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 AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite Version 12.3 Release Notes

Last Updates: 3/28/2012
Article Number: 158
This article provides information on the latest posting of AMD’s software suite, AMD Catalyst™12.3. This particular software suite updates the AMD display driver and the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center/ AMD Vision Engine Control Center. This unified driver has been updated to provide an enhanced level of power, performance, and reliability.

Package Content

The AMD Catalyst software suite 12.3 contains the following: 

  • AMD display driver version 8.951
  • HydraVision™ for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7
  • Southbridge/IXP Driver
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center version 8.951 / AMD Vision Engine Control Center version 8.951 

Important! 

Caution!

 

  • The AMD Catalyst Control Center/ AMD Vision Engine Control Center requires that the Microsoft® .NET Framework SP1 be installed for Windows® XP and Windows Vista. Without .NET SP1 installed, the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center will not launch properly and the user will see an error message. 

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 Catalyst driver requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be installed.
  • These release notes provide information on the AMD display driver only. For information on the ATI 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/.
  • AMD Eyefinity technology gives 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 driver is compatible with the following AMD products.

 

AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility

AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series

ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series

ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series

ATI Radeon HD 4890 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7300 Series

ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series

ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series

ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6600 Series

ATI Radeon HD 4700 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6550D Series

ATI Radeon HD 4670 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6530D Series

ATI Radeon HD 4650 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6410D Series

ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6370D Series

ATI Radeon HD 4550 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6310D Series

ATI Radeon HD 4350 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6300 Series

ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6200 Series

ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series

ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series

ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series

ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series

ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series

ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series

ATI Radeon HD 2600 Series

ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series

ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series

 

AMD FireStream™ Product Families

AMD FireStream 9350

AMD FireStream 9250

AMD FireStream 9270

AMD FireStream 9170

 

 

AMD Chipset Product Families

ATI Radeon HD 4290

ATI Radeon 3200 Series

ATI Radeon HD 4250

ATI Radeon 3100 Series

ATI Radeon HD 4200 Series

ATI Radeon 3000 Series

ATI Radeon HD 3300 Series

 

AMD Mobility Product 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, users may have unwanted experiences.

The Installation Verification Software will prevent driver download on certain notebook products. This is to protect against the installing of drivers that may disable features or functionality provided by the system manufacturer. If unwanted behaviors occur while using Catalyst Mobility, 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 6900M Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6800M Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4100 Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6300M Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6300 Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3600 Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6200 Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5700 Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3100 Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5600 Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2700 Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5400 Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5100 Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 Series

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4800 Series

ATI PowerXpress™ enabled notebooks using AMD chipsets

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4600 Series

 

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4500 Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6620G Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6520G Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6480G Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6380G Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6310G Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6250G Series

 

                                              

The following notebooks are not compatible with this release:

  • Any notebook launched after this driver release
  • Switchable Graphics enabled notebooks
  • 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 is designed to support the following Microsoft® Windows platforms: 

  • Windows 7 32-bit version
  • Windows 7 64-bit version
  • Windows Vista 32-bit version
  • Windows Vista 64-bit version
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows XP Home Edition
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 12.3 Windows release includes: 

NEW FEATURES

Full Support for AMD Radeon HD 7000 series of products 

  • AMD Catalyst 12.3 now fully supports the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 and AMD Radeon HD 7700 series of products. 

RESOLVED ISSUES

 

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 12.3 software suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • AMD Catalyst Control Center startup issues/ delays have been resolved.
  • Tom Clancy HAWX: No longer crashes after task switching with MLAA (Morphological Anti-Aliasing) and Anti-Aliasing enabled.
  • Furmark Benchmark: No longer crashes when launched in High Performance mode.
  • Quake 4: No longer display corruption after task switching when run in High Performance mode.
  • XPlane: Textures no longer exhibit flicker and corruption.
  • Skyrim: No longer displays flickering and texture corruption.
  • Alan Wake: A system crash is no longer experienced when running the game in DirectX 9 mode with Crossfire enabled.
  • Far Cry 2: A random system hang is no longer experienced when running the game at high in game setting.

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista  Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 12.3 software suite for Windows Vista. These include:

  • AMD Catalyst Control Center startup issues/ delays have been resolved.
  • Enemy Territory Quake Wars : no longer exhibits random corruption.

KNOWN ISSUES

Known issues under the Windows 7 operating system

The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows 7 operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst. These include: 

  • Vsync may be disabled after task switching when playing Rage.
  • Enemy Territory Quake Wars may crash when launched in High Performance mode.
  • Crysis 2 may hang randomly when run in DirectX 11 mode.

Known issues under the Windows Vista operating system

The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst. These include:

 

  • The Catalyst Control Center may not display if launched while using WinDVD to play a BluRay disc.

Known issues under the Windows XP operating system

The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows XP operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst. These include:

 

  • The system may hang when playing Dirt 3 at maximum in-game settings.
  • The system may hang when launching Crysis – Warhead at maximum in game settings.
  • Dragon Age 2 may display random graphics corruption.

Installing the AMD Catalyst Software Driver

For further information and general help on software driver installation, game issues and more, visit AMD Customer Care.

Installation information can be found at: How to Install Your AMD Product.

AMD Catalyst Crew Driver Feedback

This driver release incorporates suggestions received through the AMD Catalyst Crew Driver Feedback program. To provide us with your feedback, visit Catalyst Crew Driver Feedback.


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