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Ahead of next week's expected release of the Catalyst 12.9 beta, AMD has updated its existing WHQL driver with a fresh set of Catalyst Application Profiles. Although it's not a major overhaul, Catalyst 12.8 CAP 3 offers a few improvements that are worthwhile if you're playing certain titles including the recently released Guild Wars 2 and Borderlands 2. The former has received a bug fix that caused texture corruption grass when changing graphics settings on a CrossFire setup, while the latter receives a new CrossFire profile.
Some older titles have also received tweaks. AMD has resolved a flickering problem that arose when World of Warcraft's view distance was set to fair with CrossFire enabled, as well as other CrossFire-related flickering issues in Depth Hunter, an "underwater simulator" that launched earlier this year and is currently vying for a position on Steam; Dirt Showdown; S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat; and War of Roses, an action title that is being developed by indie studio Fatshark and is scheduled to launch on October 2.
CAP 3 (0.5MB installer for all Radeon users who are already running Catalyst 12.8)
Catalyst 12.8 (sans CAP 3): XP 32-bit | XP 64-bit | Vista/7/8 32-bit | Vista/7/8 64-bit
Catalyst 12.8 for notebooks (again, sans CAP 3): Vista/7/8 32-bit | Vista/7/8 64-bit
That's the extent of this week's CAP 3 update, though it's worth noting that folks who are still running Catalyst 12.6 can look forward to many more improvements when upgrading to 12.8, including up to 25% more performance in Skyrim, 15% in Shogun 2, 10% in Dirt 3, 8% in Crysis Warhead, and 3% to 6% in Crysis 2, Batman: Arkham City, Just Cause 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Battlefield 3. It also enhances single-GPU performance in Torchlight 2, which happens to be launching this Thursday.
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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