AMD Released Catalyst 15.7 WHQL Driver

/ 3 years ago


AMD released a new set of drivers, the Catalyst 15.7 WHQL driver suite. The new drivers add official support for the new AMD Radeon R9 300 and R9 Fury series of graphics cards, but it also comes with a lot of new features which mainly are aimed at Windows 10.

AMD describes the new release as “A Catalyst for Windows 10 and Direct X” and is said to unleash even more performance from your AMD hardware.

The new Catalyst 15.7 WHQL driver adds support for AMD FreeSync in Crossfire setups on DirectX 10 or newer. It also features virtual super-resolution and frame-rate target control in their full and official version. Every new driver also brings some new gaming profiles and this time is no different. The performance of Far Cry 4 and Tomb Raider has also been improved.

But the really interesting things are the FRTC and VSR. FRTC enables fine-tuning of your graphics card for a more stable and consistent performance in games. By limiting the maximum framerate, you lower the power consumption, thereby your electrical bill as well as heat and thereby noise. VSR in its essence renders the pictures larger than they need to be displayed and then scales them down for improved quality.

So if you got an AMD graphics card, you might want to head over to AMD and download the new drivers.

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5 Responses to “AMD Released Catalyst 15.7 WHQL Driver”
  1. So VSR is AMD’s version of DSR which nV has had for some time now?

    • Jonathan D Brown says:

      Guess so, but I’ve been using VSR for months and months. This is a roll out to support older cards.

      • I was watching the review of the Fury X on Tech of Tomorrow and he was making it sound like it was a new feature. I’ve got SLI 760’s and haven’t run an ATI/AMD card since ’03 so I haven’t kept up with their driver features.

        • Jonathan D Brown says:

          I think it came out for the last gen of cards but for the high end ones, they said they were going to make it happen on the previous gens of cards but that it would be later down the line (presumably the r9 200 cards were designed to make it easy and it proved more difficult to roll out for old hd7000 cards?)

          Is DSR available on all nvidia cards?

          • I know it’s an option on my GTX 470 but it doesn’t have enough VRAM to support it beyond 1080P. I’m not sure about the 2XX cards and earlier though although they’re all running under a gig of ram.

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