AMD and Nvidia driver teams have been putting in some pretty serious overtime trying to keep up with the flood of new titles hitting the market just before the holidays, and a third profile update just went live for AMD’s less than one month old Catalyst 11.11. Just in-case you’d lost count, in addition to the three profile updates, AMD has also released three separate beta drivers to fix various other issues with specific titles. If you like to be on the bleeding edge, make sure you have Catalyst 11.11C, along with the just released CAP3.
Gamers who could potentially benefit the most from AMD's new Catalyst 11.11a performance driver may never read this. Why? Well, if you've been sucked into Skyrim, then you've undoubtedly found plenty to occupy your time, such as picking pockets, slaying dragons, and leveling up, all of which takes priority over reading the news, going to work, and hygiene (it's okay to make an exception with that last one).
AMD Crossfire users struggling to maintain a passable frame rate in Saints Row 3 or Gothic 4 take note. AMD has released Catalyst 11.11 WHQL CAP 2, which enables Crossfire profiles for both titles, and most importantly, lets you make full use of both graphics cards. If like me you were hoping Skyrim would make the cut for this latest CAP we have bad news for you, it didn’t. The last update from AMD on this front was 5 days ago, and said little more than they were hoping to release it ASAP.
Considering that NVidia had drivers ready on launch day, we can’t help but wonder what’s taking so long. Hit the jump for the complete release notes.
AMD's Catalyst software suite version 11.11 is all polished up and ready for installation. The big new feature in the latest Catalyst suite is Adobe Flash Player 11 support, which enables full support of the GPU accelerated Stage 3D API and Stage 3D applications. AMD Radeon HD Series GPUs, A-Series APU, and E-Series APUs are all supported by this, AMD says.
We're a day late on this one, but AMD on Halloween treated Radeon graphics card owners to new Catalyst 11.10 drivers in finished form. According to the release notes, Catalyst 11.10 enhances AMD Eyefinity support with bezel compensation, a new maximum supported resolution of 16000x16000 (on Radeon HD 6000 Series card, limited to DX11 applications only), and by enabling support for Eyefinity 5x1 display configurations in both portrait and landscape modes.
If you plan on spending some quality time with the Battlefield 3 beta and aren't afraid of pre-release drivers, AMD's Catalyst 11.10 Preview package is calling your name (or Nvidia's GeForce 285.38 beta drivers, if that's the way you swing). For all other AMD videocard owners, the Santa Clara outfit just released its Catalyst 11.9 package into the wild.
Can you tell that GPU makers are totally stoked about the release of Battlefield 3? Both Nvidia and AMD have made available pre-release graphics card drivers for the Battle 3 beta, the former of which we detailed yesterday (catch a recap of Nvidia's GeForce 285.38 beta release here), and the latter we'll break down after the jump.
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).
AMD on Wednesday made available it's Catalyst 11.7 driver package for Radeon graphics card owners, and in doing so, the chip maker fixed a barrel full of issues, many of them related to Windows 7. AMD said the Catalyst 11.7 package addresses any and all quirks with mouse cursor lag, and if you've been experiencing system hangs on specific HDMI and DisplayPort displays using the previous driver package, 11.7 will fix that too.
Try not to look smug as you reach around and pat yourself on the back if you're the type of user who, come hell or high water, absolutely refuses to touch new driver and software updates with a 10-foot pole until they've been tested downloaded by others and verified to work. Also get ready to welcome a few more to your ranks after AMD's Catalyst 11.6 driver caused some systems kick it old school with a blue screen of death.