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AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta steht zum Download bereit

AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta steht zum Download bereit

Der Grafikkartenhersteller AMD hat im Laufe des Abends den AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta Treiber für Windows 7 & 8.1 veröffentlicht und zum Download freigegeben. Der AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta Treiber umfasst diverse Neuerungen, Verbesserungen, Fehlerbehebungen und Leistungsverbesserungen, die sich weiter unten einsehen lassen. Zudem lässt uns der Grafikkartenhersteller wissen, dass Windows 8 ab jetzt nicht mehr unterstützt wird. Somit bleibt AMD Catalyst 14.4 die letzte Version die Unterstützung für Windows 8 bietet. Zum Download steht ein Treiber für die Grafikkarten der AMD Radeon HD 5000 Serie und neuer und AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Serie und neuer. Der AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta Treiber ist mit Windows 7 und 8.1 kompatibel und kann ab sofort geladen werden. Eine Übersicht über die Neuerungen und Verbesserungen in dieser Version findet ihr weiter unten im Abschnitt Release Notes oder in den offiziellen Release Notes.

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Download -> AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta für Windows

Der AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta Treiber kann ab sofort wie folgt geladen werden.

AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta for Windows -> Release Notes

AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta for Windows is now available, and includes the following updates:

  • Starting with AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta, AMD will no longer support Windows 8.0 (and the WDDM 1.2 driver)
  • Users should upgrade (for Free) to Windows 8.1 to take advantage of the new features found in the AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta
  • AMD Catalyst 14.4 will remain available for users who wish to remain on Windows 8
  • A future AMD Catalyst release will allow for the WDDM 1.1 (Windows 7 driver) to be installed under Windows 8.0 for those users unable to upgrade to Windows 8.1

Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta Driver for Windows

  • Performance improvements
    • Watch Dogs performance improvements
      • AMD Radeon R9 290X - 1920x1080 4x MSAA – improves up to 25%
      • AMD Radeon R9290X - 2560x1600 4x MSAA – improves up to  28%
      • AMD Radeon R9290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra settings, MSAA = 4X) - 92% scaling
    • Murdered Soul Suspect performance improvements
      • AMD Radeon R9 290X – 2560x1600 4x MSAA – improves up to 16%
      • AMD Radeon R9290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra settings, MSAA = 4X)  - 93% scaling
  • AMD Eyefinity enhancements:
    • Mixed Resolution Support
      • A new architecture providing brand new capabilities
      • Display groups can be created with monitors of different resolution  (including difference sizes and shapes)
      • Users have a choice of how surface is created over the display group
        • Fill – legacy mode, best for identical monitors
        • Fit – create the Eyefinity surface using best available rectangular area with attached displays.
        • Expand – create a virtual Eyefinity surface using desktops as viewports onto the surface.
    • Eyefinity Display Alignment
      • Enables control over alignment between adjacent monitors
    • One-Click Setup
      • Driver detects layout of extended desktops
        • Can create Eyefinity display group using this layout in one click!
  • New user controls for video color and display settings
    • Greater control over Video Color Management:
      • Controls have been expanded from a single slider for controlling Boost and Hue to per color axis
    • Color depth control for Digital Flat Panels (available on supported HDMI and DP displays)
      • Allows users to select different color depths per resolution and display
  • AMD Mantle enhancements
    • Mantle now supports AMD Mobile products with Enduro technology
      • Battlefield 4:  AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1366x768; high settings) – 21% gain
      • Thief: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1920x1080; high settings) – 14% gain
      • Star Swarm:  AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1920x1080; medium settings) – 274% gain
    • Enables support for Multi-GPU configurations with Thief (requires the latest Thief update)
  • AMD AM1 JPEG decoding acceleration
    • JPEG decoding acceleration was first enabled on the A10 APU Series in AMD Catalyst 14.1 beta, and has now been extended to the AMD AM1 Platform
    • Provides fast JPEG decompression
    • Provides Power Efficiency for JPEG decompression

AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta for Windows -> System Requirements

The latest version of the AMD Catalyst suite is designed to support the following Windows platforms:

  • Windows 8.1 32-bit Edition.
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit Edition.
  • Windows 7 32-bit Edition.
  • Windows 7 64-bit Edition.

This driver is provided as is and is not supported by AMD. It has not completed full AMD testing, and is only recommended for users experiencing the particular issue described above.

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