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 AMD Catalyst™ 15.8 Beta Driver for Windows® Release Notes

Article Number: RN-WIN-15.8 BETA

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AMD Catalyst™ 15.8 Beta for Windows®

This article provides information on the latest posting of the AMD Catalyst™ Software Suite, AMD Catalyst™ 15.8 Beta Driver.

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™ 15.8 Beta Driver contains the following:

    • AMD Catalyst™ Display Driver version 15.201.1151

The AMD Catalyst™ 15.8 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 instructional 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 15.8 Beta Software Suite requires Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be installed.
  • The AMD Catalyst 15.8 Beta Software Suite requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 to be installed. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is included in all AMD Catalyst™ driver 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™ 15.8 Beta Driver is compatible with the following AMD products.

AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ R5 230 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 300 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 200 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R7 300 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R7 200 Series GraphicsATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series Graphics

 

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

 

AMD APU Product Family Compatibility

"Kaveri", "Godavari", and "Carrizo" series APUs are only supported by AMD Catalyst™ 15.8 Beta on Windows® 7 (32 & 64-bit),  Windows® 8.1 (64-bit) and Windows® 10 (64-bit).

AMD APU Product Family Compatibility
DesktopMobile
AMD A-Series APUs with Radeon™ R7 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 8000D Series Graphics
AMD A-Series APUswith Radeon™ R6 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 7000D Series Graphics
AMD A-Series APUs with Radeon™ R5 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 6000D Series Graphics
AMD A-Series APUswith Radeon™ R4 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 8000G Series Graphics
AMD A-Series APUs with Radeon™ R3 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 7000G Series Graphics
AMD FX-8800P APUs with AMD Radeon​ R7 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 6000G Series Graphics
AMD E-Series APUs 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 M300 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ R5 M200 Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R7 M300 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 8000M Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R5 M300 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 7000M Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R9 M200 Series GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 6000M Series Graphics
AMD Radeon™ R7 M200 Series GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5000 Series Graphics

 

Compatible Operating Systems

AMD Catalyst™ 15.8 Beta 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 AMD Catalyst™ 15.8 Beta Windows Driver

    • This driver provides support for the Oculus 0.7 SDK on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. More information on the Oculus 0.7 SDK can be found at the following link on the Oculus Developer site:

Performance Optimizations

    • Batman™: Arkham Knight - Performance and quality/stability updates
    • Ashes of the Singularity - Performance optimizations for DirectX® 12

Resolved Issues:

    • [424009] Adobe® Lightroom may crash if GPU rendering is enabled
    • [423336] Mouse cursor coordinates may be swapped on some 3x1 Eyefinity configurations
    • [421110] The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt - Corruption may be observed when AA is enabled in AMD CrossFire™ mode
    • [424127] The Firefox browser may crash while opening multiple tabs (2 or more)
    • [425168] Anti Aliasing settings are not retained after Applying in the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center
    • [425156] System hangs when launching Call of Duty® - Modern Warfare 3 or Diablo™ III
    • [424776] Metal Gear Solid® : Ground Zero may crash when launched
    • [425421] Call Of Duty®: Black Ops III - texture corruption observed when launched in DirectX® 11 mode
    • [425452] Sword Coast Legends - FRTC settings are not activated in the game
    • [411945] Project CARS may experience corruption when AA is set to D2SM
    • [425382] A green screen may be observed on some "Llano"/"Ontario" APU's when playing video under Windows 10
    • [424330] Watch Dogs™ may experience flickering / corruption after changing game resolution
    • [425440] AMD HDMI® Audio is disabled after driver installation
    • [423013] F1 2015™ may experience flickering during gameplay or in game benchmarking
    • [422551] Call of Duty® - Advanced Warfare may freeze randomly when run in Quad CrossFire mode
    • [424168] Text corruption observed when using Windows 10 Mapp application
    • [424222] System may hang when installing the driver on a Windows 10 system with 2 or more GPUs
    • [424710] "Device being used by another application" error is displayed when attempting audio playback on Windows 7 systems

Known Issues:

    • [423924] Unable to create an Eyefinity SLS if one of the displays is a MST display device
    • [423759] Unable to apply Fill mode in Eyefinity if 2560x1600 and 2560x1440 resolutions are used together
    • [425484] DiRT Rally™ crashes during gameplay and benchmarking when launched in DirectX 11® mode on some BENQ 144HZ Freesync monitors
    • [425496] Mad Max - Color corruption is observed when Alt+Ctrl+Del is pressed followed by the Escape key
    • [422806] Battlefield™ Hardline crashes on pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del while running in AMD Mantle mode
    • [422674] Corruption may occur in DiRT Rally™ with CMAA enabled with Portrait SLS and AMD CrossFire™ mode enabled
    • [425417] Windows 10 driver installation may halt on some systems with an AMD 990FX chipset and AMD CrossFire™ enabled
      • As a temporary workaround, please uninstall the existing driver before installing the AMD Catalyst™ 15.8 Beta driver
    • [425432] Some BENQ 144hz Freesync monitors may lose the signal while uninstalling the driver
    • [425659] Assassin's Creed® Unity may experience minor frame stutter when AMD CrossFire™ mode is 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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