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are continually adding new partners to the Mantle development program. Check the official
Mantle page regularly for updates.
The initial releases of the Mantle API and graphics driver are intended for the PC platform only. However, one of the key goals of Mantle is to make it as easy as possible for developers to use the same features and programming techniques they are already utilizing for the new generation of game consoles when bringing their games to PCs. This enables better re-use of development efforts for multi-platform games.
DirectX® provides a standardized programming interface for GPUs, allowing the same code to work across a wide range of architectures and product configurations. Mantle complements DirectX® by providing a lower level of hardware abstraction for developers who want and need it, echoing the capabilities they have come to expect on dedicated game consoles.
Mantle was conceived and developed by AMD in partnership with leading game developers.
This enabled the fast and agile development required to validate the concepts and bring such the technology to life in a relatively short period of time. However, Mantle was designed in a way that makes it applicable to a range of modern GPU architectures. In the months ahead, we will be inviting more partners to participate in the development program, leading up to a public release of the specifications later in 2014. Our intention is for Mantle, or something that looks very much like it, to eventually become an industry standard applicable to multiple graphics architectures and platforms.
is an AMD initiative to create a new programming model that fully exploits the
capabilities of modern GPUs, like AMD Radeon™ products, to improve graphics
performance. As part of this initiative,
we have worked with leading game developers to create a new API specification
and graphics driver that enable this model on PCs with Graphics Core Next-based
Yes, AMD Catalyst™ 14.1 Beta (or later) must be installed on your system to take advantage of Mantle-enabled software.
Please see the official Mantle page for more details.
Mantle includes support for AMD Eyefinity™ technology if enabled by the
Mantle includes support for frame pacing in single and multi-GPU configurations
if enabled by the application.
At this time, the following
Graphics Core Next-based products are supported:
note that notebooks based on AMD PowerXpress™ and AMD Enduro technologies are
not currently supported. Support for these configurations will be added in a
later AMD Catalyst™ driver release.
Yes, the Mantle API enables applications to take advantage of workload sharing between multiple GPUs. However, this is controlled directly by the application instead of the graphics driver (as is the case with AMD CrossFire™ technology). This means that support for specific multi-GPU configurations and features are application-dependent, but it also enables developers to achieve better performance scaling and efficiency by tuning their implementation to match the particular needs of their rendering engine.
Mantle is still a young technology, you may encounter unexpected behavior while
gaming. Please visit our known
issues list to learn more about the issues we’re actively tracking, or
provide feedback on our official bug
report form if you encounter an unidentified issue.
design of Mantle was driven by feedback from leading game developers, who preferred
the idea of a fresh start with a new API to the extension and patching of
existing ones. However, we believe that
many of Mantle’s concepts are applicable to other graphics APIs, and will inspire
their future development.
have not set a final date for releasing a public SDK, but we will provide more
information later in 2014.
Performance benefits will vary depending on the characteristics of each application, and of the CPU & GPU it is run on. In general, the largest benefits will be seen in cases where CPU overhead has traditionally limited GPU throughput.
Mantle is about providing the tools to take the best advantage of the PC platform. As developers learn more about squeezing every bit of performance on the new generation of game consoles, their experience can translate into better optimizations with Mantle on PCs.
The initial iteration of Mantle is intended specifically for Windows on PCs.
There are several unannounced partners participating in the program; they will be revealed at a later date
AMD provides a generic driver for compatible laptops using Windows® 8 with support for AMD Mobility Radeon HD2000, 3000 and 4000 Series graphics cards. The driver is limited to WDDM 1.1 functionality. To dowload this driver, select from the options below:
NOTE: For laptops that are not compatible, the installation of the driver will fail and display an error message that states, "no compatible hardware was found." KB article
GPU-28041 helps to explain why it may be necessary to use the driver that is provided by the laptop manufacturer.
