AMD's New Catalyst 11.8 Drivers Enhance Overclocking Controls, Black Ops Performance

Paul Lilly

AMD decided to shake things up a bit with its last major driver release of the summer, Catalyst 11.8. The new driver package integrates the chip maker's CPU Overdrive utility into the AMD Vision Control Center, putting CPU and GPU overclocking controls at your fingertips from a central location (note that the software only supports CPU overclocking of Black Edition chips).

When you're finished overclocking and ready to get down to the business of playing games, Catalyst 11.8 promises to deliver up to 20 percent better performance in Call of Duty Black Operations for both single- and multi-GPU setups running Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series graphics cards, up to 30 percent when AMD's Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA) is enabled through the Control Center, up to 10 percent in Crysis 2 (DirectX 11 version), and up to 8 percent in F.E.A.R. 3 (DirectX 11 version) with application enabled AA.

Finally, Catalyst 11.8 resolves a number of issues, including one that could previously cause a system to hang or BSOD when playing HD content overnight using Windows Media Center in Windows 7, as well as when installing the driver with Crossfire enabled in Windows Vista.

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