The New AMD Catalyst 13.4 Driver for Linux Is All About Gaming

The latest version of this driver can be downloaded from Softpedia

By on April 25th, 2013 22:21 GMT

AMD has released a major driver update for its current product line, integrating a lot of fixes for Team Fortress 2 and other major titles.

The new AMD driver has arrived with a surprising number of features and a lot of them are geared towards gaming.

Probably more interesting than the fixes and improvements in the gaming department is the support implemented for two of the latest Linux kernels, 3.7 and 3.8.

The following distributions are officially supported: Red Hat Enterprise Linux suite 6.2 and 6.3, SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP4 and 11 SP2, OpenSUSE 11.4 and 12.1, and Ubuntu 12.10. As you can see, there’s no mention of Ubuntu 13.04.

Also, the AMD Catalyst Linux software suite has a few system requirements that have to be met: Xorg/Xserver 7.4 and above (up to 1.13), Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.5), glibc version 2.2 or 2.3, and POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support.

Highlights of AMD Catalyst 13.4 Driver:

• The color of the Objects is no longer turning into red (Serious Sam 3);
• A black screen issue in Team Fortress 2 that would occur when the game started under a Cinnamon desktop environment has been fixed;
• Changing settings in Team Fortress 2, without restarting, no longer reduces FPS down to 20s/30s;
• Severe flickering is no longer observed while playing animation in manufacturing mode for NX8.0;
• Mari no longer crashes at startup on Ubuntu only;
• Severe corruption no longer occurs in Unigine Heaven 4.0 on Saturn XT, when running at extremely high settings;
• Softimage no longer fails to refresh properly.

A number of other problems remain. For example, Team Fortress 2 can’t be loaded in “High Performance GPU” mode.

A complete list of changes, improvements, and supported graphics cards can be found in the official announcement.

Download AMD Catalyst 13.4 Driver right now from Softpedia.
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