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Catalyst 14.6 Beta
AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta

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AM​​D Catalyst 14.6 Beta

This early 14.6 Beta driver from AMD has improved Nvidia title Watch Dogs performance by up to 28% with CF support, AMD title Murdered: Soul Suspect performance is up to 16% with CF support, Eyefinity has features a host of new technologies for mixed resolutions, new color and display options to control each display options, Mantle support for Enduro and performance improvements for 8970M, and APU JPEG acceleration.
 
In addition to this summary it is important to note for those running Windows 8.0 that as most developers are winding down support for this OS, AMD will be ending support for Windows 8.0 too in 14.6 beta onwards and is shifting support to Windows 8.1. If you wish to continue using Windows 8.0 you have to stay on 14.4 drivers.

Build Info
Driver Packaging Version: 14.20-140522a-172180E
Catalyst Version: 14.6
2D Version: 8.01.01.1407
Direct3D Version: 9.14.10.01044
OpenGL Version: 6.14.10.12967
OpenCL Version: ???
Mantle: 9.1.10.0020
Catalyst Control Center Version: 2014.0522.2157.37579
AMD Audio Driver Version: 9.0.0.9905

NOTE! This Catalyst Driver is provided "AS IS", and under the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement provided therewith.​
 
Please read the notes below, provides good to-the-point information on these new drivers.
 
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Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta Driver for Windows
  • Watch Dogs
    ○ AMD Radeon R9 290X - 1920x1080 4xMSAA – improves up to 25%
    ○ AMD Radeon R9 290X - 2560x1600 4xMSAA – improves up to 28%
    ○ AMD Radeon R9 290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra settings, MSAA = 4X) - 92% scaling
     
  • Murdered: Soul Suspect
    ○ AMD Radeon R9 290X – 2560x1600 4xMSAA – improves up to 16%
    ○ AMD Radeon R9 290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra settings, MSAA = 4X) - 93% scaling
     
  • AMD Eyefinity (Mixed Resolution Support: A new architecture providing brand new capabilities)
    ○ Display groups can be created with monitors of different resolution (including difference sizes and shapes)
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    ○ Users have a choice of how surface is created over the display group
    - FILL: legacy mode, best for identical monitors
    - FIT: create the Eyefinity surface using best available rectangular area with attached displays.
    - EXPAND: create a virtual Eyefinity surface using desktops as viewports onto the surface.
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    ○ Eyefinity Display Alignment
    - Enables control over alignment between adjacent monitors
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    ○ One-Click Setup
    - Driver detects layout of extended desktops
    - Can create Eyefinity display group using this layout in one click!
     
  • New user controls for video color and display settings
    ○ Greater control over Video Color Management
    - Controls have been expanded from a single slider for controlling Boost and Hue to per color axis

    ○ Color depth control for Digital Flat Panels (available on supported HDMI and DP displays)
    - Allows users to select different color depths per resolution and display
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  • AMD Mantle enhancements
    ○ Mantle now supports AMD Mobile products with Enduro technology
    ○ Enables support for Multi-GPU configurations with Thief (requires the latest Thief update)
    ○ Battlefield 4: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1366x768; high settings) – 21% gain
    ○ Thief: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1920x1080; high settings) – 14% gain
    ○ Star Swarm: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1920x1080; medium settings) – 274% gain
     
  • AMD AM1 JPEG decoding acceleration
    ○ JPEG decoding acceleration was first enabled on the A10 APU Series in AMD Catalyst 14.1 beta, and has now been extended to the AMD AM1 Platform
    ○ Provides fast JPEG decompression
    ○ Provides Power Efficiency for JPEG decompression
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Known Issues

AMD has droped support for Windows 8.0 earlier than the 2016 deadline from Microsoft for the 14.6 beta version onwards, update to Windows 8.1.
 

  • Running Watch Dogs with a R9 280X CrossFire configuration may result in the application running in CrossFire software compositing mode
  • Enabling Temporal SMAA in the AMD Catalyst Control center under a CrossFire configuration when playing Watch Dogs will result in Flickering
  • AMD CrossFire configurations with Eyefinity enabled will see application stability with BattleField 4 or Thief when running Mantle
  • Catalyst Install Manager text is covered by Express/Custom radio button text
  • Express Uninstall does not remove C:Program Files(AMD or ATI) folder

 



System Requirements:

  • Windows 8.1 (32 & 64-bit versions)
  • Windows 8 (32 & 64-bit versions) << Support has ended
  • Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit versions with SP1 or higher)

AMD Product Compatibility:
click spoiler for supported products

Desktop Discrete

AMD Radeon R9 200 Series

AMD Radeon R7 200 Series​​​

AMD Radeon R5 200 Series​​​
AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series​​

AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series

​​ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series​

 

Desktop APU

AMD A10 Series APU

AMD A8 Series APU

AMD A6 Series APU

AMD A4 Series APU

AMD Radeon HD 8000D Series

AMD Radeon HD 7000D Series

AMD Radeon  HD 6000D Series

AMD E2-3000 APU (AMD Radeon HD 8280)

AMD E1-2500 APU (AMD Radeon HD 8240)

AMD E2-2000 APU (AMD Radeon HD 7340)

AMD E1-1200 APU (AMD Radeon HD 7310)

AMD E2-1800 APU (AMD Radeon HD 7340)

AMD E1-300 APU (AMD Radeon HD 6310)

 

Notebook Discrete

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 8000M Series


AMD Mobility Radeon HD 7000M Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6000M Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6000 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series
AMD PowerXpress enabled notebooks using AMD chipsets​

 

Notebook / Tablet APU

Notebook APUs

AMD A10 Series APU

AMD A8 Series APU

AMD A6 Series APU

AMD A4 Series APU

AMD Radeon HD 8000G Series

AMD Radeon HD 7000G Series

AMD Radeon  HD 6000G Series

AMD A10-5745M
AMD A10-4657M
AMD A10-4655M
AMD A8-4557M
AMD A8-4555M
AMD A8-5545M
AMD A6-5345M
AMD A6-4455M
AMD A6-5200
AMD A4-4455M
AMD A4-5000
AMD A4-4355M

AMD E2-3000

AMD E2-2000

AMD E2-1800

AMD E1-2500

AMD E1-2100

AMD E1-1500

AMD E1-1500

AMD E1-1200

AMD E-300

AMD C-70

AMD C-60

AMD PowerXpress™ enabled notebooks using AMD chipsets

 

Tablet APUs

AMD A6-1450 utilizing AMD Mobility Radeon HD 8250
AMD A4-1250 utilizing AMD Mobility Radeon HD 8210
AMD A4-1200 utilizing AMD Mobility Radeon HD 8180
AMD Z-60
AMD Z-01

 

 

 

The following notebooks are not compatible with this release:

  • Any notebook launched after this driver release
  • Toshiba notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
  • Sony VAIO notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)
  • Panasonic notebooks (please contact the notebook OEM for driver support for these notebooks)

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Edited by SMiThaYe
Updated Known Issues, added supported APUs and updated supported GPUs list.
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