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 AMD Catalyst™ 14.9 Windows® Release Notes

Article Number: RN-WIN-CAT14.9

  

AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite Version 14.9

This article provides information on the latest posting of the AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite, AMD Catalyst™ 14.9.

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™ 14.9 contains the following:

    • AMD Catalyst™ Display Driver version 14.301.1001
    • AMD Catalyst™ Control Center (version 14.301.1001)

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 14.9 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 14.9 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™ 14.9 is compatible with the following AMD products.

AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ R9 290 SeriesAMD Radeon™ R5 230 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 280 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 270 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 260 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 250 SeriesATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 240 Series 

 

AMD All-In-One Desktop Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ HD 7600A SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6600A Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 7450A SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6350A Series

 

AMD Embedded Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ E8860AMD Radeon™ E6460
AMD Radeon™ E6760 

 

AMD APU Product Family Compatibility
Desktop Mobile
A-Series AMD Radeon™ R7 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 8000G Series
A-Series AMD Radeon™ R6 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 7000G Series
A-Series AMD Radeon™ R5 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 6000G Series
A-Series AMD Radeon™ R3 Graphics 
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000D Series 
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000D Series 
AMD Radeon™ HD 6000D Series 

 

AMD Mobility Radeon™ Family Compatibility

AMD Catalyst Mobility is a notebook reference graphics driver with limited support for system vendor specific features.

AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ R9 M200 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7000M Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 M200 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6000M Series
AMD Radeon™ R5 M200 SeriesATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000M Series 

 

Compatible Operating Systems

The latest version of the AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite, AMD Catalyst™ 14.9 is designed to support the following Microsoft Windows platforms:

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

Highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 14.9 Windows Driver

    • Support for the AMD Radeon R9 285
    • Performance improvements (comparing AMD Catalyst 14.9 vs. AMD Catalyst 14.4)
      • 3DMark Sky Diver improvements
        • AMD A4 6300 – improves up to 4%
        • Enables AMD Dual Graphics / AMD CrossFire support
      • 3DMark Fire Strike
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series - improves up to 5% in Performance Preset
      • 3DMark11
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series / R9 270 Series - improves up to 4% in Entry and Performance Preset
      • BioShock Infinite
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series – 1920x1080 - improves up to 5%
      • Company of Heroes 2
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series - improves up to 8%
      • Crysis 3
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series / R9 270 Series – improves up to 10%
      • Grid Auto Sport
        • AMD CrossFire profile
      • Murdered Soul Suspect
        • AMD Radeon R9 290X (2560x1440, 4x MSAA, 16x AF) – improves up to 50%
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series / R9 270 Series – improves up to 6%
        • CrossFire configurations improve scaling up to 75%
      • Plants vs. Zombies (Direct3D performance improvements)
        • AMD Radeon R9 290X - 1920x1080 Ultra – improves up to 11%
        • AMD Radeon R9290X - 2560x1600 Ultra – improves up to  15%
        • AMD Radeon R9290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra)  - 92% scaling
      • Batman Arkham Origins:
        • AMD Radeon R9 290X (4x MSAA) – improves up to 20%
        • CrossFire configurations see up to a 70% gain in scaling
      • Wildstar
        • Power Xpress profile
        • Performance improvements to improve smoothness of application
        • Performance improves up to 30% on the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series of products for both single GPU and Multi-GPU configurations
      • Tomb Raider
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series – improves up to 5%
      • Watch Dogs
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series / R9 270 Series – improves up to 9%
        • AMD CrossFire – Frame pacing improvement
        • Improved CrossFire performance – up to 20%
      • Assassin's Creed IV
        • Improves CrossFire scaling (3840x2160 High Settings) up to 93%  (CrossFire scaling improvement of 25% compared to AMD Catalyst 14.4)
      • Lichdom
        • Improves performance for single GPU and Multi-GPU configurations
      • Star Craft II
        • AMD Radeon R9 290X (2560x1440, AA, 16x AF) – improves up to 20%
    • AMD Eyefinity enhancements
      • 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)
        • Users have a choice of how surface is created over the display group
          1. Fill – legacy mode, best for identical monitors
          2. Fit – create the Eyefinity surface using best available rectangular area with attached displays
          3. Expand – create a virtual Eyefinity surface using desktops as viewports onto the surface
      • Eyefinity Display Alignment
        • Enables control over alignment between adjacent monitors
      • One-Click Setup
        • Driver detects layout of extended desktop
          • 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
  • AMD Mantle enhancements
    • Mantle now supports AMD Mobile products with Enduro technology
      • 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
    • Enables support for Multi-GPU configurations with Thief (requires the latest Thief update)
  • 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

Resolved Issues

    • 60Hz SST flickering has been identified as an issue with non-standard display timings exhibited by the AOC  U2868PQU panel on certain AMD Radeon™ graphics cards. A software workaround has been implemented in the AMD Catalyst 14.9 driver to resolve the display timing issues with this display
      • Users seeing flickering issues in 60Hz SST mode are further encouraged to obtain newer display firmware from their monitor vendor that will resolve flickering at its origin. 
      • Users are additionally advised to utilize DisplayPort-certified cables to ensure the integrity of the DisplayPort data connection.
    • 4K panel flickering issues found on the AMD Radeon R9 290 Series and AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
    • Screen tearing observed on AMD CrossFire systems with Eyefinity portrait display configurations
    • Instability issues for Grid Autosport when running in 2x1 or 1x2 Eyefinity configurations
    • Geometry corruption in State of Decay

Known Issues

  • [404829]: Horizontal flashing lines on second screen in a clone mode with V-Sync on using AMD Mobility Graphics with Switchable Intel Graphics
  • [404508]: Display takes a long time to redraw the screen after an S4 cycle
  • [405432]: Mantle driver will TDR when running Star Swarm on the loading screen
  • [404660]: GPU gets stuck in a low power state after it was previously stressed to max power
  • [403032]: Severe flickering observed on default launch of SimCity 4
  • [403449]: Playing any media sample in full screen in the 2x1/1x2 Fill SLS configuration leads to TDR
  • [400573]: Intermittent application hang observed while launching Aliens vs. Predator
  • [400693]: While running performance test, crash is observed with fault module atidxx32.dll
  • [401386]: Severe corruption and flashing light observed with specific game settings in Grid 2
  • [401289]: Flashing lights in Batman Arkham Origins game main menu
  • [xxxxxx]: Driver installation randomly crashes or hangs
  • [xxxxxx]: Intermittent black screen or BSOD on reboot after driver installation
  • [406933]: AMD Catalyst™ Control Center intermittently crashes or fails to load

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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