application basis
    • Frame pacing is supported on DirectX® 10 and DirectX 11 applications using resolutions up to (and including) 2560×1600 on a single display
 

RESOLVED ISSUES

  • ​​​May resolve intermittent black screens or display loss observed on some AMD Radeon™ R9 290X and AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics cards
  • Resolves intermittent crashes seen in legacy DirectX® 9 applications
  • AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series – Power Tune update to reduce variance of fan speed / RPM
  • PCI-E bus speed is no longer set to x1 on the secondary GPU when running in an AMD CrossFire configuration
  • Resolves incorrect HDMI Audio Driver information being listed in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Resolves AMD Steady Video option being grayed out in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Resolves intermittent flickering seen on some AMD Radeon R9 270X graphics cards
  • Resolves graphics corruption issues found in Starcraft®​
  • Resolves image corruption seen in Autodesk Investor 2014
  • Resolves flickering water corruption found in World of Warcraft®​
  • Resolves intermittent black screen when resuming from a S3/S4 sleep-state if the display is unplugged during the sleep-state on systems supporting AMD Enduro™ Technology
  • Resolves intermittent crashes experienced with Battlefield 4 on Windows 8 based systems
  • Resolves the display turning green when using Windows Media Player to view HD .avi format video in an extended desktop configuration
  • Resolves Metro applications experiencing frame drops during playback of interlaced video content
  • Resolves video playback corruption of .wmv format files in Windows Media Player

 

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