Sunnyvale, California-based Advanced Micro Devices has just announced the release of its new set of graphics drivers, with the release of the Catalyst Software Suite 9.12. The new release is available for download and offers support for the company's latest graphics cards, including the Radeon HD 5900 series. Among the highlights of the new graphics drivers, the chip maker has mentioned the support for DirectCompute 10.1 and the OpenGL 3.2 extension support. In addition, according to AMD, the new release will also provide some performance enhancements in a couple of gaming applications.
As with all new Catalyst releases, the new driver includes the Radeon display driver, version 8.681, the HidraVision for both Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, the WDM Driver Install bundle, the Southbridge/IXP driver and the Catalyst Control Center version 8.681. The release is now available for download, through the company's website, or through Softpedia, following the specific links at the end of this article.
The new release adds support for DirectCompute 10.1 and OpenGL 3.2 extension. According to the release notes, the Catalyst 10.1, the DirectCompute 10.1 support has been added for the company's Radeon HD 4800 series, HD 4700 series in both single card or CrossFireX-enabled configurations. The OpenGL 3.2 extension support includes a wider range of Radeon products, spanning from the older HD 2000 series to the latest HD 5800 series. In addition, the new release offers the following performance gains, according to the chip maker:
3DMark Vantage – overall performance improves as much as 9% on ATI Radeon HD
5800 and ATI Radeon HD 5700 series products. GT1 – Jane Nash performance
improves as much as 15% and FT4 – GPU Cloth improves up to 15%
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Call of Pripyat – Performance improves as much as 6% on single
The new drivers are available for download, right here on Softpedia, following the links below: