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.
Nvidia today made available its first set of WHQL-certified GeForce videocard drivers from the Release 285 family, version 285.62. This is the recommended driver for Battlefield 3, and the recommended and enhanced driver for Batman: Arkham City and Rage, Nvidia says. It also contains a fix for the driver timeouts some people reported when using the R285 beta drivers.
Over the course of millions of years of evolution, the human race has come quite a long way. We've created mountains of sophisticated literature, skyscraping architecture, and the collected works of King Crimson. Sometimes, though, we can't help but slip into Old Ways. Which is all to say, “Ooooo, pretty picture!” That's pretty much how we felt looking at screenshots of id Software's megatexture masterwork RAGE. Sadly, the game in motion tells an entirely different story – at least, on PC.
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.
If you're planning to participate in the Battlefield 3 beta that goes live tomorrow and own an Nvidia graphics card, there's a new set of drivers you should know about. Nvidia's just released R285.38 drivers, which are also in beta, supposedly boost performance in Battlefield 3 by up to 38 percent. The drivers are also supposed to help with stability and improve image quality in the game.
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).
Power users who like to live on the bleeding edge have been able to download Nvidia's GeForce 280.26 drivers in beta form for some time now. As for everyone else who owns an Nvidia graphics card? Your day has come. Nvidia's latest drivers, which put a heavy emphasis on 3D Vision support, are now WHQL certified and ready for mass consumption.