AMD Radeon™ Dual
Graphics is a form of AMD CrossFireX™ Technology and with the current solution
only displays from the 'master' graphics device (the one that monitors are
plugged into) are available. The other displays are disabled. To ensure your
displays remain available, make sure to connect your displays to the 'master'
graphics device. The 'master' device settings can be found in the AMD VISION
Engine Control Center, which is the user interface for the drivers and
AMD Radeon™ Dual
Graphics will support AMD Eyefinity Technology as long as your discrete GPU
supports AMD Eyefinity Technology and monitors are plugged into the discrete
AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics was designed for the latest Microsoft Windows operating system; this allows AMD to focus resources on providing an optimal user experience on the latest platform technology. AMD encourages users to upgrade to the latest operating system to take full advantage of the features and benefits of Windows 7 (including DirectX® 10 & Direct® 11) to ensure users get the best performance for what they do with their PC. For users that continue to use Windows XP and previous versions, dual graphics combined performance functionality will be disabled and the fastest graphics engine will perform those tasks.
AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics was designed only for the latest DirectX® levels to allow AMD to focus resources on providing an optimal user experience on the latest graphics technologies. AMD encourages users to take advantage of these and numerous other innovations that have come to market recently by upgrading system hardware.
AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series graphics, found in both AMD A-Series APUs and discrete video cards, are designed to deliver the best possible DirectX® 11 experience. As such, the dual graphics performance increase is applicable to select DirectX® 11 & DirectX® 10 enabled applications. For DirectX® 9 applications, the combined performance will be disabled and the fastest graphics engine will perform those tasks; however, users will still experience the speed and performance of AMD Radeon™ graphics.
For best performance,
AMD recommends plugging the display into your discrete graphics card. This will
ensure that even applications that do not take advantage of AMD Radeon™ Dual
Graphics will still be able to run on the faster graphics card in your system.
However, to be more accurate, we recommend that you plug your monitor into the
AMD Radeon™ graphics with the higher model number. If that is your APU, plug
into the motherboard, if it is your discrete graphics card, plug into that.
To take advantage of AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics, you must use a compatible AMD A-Series APU to pair with your supported AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series card. After installation of your graphics card, install the latest AMD graphics drivers. After driver installation, the option to enable AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics should become available in the AMD VISION Engine Control Center.
Once installed, go into the "Performance" section of the AMD VISION Engine Control Center and check the box that says 'Enable Crossfire™' - this will allow the AMD A-Series APU graphics to work in tandem with the select AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series GPU installed for increased graphics performance.
There are two main
ways to find out if your system can support AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics. One, you
can go to www.amd.com/dualgraphics
and get the latest information, including all supported discrete GPUs. Two, if
you purchase an AMD A-Series APU for your desktop PC as an individual
processor-in-a-box (PIB), the right hand panel will show the supported discrete
GPUs for that particular APU model.
The Clone (presentation), Extended, and AMD Eyefinity technology modes can be enabled on each of the installed graphics card by running AMD Crossfire™ technology on your system. Multiple monitor setups can be configured through the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center or AMD VISION Engine Control Center.
Here is a brief description of each mode and its function:
Clone (Presentation) Mode
Note: Clone mode does not clone displays on different graphics cards. Clone mode only works on displays that are connected to the same graphics cards.
AMD Eyefinity Group Mode
Note: The AMD Eyefinity group mode is not available under the Microsoft® Windows XP operating system.
For more information on the AMD Eyefinity Group Configuration, please also read our Setting up AMD Eyefinity Technology Display Groups knowledgebase article.
AMD Crossfire™ technology enables the output connectors on the primary graphics card. The primary graphics card is the one located closest to the CPU.
Although the graphics card has three display connectors, it can only output two video signals simultaneously. This is because two of the three output connectors share one video signal and therefore, the graphics card can only support a maximum of two displays. The display output combinations that can be achieved are dependent on the specific make and model of the graphics card.
To test which output combinations are possible with the graphics card, connect the displays to the graphics card and launch the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center. If only one display can be enabled inside the AMD Catalyst Control Center, the video signal is being shared by the two connected outputs. Moving one of the displays to the other available output connector should allow both displays to work simultaneously.
AMD recommends using only the accessories that came with the graphics card. If the splitter came bundled with the graphics card, then it should be compatible and may be used to support different display modes. Information on supported modes and configurations should be found on the graphics card manufacturer's website.
A list of AMD partner manufacturers can be found here.
For 3rd party splitters that were purchased separately, AMD doesn't guarantee compatibility or functionality. Please consult with the splitter manufacturer for assistance.