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AMD Releases Windows 8 Consumer Preview Catalyst Drivers

Posted by Christophor Rick (TheSuperGuido), Mar 03, 2012 12:05

AMD have just released the The AMD Catalyst Drivers Windows 8 Consumer Preview for Windows 8 32 and 64-bit editions. This applies to the below hardware ONLY*:Windows 8 preview AMD catalyst drivers

  • AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7000M Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 6000M Series
  • AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • AMD A-Series APU
  • AMD C-Series APU
  • AMD E-Series APU
  • AMD FirePro Series
  • AMD FIrePro 3D Series

*A future AMD Catalyst Windows 8 driver release will add support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series in the coming weeks.


Feature highlights:

  • Full WDDM 1.2 support
    • Native Stereo 3D support:  Windows 8 will natively support Stereo 3D for full-screen and windowed gaming and video applications
    • Unified Video API – Video playback is now integrated within the DirectX 11 API;  enabling simultaneous high quality Video and 3D content, and the potential for enhanced video transcoding performance
    • Optimized screen rotation
    • Improved sleep / resume performance
    • Optimized Power Consumption
    • Metro UI acceleration – Metro takes advantage of the latest capabilities found in AMD’s Graphics hardware
  • AMD Eyefinity
  • OpenCL
  • OpenGL
  • UVD
  • Dual Graphics / CrossFire
  • AMD Overdrive

The AMD Catalyst Drivers Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available for download from here.

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