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Like clockwork, AMD has unleashed its monthly driver update for Radeon owners, bringing new features and the obligatory list of bug fixes. Among the more notable additions is support for the Radeon HD 7000 series on Windows XP -- something missing in previous versions. AMD also promises various image quality enhancements when using super sampling anti-aliasing, morphological anti-aliasing and texture filtering in certain situations:
Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing: Level of Detail (LOD) Image Quality Enhancements
Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA): Significant Performance Enhancements
Texture Filtering Quality Improvements
Bug fixes are aplenty, with around a dozen mentioned for Windows 7 alone. Skyrim no longer hangs on single GPU machines with Catalyst 12.3 CAP1 and later CAP release, nor should you experience flickering square corruption anymore. VSync is no longer disabled in Rage after task switching, duplicating displays no longer produces random corruption, and tearing should be cleared up when using a third screen in 3x1 and 1x3 Eyefinity setups.
The HD 7950 has 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs. The only other ports are on the I/O panel where you'll find a dual DL-DVI connector, a single HDMI 1.4a port, and two mini-DisplayPort 1.2 sockets. Supports a max resolution of 2560x1600 on up to 3 monitors.
The AMD ATI Radeon HD 7870 measures 24cm long (9.4 in). The GPU core is clocked at 1000MHz and the GDDR5 memory operates at 1200MHz (4.8GHz DDR), The HD 7870 carries 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs, it also adopts the 28nm design process and is PCI Express 3.0-compatible.
The AMD ATI Radeon HD 7850 measures 24cm (9.4 in) long. The core clock frequency of the AMD ATI Radeon HD 7850 has been lowered from 1GHz to 860MHz. The GDDR5 memory still works at 1.2GHz, which is effectively 4.8GHz DDR. The HD 7850 has 1024 SPUs and 64 TAUs, while the ROPs remain at 32. It is also PCI Express 3.0-compatible
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