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 AMD Catalyst™ 15.3 Beta Driver for Windows® Release Notes

Article Number: RN-WIN-15.3 BETA
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This article provides information on the latest posting of the AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite, AMD Catalyst™ 15.3 Beta.

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™ 15.3 Beta contains the following:

  • AMD Catalyst™ Display Driver version 14.502.1014

The AMD Catalyst™ 15.3 Beta Driver can be downloaded from the following links:

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 15.3 Beta Software Suite requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be installed.
  • The AMD Catalyst 15.3 Beta 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.

AMD Product Compatibility

The AMD Catalyst™ 15.3 Beta 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 APU Product Family Compatibility

Windows 8.1 32-bit with Kaveri APU is currently not supported by AMD Catalyst™ 15.3 Beta driver.

AMD APU Product Family Compatibility
DesktopMobile
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™ 15.3 Beta 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™ 15.3 Beta Windows Driver

AMD Freesync Support for single GPU product configurations

    • AMD Freesync technology support is now available for single GPU configurations. For more information on how Freesync works, FAQ's and what products are currently supported, please visit the  Freesync Technology Page

Mixed Rotation Eyefinity now available on Radeon R9 285 series

    • AMD Radeon R9 285 now supports Mixed Rotation Eyefinity for "0" and "90" degrees rotations
    • More information on setup, configuration and support for this feature is available at the following link:

New Crossfire Profiles for:

    • Battlefield Hardline
    • Evolve
    • Far Cry 4
    • Lords of the Fallen
    • Project Cars
    • Total War: Attila

Crossfire Profile Updates for :

    • Alien Isolation
    • Assassin's Creed Unity
    • Civilization - Beyond Earth
    • FIFA 2015
    • Grid Autosport
    • Ryse: Son of Rome
    • Talos Principle
    • The Crew

Important Note:

The AMD CrossFire™ profile for Dying Light is currently disabled in this driver while AMD works with Techland to investigate an issue where AMD CrossFire configurations are not performing as intended. An update is expected on this issue in the near future through an updated game patch or an AMD driver posting.

Resolved Issues:

    • [412702] Screens may blank out when enabling a 3x1 SLS with 3 HDMI monitors
    • [411847] Leadwerks : Project Manager crashes with a "Pure Virtual Function Call" error
    • [413076] Second Life : Rigged mesh objects are not rendered correctly when hardware skinning is enabled in the in game settings
    • [413392] Star Trek Online : Block corruption is experienced when MSAA is enabled in the in game settings
    • [410367] System 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] 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 HD series GPU's.
    • [410391] Primary display may not be retained after disabling Crossfire while in Eyefinity mode
    • [409705] Enabling or disabling 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​
    • [414660] Total War : Attilla - The game may hang during in game cinematics on certain Kaveri platforms with a separate discrete GPU
    • [414120] The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim : Fog / Clouds may flicker on Radeon HD 5800 series products

Known Issues:

    • [414653] Lord of Fallen : Flickering may be observed during gameplay on some 3D monitors
    • [414771] FIFA 2015 : On a limited number of AMD APU + AMD GPU configurations a crash may be experienced if the "No Limit on FPS" game option is enabled
    • [414752] Dragon Age inquisition : Random game crashes may be experienced in Mantle mode
    • [414583] The Catalyst Control Center may hang when using the 'Check for Updates" option
    • [414468] Battlefield 4 : Screen tearing / Stutter may be experienced in Three way Crossfire setup in Eyefinity mode
    • [410398] A black screen may be experienced when attempting to enable Eyefinity after changing the display mode (Portrait, Landscape)
    • [406495] Pull down detection fails to lock in Metro Video playback applications
    • [410255] A system restart or hang may be observed on sleep/resume while transcoding video with Media Espresso
    • [416109] Battlefield Hardline : Changing resolution from low to high and enabling Vsync may result in intermittent corruption and stutter. Restarting the game is a temporary solution to the problem
    • [414713] Some 5K displays may experience flickering on some AMD E-Series APU's
    • [414620] Frame drops may be experienced with Blu-Ray playback on certain AMD Kaveri APU's when connected to 5K displays
    • [415920] Total War: Attila - The game may randomly restart when first launched
    • [410336] The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Intermittent flickering may be observed when accessing the in game menu
    • [416363] Battlefield Hardline: The game may crash when launched on R9 285 series products with Crossfire and Mantle enabled
    • [416302] Battlefield Hardline: The game may crash on first launch when in High Performance mode
    • [416442] Freesync does not work after hotplugging the display with Windows Aero (DWM) off
      • A temporary workaround is to toggle Windows Aero on/off or by restarting Windows
    • [416441] Freesync is not enabled in Diablo III unless Vsync is enabled in the game
      • A temporary workaround is to enable Vsync in the game

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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