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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
AMD Catalyst 12.4 WHQL Driver Released

AMD today rolled out the newest Catalyst release, the WHQL-certified Catalyst 12.4 which includes the 8.961 graphics driver, HydraVision for Windows Vista and Windows 7, Southbridge/IXP Driver and AMD Catalyst Control Center version 8.961 / AMD Vision Engine Control Center version 8.961.

Catalyst 12.4 suite can be downloaded here.

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.4 Windows release includes:


Windows XP support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series

  • In addition to Windows 7 and Windows Vista support, Catalyst 12.4 now also introduces Windows XP (64-bit/32-bit) support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing: Level of Detail (LOD) Image Quality enhancements
  • Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
  • LOD Image quality enhancements have been improved when enabling Super Sample Anti-Aliasing and Adaptive Anti-Aliasing through the AMD Catalyst Control Center for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications.
  • Applications must support in game Anti-Aliasing for the feature to work (Forced on Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center is not supported for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications)
Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA):  Significant performance enhancements
  • Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series, AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series, and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • MLAA now operates up to 80% faster than previous versions
Texture filtering quality improvements
  • Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
  • Improvements have been made to the texture filtering algorithm (for both DirectX9 and DirectX10/DirectX11 applications) to increase the quality of rendered textures, with no impact to performance


Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

  • Elder Scrolls: Skyrim: no longer hangs on single GPU configurations when used with AMD Catalyst 12.3 CAP1 and later CAP releases
  • Elder Scolls: Skyrim: flickering square corruption is no longer observed.
  • Rage: Vsync is no longer disabled after task switching.
  • Enemy Territory:  Quake Wars: no longer crashes when launched in High Performance Mode.
  • Stalker ? Call of Pripyat: flickering is no longer observed in trees with specific Catalyst Control Center settings.
  • Tom Clancy HAWX 2: no longer crashes on game launch.
  • Windows Media Center: no longer crashes when run in Eyefinity mode and High Performance mode settings.
  • AMD Steady Video: an error message is no longer displayed when enabling AMD Steady Video for the Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 plugin.
  • Duplicating displays no longer generates random corruption.
  • Tearing is no longer observed on the third screen in 3x1 and 1x3 Eyefinity configurations.
  • A system crash is no longer experienced when enabling Crossfire in a 4 display configuration.
  • The advanced video quality settings are now correctly displayed in the Catalyst Control Center.
Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System
  • The Catalyst Control Center now renders correctly when launched while playing a Bluray disc using WinDVD.
Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System
  • Dirt 3: a system hang is no longer experienced when running game at maximum in game settings.
  • Dragon Age 2: visual corruption is no longer observed.

Known issues under the Windows 7 operating system
  • Blocky video corruption may be observed while using Windows Media Player to playback HD WMV content.
  • The Catalyst Control Center may experience random crashes in specific configurations.
  • A green screen may be triggered when playing back Flash content using Google Chrome and Firefox.
  • The Unigine Tropics demo may experience random crashes when run with shaders=low and Vsync enabled.
Known issues under the Windows Vista operating system
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD may crash when enabling BOB de-interlace mode.
Known issues under the Windows XP operating system
  • The system may fail to resume from sleep/hibernate mode is some configurations.

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