AMD Releases Catalyst Video Drivers For Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Brad Chacos

Microsoft wasn't the only company releasing Windows 8 Consumer Preview software yesterday . If you're rocking a Radeon graphics card, you'll be happy to hear that AMD rolled out new Catalyst drivers specifically tailored for the prerelease OS, complete with supports for Windows 8's WDDM 1.2 features.

Actually, you might not be pleased to hear the news if you've plunked down cash for one of the latest and greatest Radeon HD 7000 GPUs, since the update doesn't support that family of hardware. AMD promises you early adopters will get Consumer Preview drivers of your own "in the coming weeks," though.

Here's what you can expect to get from the driver, which you can read up on and download here :

  • Full WDDM 1.2
  • AMD Eyefinity
  • OpenC™
  • OpenGL®
  • UVD
  • AMD Dual Graphics / AMD CrossFire™ Technology
  • AMD Overdrive™
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center

And if you're not sure what WDDM 1.2 brings to the table, AMD conveniently outlined its benefits:

  • Native Stereo 3D support:  Windows 8 will natively support Stereo 3D for full-screen and windowed gaming, and video applications
  • Unified Video API – Video playback is now integrated within the DirectX® 11 API;  enabling simultaneous high quality Video and 3D content, and the potential for enhanced video transcoding performance
  • Optimized screen rotation
  • Improved sleep / resume performance
  • Optimized Power Consumption

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