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 AMD Catalyst™ 15.7 Driver for Windows® Release Notes

Article Number: RN-WIN-CAT15-7

This article provides information on the latest posting of the AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite, AMD Catalyst™ 15.7.

This particular software suite updates the AMD Catalyst™ Display Driver and the AMD Catalyst™ 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™ 15.7 contains the following:

  • ​​AMD Catalyst™ Display Driver version 15.20.1046
​​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

  • This driver is not intended for use on AMD products running in Apple Boot Camp platforms. Users of these platforms should contact their manufacturer for driver support.
  • 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™ 15.7 Software Suite requires Windows® 7 Service Pack 1 to be installed.
  • The AMD Catalyst™ 15.7 Software Suite requires Microsoft® .NET Framework 4.5 to be installed. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is included in all AMD Catalyst™ packages.

AMD Product Compatibility

The AMD Catalyst™ 15.7 driver ​is compatible with the following AMD products.

AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility
​​AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury SeriesAMD Radeon™ R5 230 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 300 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 200 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 300 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 200 SeriesATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
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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 APU Product Family Compatibility

"Kaveri", "Godavari", and "Carrizo" series APUs are only supported by AMD Catalyst™ 15.7 on Windows® 7 (32 & 64-bit),  Windows® 8.1 64-bit and Windows® 10 (32 & 64-bit).

AMD APU Product Family Compatibility
DesktopMobile
A-Series with AMD Radeon™ R7 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 8000D Series
A-Series with AMD Radeon™ R6 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 7000D Series
A-Series with AMD Radeon™ R5 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 6000D Series
​A-Series with AMD Radeon™ R4 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 8000G Series
A-Series with AMD Radeon™ R3 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 7000G Series
​FX-8800P with AMD Radeon​ R7 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 6000G Series
E-Series AMD with  Radeon™ R2 Graphics


 

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™ 15.7 is designed to support the following Microsoft Windows platforms:

    • Windows® 10 (32 & 64-bit)
    • Windows® 8.1 (32 & 64-bit)
    • Windows® 7 SP1 or higher (32 & 64-bit)​

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 15.7 Windows Driver

Windows® 10 Support

This is a Technical Preview driver which contains product support for Windows® 10 as well as full WDDM 2.0 and DirectX® 12 support which is available on all Graphics Core Next (GCN) supported products, - AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 and newer graphics products.

This Technical Preview driver for Windows® 10 is provided "As Is".  Please note, some features have been disabled in this preview driver.  The official AMD driver offering full feature set support will be made available when Windows® 10 officially launches on July 29th, 2015.

 For more information on products supported please visit the Supported Products Tab and view the AMD Product Compatibility chart.

​NOTE: To ensure stability, users should upgrade to the latest available Windows® 10 Technical Preview build provided by Microsoft before installing AMD Catalyst™ 15.7.

​Virtual Super Resolution (VSR)

VSR provides image quality enhancements to games and Windows® desktop users by rendering images at a higher resolution and then down-scaling the same. VSR support has now been extended to the following products:

AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury SeriesAMD Radeon™ R9 280 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 390 SeriesAMD Radeon™ R9 270 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 380 SeriesAMD Radeon™ R7 260 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 370 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 360 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7800 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2AMD Radeon™ HD 7790 Series
​​​AMD Radeon™ R9 290 SeriesDesktop A-Series 7400K APUs and above


Below is a list of supported resolutions:

​Target Display TimingSupported VSR Modes​
1366 X 768 @ 60Hz1600 X 900
1920 X 1080
1600 X 900 @ 60Hz1920 X 1080
1920 X 1080 @ 60Hz2560 X 1440
3200 X 1800
3840 X 2160 (AMD Radeon™ R9 285, AMD Radeon™ R9 380 Series, AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series)
1920 X 1200 @ 60Hz2048 X 1536
2560 X 1600
3840 X 2400
(AMD Radeon™ R9 285, AMD Radeon™ R9 380 Series, AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series)
2560 X 1440 @ 60Hz3200 X 1800
1920 X 1080 @ 120Hz1920 X 1200 @ 120Hz
2048 X 1536 @ 120Hz


Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC)

FRTC allows the user to set a maximum frame rate when playing an application in full screen exclusive mode. This feature provides the following benefits:

    • Reduced GPU power consumption
    • Reduced system heat
    • Lower fan speeds and less noise

This feature is supported on applications using  DirectX® 10 or higher and on the following AMD graphics products:

AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury SeriesAMD Radeon™ R9 280 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 390 SeriesAMD Radeon™ R9 270 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 380 SeriesAMD Radeon™ R7 260 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 370 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 360 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7800 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2​​AMD Radeon™ HD 7700 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series

 AMD FreeSync™ and AMD CrossFire™ Support
    • ​​AMD FreeSync™ and AMD CrossFire™ can now be used together in applications using DirectX® 10 or higher. Please note, this feature is currently not supported on systems configured in AMD Dual Graphics mode.

