AMD Rolls Out Improved Catalyst 12.1, Joy For Designers And Gamers

Finally, design/game enthusiasts will be able to define individual graphics settings for 3D application. Yes, it’s here: AMD just pulled out of the oven the Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver. The AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview includes pretty much all the features found in version 11.12 plus some pretty neat optimizations.

This new version should cover the multi-GPU video cards such as Radeon HD 5970 and Radeon HD 6990 as well as two or more single-GPU video cards in one system, allowing the game designers to use this extra performance space in stereoscopic 3D mode, as it should be. And that’s not the only stereoscopic 3D-related feature it introduced – it brought support for 1080 30Hz frame packaged stereo 3D mode over the HDMI 1.4a interface. Nevertheless not all the 3D HDMI 1.4.a equipped devices are supported by this mode and actually only a small number of devices really benefit from it. That’s because the HDMI 1.4a has the 720p 50/60H 3D mode and the 1080p 24Hz 3D mode set as mandatory, while the 1080p 30Hz 3D comes in as optional.

The AMD HD3D technology support enhancement, delivers a new Stereo 3D mode over HDMI 1.4a connections – 1080 p at 30Hz is enabled on supported displays. ADM Catalyst 12.1 Preview drivers enables users to create per applications, profiles in order to individually control 3D and CrossFireX settings for Direct3D applications. The ADM Catalyst 12.1. Preview driver includes user interface re-modeling to simply adjust the video color or video quality controls.

Since the new blockbuster The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim has been out for a while now, the preview driver would be highly recommended for dedicated players, because it supposedly enhances performance a great deal, after Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing is enabled on the AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series for single GPU and AMD CrossFireX configurations.


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