Catalyst 13.1
AMD Catalyst 13.1 WHQL

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Build Info:



Catalyst: 13.1

CCC: 2012.1219.1521.27485



OCL: 10.0.1084.4

Sign Date: January 11-16 (Microsoft WHQL)


AMD Catalyst Control Center: New 3D settings and profile management user interface:

AMD Catalyst 13.1 features a newly designed 3D application settings page, designed to allow users to more easily adjust and control their 3D settings on a per application basis.

Performance Highlights of AMD Catalyst 13.1 (vs. AMD Catalyst 12.10): Includes all of the performance improvements found in AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 11

Performance gains seen on the entire AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series:

All game were tested at high / extreme / ultra levels

Enhanced performance in Far Cry 3 (up to 25% with 8xMSAA, SSAO enabled @ 1600p, and up to 15% with 8xMSAA, HDAO enabled @1600p) (AMD Catalyst 12.11 CAP2 must also be installed)

Enhanced AMD CrossFire™ scaling performance in Call of Duty Black Ops 2

Up to 10%-15% more performance in Battlefield 3 in most cases

• More than 20% in certain missions and sequences (Comrades)

Up to 7% more performance in Metro 2033

Up to 10% more performance in DiRT Showdown

Up to 8% more performance in Sleeping Dogs

Up to 12% more performance in Civilization V

Up to 10% more performance in StarCraft II

Up to 8% more performance in Sniper Elite: V2

Up to 5% more performance in Max Payne 3

AMD Catalyst Mobility 7970M performance for AMD Enduro™ technology supported platforms has been improved for DirectX® 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications:

3DMark® 06 – Up to 6%

3DMark Vantage – Up to 15%

3DMark 11 – Up to 12%

AvP – Up to 11%

Battlefield 3 – Up to 25%

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Up to 13%

Crysis 2: Up to 45%

DiRT Showdown – Up to 62%

ETQW – Up to 8%

Hard Reset – Up to 8%

Just Cause 2 – Up to 90%

Mafia 2 – Up to 40%

The Chronicles of Riddick – Up to 4%

Shogun 2 – Up to 56%

StarCraft 2 – Up to 25%

Skyrim – Up to 45%

Sniper Elite V2 – Up to 60%

Tom Clancy’s HAWX – Up to 56%

Unigine Heaven – Up to 33%

Wolfenstein – Up to 9%

Resolved Issues for the Windows 8 / Windows 7 Operating Systems:

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 13.1 software suite.

A sporadic system hang encountered with a single AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPU seen on X58 and X79 chipsets.

An intermittent hang encountered with AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs in an AMD CrossFire + Eyefinity setup.

Missing fonts in XBMC

No video found in Media Player Classic Home Cinema when using full or half floating point processing

Skyrim lighting (missing a lighting pass) for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series

Skyrim cloud corruption experience in various in game locations

A hang playing Dishonored on the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series

Engine and memory clocks running too high when the GPU is idle.

GPU activity runs at lower values than expected seen on the AMD Radeon HD 7870.

Corruption seen in Darkness 2 and Carrier Command when using AMD CrossFire configurations

Adobe Premier Pro CS6 may fail to launch

Hang experienced with AMD Crossfire and Eyefinity enabled on X58 and X78 chipsets

Corel PaintShop Pro X3 – Hangs at the “Initializing Command Manager” window

Company of Heroes 2 – display corruption experienced when AA is enabled in the AMD Catalyst Control Center

Cyberlink Powerdirector 10 crashes intermittently.

Company of Heroes : Tales of Valor – Flickering experienced when AA is disabled

Max Payne 3 – Flickering experienced in DirectX 9 mode with forced AA enabled

Cyberlink PoweDVD 10 – crashes intermittently

VLC - Green texture corruption seen in 720p MPEG2 video clips

Black screen encountered when “Alternate DVI mode” is enabled in the AMD Catalyst Control Center

Green display corruption seen in Skype webcam video

Known Issues

The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced with the AMD Catalyst 13.1 software suite.

Known issues under the Windows 8 Operating System.

Sleeping Dogs – game may fail to launch in certain configurations

Known issues under the Windows 7 Operating System.

Shogun 2 – Total War : flickering experienced when game is run in medium quality mode

AMD Catalyst 13.1-Vista/7/8 »32-bit

AMD Catalyst 13.1-Vista/7/8 »64-bit

AMD Catalyst Mobility 13.1-Vista/7/8 »32-bit

AMD Catalyst Mobility 13.1-Vista/7/8 »64-bit


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I don't normally comment on AMD have been keeping a closer watch the past few months but I caught wind of a new memory manager for 13.2...

Andrew Dodd: "The driver does not yet contain the new video memory manager. Our intention is release a new driver in a few weeks, which does include the new Video memory manager, which will help resolve latency issues for DX11/DX10 applications."

That article I read also reveals AMD will be undertaking new testing procedures...

Andrew Dodd: "Up until this point we had mostly assumed that there were occasional flickers in frame rate, but we had thought these were related to the fact that modern games mostly have streaming architectures and limitations of scheduling in the OS. We definitely will start regular measurements to ensure we track improvements, and stop regressions. Long term, we want to work with game developers and Microsoft to ensure these kinds of latency issues don't keep cropping up."

Also here are the latency comparisons I combined, I had to change the colour to see it correctly once overlayed.

Converted those bar charts to line graphs for easier comparison. Notice the jump in latencies on the 12.11b8 whereas the new 13.2 beta's are far far lower.



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SMiThaYe, I was thinking to post that techreport article, but found that was not correct because their "review" is about 13.2 beta, and had decided to wait until AMD officialy launch 13.2.

But since you post, is Ok.

AMD should launch few more "optimizations" in the next weeks.


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So there is a progress, just not yet what we are expecting. Let's hope that AMD will have a much better drivers for the next series. Two most important things to fix: frame latency and power consumption.


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well amd team of drivers doing much better job than nvidia i guess


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