AMD CrossFire™ Profile Enhancements

AMD Catalyst™ 15.7 includes enhancement for the following games since AMD Catalyst™ Omega:

    • Battlefield: Hardline
    • Evolve
    • Far Cry® 4
    • Lords of the Fallen
    • Project CARS
    • Total War: Attila
    • Alien: Isolation™
    • Assassin's Creed® Unity
    • Civilization®: Beyond Earth™
    • FIFA 2015
    • GRID Autosport
    • Ryse: Son of Rome
    • Talos Principle
    • The Crew
    • Grand Theft Auto V
    • Dying Light
    • The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt

Performance Optimizations versus AMD Catalyst™ Omega Driver

Single GPU performance on Windows® 8.1 based system:

    • Up to 7% in Far Cry® 4 on AMD Radeon™ R7 and AMD Radeon™ R9 200 series and up *
    • Up to 10% in Tomb Raider on AMD Radeon™ R7 and AMD Radeon™ R9 200 series and up *

Resolved Issues:

    • [413076] Second Life - Avatar rendering is corrupted when hardware skinning is enabled
    • [414307] Star Trek Online - Block corruption is observed if MSAA is enabled
    • [412702] A black screen is observed when setting up a 3x1 SLS with 3 HDMI monitors
    • [411847​] Leadwerks : A crash is observed with a "Pure Virtual Call" error message​
    • [410367]  System black hangs/BSOD upon resuming from S3/S4 sleep on AMD Radeon™ R9 285 configured in AMD CrossFire™ mode
    • [410293]  With AMD CrossFire™ enabled, Timeout Detection Recovery (TDR) occurs during actual gameplay when YouTube Mix moves to the next song in Firefox®
    • [407622] Screen tearing on enabling VSync with Alien: Isolation game
    • [407175] AMD Catalyst™ Control Center Video Quality settings may not be available or retained if the "Enforce Smooth Video Playback" option is not selected on some AMD Radeon™ HD Series graphics adapters.
    • [410398] A black screen may be experienced when attempting to enable Eyefinity after changing the display mode (Portrait, Landscape)
    • [410391] Primary display may not be retained after disabling AMD CrossFire™ while in AMD Eyefinity mode
    • [409705] Enabling or disabling AMD  CrossFire™ may lead to one side of the 4K MST display being shown as black
    • [410393] Minor stuttering may be seen in Dragon Age Inquisition on Single and Multi GPU configurations​

Known Issues: 

The following known issues only apply to systems using Windows® 8.1 or Windows® 7 SP1 and later:

    • [423410] The option to enable Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) is not available with certain AMD Radeon™ HD7800 series products
    • [422853] Some systems may experience minor performance drop from 15.15 to 15.20 in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with HairWorks enabled
    • [422800] Some Kaveri APU based systems may experience minor performance drop on PCMark8 video_group_chat & Casual Gaming tests
    • [422797] Display profiles are not retained after driver upgrade from 14.502 to 15.20
    • [422671] Flickering corruption occurs in Dirty Rally with Advanced Blending enabled
    • [422944] Fire in Total war Attila may experience corruption when in AMD CrossFire™ mode
    • [422621] With quad AMD CrossFire™ mode enabled, TDR or blank display occurs when launching DirectX® 9 application in full screen
    • [419871] BSOD observed when performing an express uninstall of the display driver in 4K resolution
    • [422056] 3DMark Farandole may crash when AMD Mantle is selected from the test suite
    • [422291] Battlefield 4 triggers TDR and crash when running in AMD Mantle mode
    • [422249] DLL missing popup message may be encountered when performing an express uninstall of the display driver. This will not impact the uninstall process
    • [422342] Cyberlink PowerDVD plays 3D content in 2D mode
    • [421570] Audio driver is banged out for non-primary ASIC after enabling CF and rebooting system
    •  [421719] Flickering and intermittent display blanking out with LG31MU97 if resolution is set above 1920x1080
    • [422675] Intermittent BSOD occurs when launching a race in Dirt Rally
    • [422674] Corruption may occur in Dirt Rally with CMAA enabled with Portrait SLS and AMD CrossFire™ mode enabled
    • [422672] Flickering corruption may occur in Dirty Rally when changing settings during gameplay
    • [422671] Flickering corruption may occur in Dirty Rally with Advanced Blending enabled
    • [421388] AMD Radeon™ R9 390 Series may experience screen corruption in 3Dmark11 "Deep Sea" Demo
    • [422806] Battlefield: Hardline crashes on pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del while running in AMD Mantle mode
    • [422623] Rage: In game cinematic may stutter when quad AMD Crossfire™ mode is enabled
    • [421110] The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt - Corruption may be observed when AA is enabled in AMD Crossfire™ mode

​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.

Footnotes:

* Tested with the following configuration: GIGABYTE X99-UD4 motherboard, Intel® Core i7 5960X (3.0GHz), 16GB DDR4-2666 MHz, AMD Radeon R9 290X , Windows® 8.1 64bit


Footnotes