AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta Download

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The AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta driver is notable release for us for a couple reasons:

  • Mantle is now enabled for notebooks based on AMD Enduro technology
  • Mixed-resolution AMD Eyefinity configurations are now supported for SLS
  • Performance improvements for Watch Dogs
  • Performance improvements for Murdered: Soul Suspect
Please read: Windows 8.1 is supported with this Beta driver whilst Windows 8 is not. 
  • Starting with AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta, AMD will no longer support Windows 8.0 (and the WDDM 1.2 driver)
  • Users should upgrade (for Free) to Windows 8.1 to take advantage of the new features found in the AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta
  • AMD Catalyst 14.4 will remain available for users who wish to remain on Windows 8
    • A future AMD Catalyst release will allow for the WDDM 1.1 (Windows 7 driver) to be installed under Windows 8.0 for those users unable to upgrade to Windows 8.1

Watch Dogs:

  • AMD Radeon R9 290X - 1920x1080 4xMSAA – improves up to 25%
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X - 2560x1600 4xMSAA – improves up to 28%
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra settings, MSAA = 4X) - 92% scaling

Murdered: Soul Suspect:

  • AMD Radeon R9 290X – 2560x1600 4xMSAA – improves up to 16%
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra settings, MSAA = 4X) - 93% scaling
  • AMD Eyefinity Verbesserungen:

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
  • Fill – legacy mode, best for identical monitors
  • Fit – create the Eyefinity surface using best available rectangular area with attached displays.
  • 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 desktops
  • 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 technologyEnables support for Multi-GPU configurations with Thief (requires the latest Thief update).
  • 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

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

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