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 AMD Catalyst™ 13.12 Windows® Release Notes

Article Number: RN-WIN-C13.12

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AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite Version 13.12  

This article provides information on the latest posting of the AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite, AMD Catalyst™ 13.12.
This particular software suite updates the AMD Catalyst Display Driver and the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center.  This unified driver has been updated, and is designed to provide enhanced performance and reliability.

Package Contents

The AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite, AMD Catalyst™ 13.12 contains the following:

  • AMD Catalyst™ Display Driver version 13.251
  • HydraVision™ for Windows® 7
  • Southbridge/IXP Driver
  • AMD Catalyst™ Control Center (version 13.251)​
 

Installing The AMD Catalyst Software Driver

​For detailed instructions on how to correctly uninstall or install the AMD Catalyst Software Suite, please refer to the following support resources:

NOTES

  • ​When installing the AMD Catalyst Driver for Windows® operating system, the user must be logged on as Administrator, or have Administrator rights to complete the installation of the AMD Catalyst Driver.
  • The AMD Catalyst 13.12 Software Suite requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be installed.
  • These release notes provide information on the AMD Catalyst Display Driver only. For information on the AMD Multimedia Center™, HydraVision, HydraVision Basic Edition, Remote Wonder™, or the Southbridge/IXP driver, please refer to their respective release notes found at: http://support.amd.com/.
  • The AMD Catalyst 13.12 Software Suite requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 to be installed.  Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is included in all Catalyst packages.
  • AMD Eyefinity technology is designed to give gamers access to high display resolutions. As pixel count grows, the graphics “horsepower” required to drive the displays at a reasonable frame rate can increase dramatically. Depending on the game and system configuration, users may notice texture corruption and reduced frame rates when running games in multi-monitor Eyefinity modes.
  • Windows Driver Model (WDM) drivers are no longer bundled in the AMD Catalyst software suite. The WDM drivers install bundle can be downloaded independently through the AMD website.

 

AMD Product Compatibility

The AMD Catalyst™ 13.12​​ is compatible with the following AMD products.

AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility

AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6550D Series

AMD Radeon R9 280 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6530D Series

AMD Radeon R9 270 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series

AMD Radeon R7 260 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6410D Series

AMD Radeon R7 250 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6370D Series

AMD Radeon R7 240 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6310D Series

AMD Radeon™​ HD 7900 Series​

AMD Radeon HD 6300 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series​​

AMD Radeon HD 6200 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series

ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7660D Series

ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7560D Series

ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7300 Series

ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series

ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series

ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6600 Series

 



 

AMD Mobility Radeon™ Family Compatibility

AMD Catalyst Mobility is a notebook reference graphics driver with limited support for system vendor specific features. When used with Windows Vista or Windows 7, the user experience may be limited or compromised.

The Installation Verification Software is designed to prevent driver download on certain notebook products. This is to help protect against the installing of drivers that may disable features or functionality provided by the system manufacturer. When used with Windows Vista or Windows 7, the user experience may be limited or compromised. In such a situation, it is recommended to revert back to the driver provided by your system vendor for your specific platform. Please contact your system vendor for the most recent drivers for your notebook.

AMD Mobility Product Families

AMD Mobility Radeon™ HD 8000M Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5400 Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 7000M Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5100 Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6900M Series

AMD Radeon HD 6620G Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6800M Series

AMD Radeon HD 6520G Series

AMD Mobility  Radeon HD 6300M Series

AMD Radeon HD 6480G Series

AMD Mobility  Radeon HD 6300 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6380G Series

AMD Mobility  Radeon HD 6200 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6310G Series

AMD Mobility  Radeon HD 5800 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6250G Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5700 Series

 

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5600 Series

AMD PowerXpress™ enabled notebooks

 

using AMD chipsets

 

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)

 

Compatible Operating Systems

The latest version of the AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite, AMD Catalyst™ 13.12 is designed to support the following Microsoft Windows platforms:

  • Windows 8.1 (32 & 64-bit version)
  • Windows 8 (32 & 64-bit version)
  • Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit version with SP1 or higher)
  • Windows Vista (32 & 64-bit version)

 

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF AMD CATALYST™ 13.12

  • ​Support for the following new products:
    • AMD Radeon™ R9 290, 280, and 270 Series
    • AMD Radeon™ R7 260, 250, and 240 Series
  • ​Improved AMD CrossFire™​ scaling for the following game titles:
    • Call of Duty®: Ghosts (multiplayer component)
    • Splinter Cell Blacklist
    • Saints Row 4
    • Metro Last Light
  • ​New AMD Enduro™ Technology profiles for the following game titles:
    • ​XCOM: Enemy Unknown
    • Need for Speed Rivals
    • Total War™​: Rome 2
    • Battlefield 4
    • Saints Row 4
    • Splinter Cell Blacklist
    • FIFA 14
  • ​Support For AMD CrossFire frame pacing
    • Frame pacing ensures that frames rendered across multiple GPUs in an AMD CrossFire configuration will be displayed at an even and regular pace
    • Frame pacing is enabled through the AMD Catalyst Control Center, or on a per application basis
    • Frame pacing is supported on DirectX® 10 and DirectX 11 applications using resolutions up to (and including) 2560x1600 on a single display

 

RESOLVED ISSUES

  • ​​​May resolve intermittent black screens or display loss observed on some AMD Radeon™ R9 290X and AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics cards
  • Resolves intermittent crashes seen in legacy DirectX® 9 applications
  • AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series - Power Tune update to reduce variance of fan speed / RPM
  • PCI-E bus speed is no longer set to x1 on the secondary GPU when running in an AMD CrossFire configuration
  • Resolves incorrect HDMI Audio Driver information being listed in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Resolves AMD Steady Video option being grayed out in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Resolves intermittent flickering seen on some AMD Radeon R9 270X graphics cards
  • Resolves graphics corruption issues found in Starcraft®​
  • Resolves image corruption seen in Autodesk Investor 2014
  • Resolves flickering water corruption found in World of Warcraft®​
  • Resolves intermittent black screen when resuming from a S3/S4 sleep-state if the display is unplugged during the sleep-state on systems supporting AMD Enduro™ Technology
  • Resolves intermittent crashes experienced with Battlefield 4 on Windows 8 based systems
  • Resolves the display turning green when using Windows Media Player to view HD .avi format video in an extended desktop configuration
  • Resolves Metro applications experiencing frame drops during playback of interlaced video content
  • Resolves video playback corruption of .wmv format files in Windows Media Player

Known Issues:
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced with the AMD Catalyst Software Suite.

    • [378812]: Windows 8 Metro Applications do not run when Morphological AA is enabled in the Catalyst Control Center
    • [379732]: Choppy Blu-ray Playback on four DisplayPort out using Eyefinity 4x1 configuration
    • [388366]: System hang when going to S4 mode
    • [390674]: Hitman Absolution and Total War Rome2 DX11 show no improvement in in frame time with frame pacing and Quad CrossFire enabled
 

AMD Issue Reporting Form

This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the AMD Issue Reporting Form. To provide us with your feedback, visit the AMD Issue Reporting Form​.



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