Catalyst 12.3 supports HD 7000 series, squashes various bugs

By on March 28, 2012, 6:30 PM

Radeon owners have a fresh driver update today, courtesy of Catalyst Software Suite 12.3. As usual, the release covers cards spanning back as far as the HD 2000 series and introduces full support for the latest HD 7000 products (except on Windows XP). Besides supporting Southern Islands GPUs, Catalyst 12.3's release notes don't mention any new features or game frame rate optimizations. However, a plethora of bugs have been fixed.

Most of the fixes are for Windows 7, including one that caused Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X to crash after task switching with anti-aliasing and morphological anti-aliasing (MLAA) enabled. Another caused Furmark Benchmark to crash when launched in high performance mode, while Alan Wake had issues when launching in DirectX 9 mode with multiple cards in Crossfire, and Far Cry 2 caused a system hang when running the game on high.

Image flickering and other assorted graphical glitches have been solved in Quake 4, XPlane, and TES V: Skyrim on Windows 7, while AMD has solved corruption in Enemy Territory Quake Wars when playing on Windows Vista. AMD notes that it's still working on other artifacting and crashing problems in Enemy Territory Quake Wars, Rage, and Crysis 2 on Windows 7, as well as Dirt 3, Crysis Warhead, and Dragon Age 2 on Windows XP.

Download Catalyst 12.3 WHQL (release notes)
Desktop: Windows XP 32-bit | Windows XP 64-bit | Windows Vista/7 32-bit | Windows Vista/7 64-bit
Mobile: Windows Vista/7 32-bit | Windows Vista/7 64-bit

Folks running Windows 8 are still best off with the month-old 8.93.7 RC10 driver, which doesn't cover HD 7000 products. Assuming you have an HD 5000 or 6000 series desktop card, the driver adds support for Windows 8's WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) 1.2, including native Stereo 3D support for full screen and windowed gaming, optimized screen rotation and power consumption, as well as improved sleep and resume performance.

Download Driver 8.93.7 RC10 (release notes)
Desktop/Mobile: Windows 8 32/64-bit




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hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

Good to see AMD fixing bugs on 5 year old games. smh

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The ONLY bad thing about AMD.

Their drivers update cycle is pathetic.

And this is coming from a former Radeon owner.

Guest said:

The ONLY bad thing about AMD.

Their drivers update cycle is pathetic.

And this is coming from a former Radeon owner.

IMO it's great to have bug fixes quickly. I think you will probably get mad with rolling-release linux distros xD

And this is coming from a Radeon owner linux user ;P

Zilpha Zilpha said:

Guest said:

The ONLY bad thing about AMD.

Their drivers update cycle is pathetic.

And this is coming from a former Radeon owner.

IMO it's great to have bug fixes quickly. I think you will probably get mad with rolling-release linux distros xD

And this is coming from a Radeon owner linux user ;P

Lucky for us, there is Windows and Nvidia.

peperonikiller peperonikiller said:

Zilpha said:

Guest said:

The ONLY bad thing about AMD.

Their drivers update cycle is pathetic.

And this is coming from a former Radeon owner.

IMO it's great to have bug fixes quickly. I think you will probably get mad with rolling-release linux distros xD

And this is coming from a Radeon owner linux user ;P

Lucky for us, there is Windows and Nvidia.

Lucky for us at least ATI provides competition bringing competative pricing along with it.

Ghost410 said:

As far as keeping costs down, I have a 5850 sitting on the shelf because crossfire simply lacks the stability in Windows 7 to keep it installed. Not what I would call economical all things considered.

Guest said:

Crossfire works great in Windows 7. I would suggest a PEBKAC error.

Guest said:

I second that. :)

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