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Appeared on: Friday, June 29, 2012
AMD Catalyst 12.6 WHQL and 12.7 Beta Drivers Released

AMD has made available the AMD Catalyst 12.6 (WHQL) and AMD Catalyst 12.7 (Beta) drivers.



Resolved issues in AMD Catalyst  12.6 WHQL and Catalyst 12.7 Beta

Dual Graphics: new application profiles for DirectX 9 applications

AMD Catalyst 12.7 Beta

In addition to all of the stability fixes described above, 12.7 also introduces performance improvements for multiple generations of AMD Radeon graphics products.

Performance improvements in 12.7 Beta vs. GPU launch drivers

Improvements in 12.7 Beta vs. 12.4 WHQL

Starting with AMD Catalyst 12.7, owners of AMD Radeon HD 7900/HD 7800/HD 7700 Series products are now ready take advantage of Video Codec Engine, or VCE, in compatible applications like vReveal and ArcSoft MediaConverter. The feature is part of AMD's Graphics Core Next architecture and is a hardware mechanism that allows supporting AMD Radeon products to accelerate video encoding in a VCE-enabled application.

AMD Catalyst 12.7 also opens the floodgates on performance for non-gaming tasks, like file compression and video transcoding. For example, AMD Radeon can make it faster a to convert your videos for smartphones, tablets, or HD Media Streamers thanks to new OpenCL support in Handbrake. Other applications used by millions of people every day, like WinZip, can now leverage the compute power of Graphics Core Next, too.

AMD and Adobe also cooperated on OpenCL support to make image editing faster on AMD Radeon in Photoshop CS6.



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