AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta V2 Drivers Released

/ 3 years ago


AMD have released the second version of their Catalyst 13.8 beta driver to fix a tonne of issues generated with the first version of the beta drivers. The main changes in terms of boosted performance come with new titles like Saints Row 4 and Splinter Cell Blacklist. The new driver also adds to the CrossFire frame pacing issues generated in a handful of games like Tomb Raider and World of Warcraft. Below you can see the full release details. You can download the drivers below:


Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta2 Driver for Windows:

  • Saints Row 4: Performance improves up to 25% at 1920×1280 with Ultra settings enabled
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist: Performance improves up to 9% at 2560×1600 with Ultra settings enabled
  • Final Fantasy XIV:  Improves single GPU and CrossFire performance
  • Van Helsing:  Fixes  image quality issues when enabling Anti-Aliasing through the AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Far Cry 3 / Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon:  Resolve corruption when enabling Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center
  • RIPD:  Improves single GPU performance
  • Minimum:  Improves CrossFire performance
  • Castlevania Lords of Shadow:  Improves CrossFire performance
  • CrossFire:  Frame Pacing feature – includes improved performance in World of Warcraft, Sniper Elite, Watch Dogs, and Tomb Raider
  • Doom 3 BFG:  Corruption issues have been resolved

Known Issues of The AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta2 Driver for Windows:

  • CrossFire configurations (when used in combination with Overdrive) can result in the secondary GPU usage running at 99%
  • Enabling CrossFire can result in the PCI-e bus speed for the secondary GPU being reported as x1
  • Bioshock Infinite: New DLC can cause system hangs with Frame Pacing enabled – disable frame pacing for this title to resolve

Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta Driver for Windows:

  • Support for AMD CrossFire™ Frame Pacing
    • Frame Pacing ensures that frames rendered across multiple GPUs in a CrossFire configuration will be displayed at an even and regular pace.
    • Enabled through the AMD Catalyst Control Center; Globally or on a per application basis.
    • Frame Pacing is enabled by default.
    • Supported for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications, and resolutions up to and including 2560×1600 (single display).
  • OpenGL 4.3 support – full support for the OpenGL 4.3 feature set
  • Performance improvements found in AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta for Windows:
    • Metro: Last Light – improves performance up to 7% on the AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series
  • OpenGL support for User Profiles and Catalyst Application Profiles:
    • Users can now create per application 3D setting profiles for OpenGL applications.
    • OpenGL applications are now supported through Catalyst Application Profile updates (for single GPU and AMD CrossFire configurations).
  • AMD Enduro Technology enhancement – Catalyst Control Center will now show which applications are active on the Performance GPU, and the Power-Saving GPU
  • Resolved issues:
    • Resolved crash when enabling AMD CrossFireX™ on some AMD 970 platforms
    • Improved stability for AMD Radeon HD 7790
    • Resolved intermittent mouse cursor corruption when rapidly moving the cursor across window borders

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