AMD's new Catalyst 14.9 drivers improve performance, CrossFire scaling in multiple gamesBy Shawn Knight 13 comments
AMD recently released a new batch of WHQL-certified Catalyst drivers (version 14.9) that offer up a wealth of performance enhancements for a variety of games.
The new driver pack offers varying degrees performance improvements for BioShock Infinite, Company of Heroes 2, Crysis 3, Grid Auto Sport, Murdered Soul Suspect, Plants vs. Zombies, Batman Arkham Origins, Wildstar, Tomb Raider, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV, Lichdom and Star Craft II.
Specifically, gamers can expect improvements of as little as five percent in Tomb Raider using Radeon R9 290 Series cards up to as much as 20 percent in Star Craft II with 290X cards. The update also improves CrossFire configuration scaling by as much as 92 percent in some instances.
Elsewhere, AMD has made a number of improvements to its Eyefinity multi-display setups. The driver enables control over alignment between adjacent monitors, one-click setup to create an Eyefinity display group and mixed resolution support.
Catalyst 14.9 also takes care of multiple bugs including geometry corruption in State of Decay, instability issues for Grid Auto Sport when running 2x1 or 1x2 Eyefinity configurations and screen tearing on CrossFire systems with Eyefinity portrait display configurations, just to name a few.
The full list of release notes can be found on AMD's website by clicking here. 32- and 64-bit versions of the drivers are available for Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Linux simply by clicking here.