AMD releases Catalyst 13.4 WHQL and 13.5 BETA drivers

AMD launched their 13.4 WHQL and 13.5 BETA drivers, just after the launch of Radeon HD 7990.

The new Catalyst Suite will install drivers and necessary utility for AMD Radeon powered GPUs and IGPs. The drivers include tweaks required to fix the frame latency issue and there’s a performance boost in Skyrim, Borderlands 2, Guild Wars 2, Tomb Raider and Hitman: Absolution.

The following are the feature highlights of AMD Catalyst 13.4:

  • Support added for AMD Radeon HD7790 and AMD Radeon HD 7990
  • Catalyst Driver optimizations to improve performance in Far Cry 3, Crysis 3, and 3DMark
  • Significantly improves latency performance in Skyrim, Borderlands 2, Guild Wars 2, Tomb Raider and Hitman Absolution
  • Performance gains seen with the entire AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series for the following:
    • Batman Arkham City (1920×1200): Performance improvements up to 5%
    • Borderlands 2 (2560×1600): Performance improvements up to 10%
    • Quake Wars (1920×1200): Performance improvements up to 13%
    • Hitman Absolution (2560×1600): Performance improvements up to 11%
    • Wolfenstein MP (1920×1080): Performance improvements up to 11%
    • Civilization V (2560×1600): Performance improvements up to 5%
  • Delivers support for the following OpenGL 4.3 features:
    • GL_ARB_compute_shader
    • GL_ARB_multi_draw_indirect
    • GL_ARB_shader_storage_buffer_object
    • GL_ARB_arrays_of_arrays
    • GL_ARB_clear_buffer_object
    • GL_ARB_ES3_compatibility
    • GL_ARB_explicit_uniform_location
    • GL_ARB_fragment_layer_viewport
    • GL_ARB_invalidate_subdata
    • GL_ARB_program_interface_query
    • GL_ARB_shader_image_size
    • GL_ARB_stencil_texturing
    • GL_ARB_texture_buffer_range
    • GL_ARB_texture_query_levels
    • GL_ARB_texture_storage_multisample

The following issues are resolved, according to AMD’s release notes:

  • With the Radeon HD7790 graphics card, corruption may be seen in the game Tomb Raider with TressFX enabled
  • Texture flickering may be observed in DirectX 9.0c enabled applications
  • Corruption observed in Tomb Raider with TressFX enabled for AMD Crossfire and single GPU system configurations
  • Corruption observed on objects and textures in the game, Call of Duty – Black Ops 2
  • Corruption observed in the game, Alan Wake (DirectX 9 Mode) when attempting to change in-game settings with Stereoscopic 3D using Tridef
  • Corruption observed on textures in the game, Battle Field: Bad Company 2 with forced anti-aliasing enabled
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 experiences screen flicker under Windows 8 based system
  • Horizontal line corruption may be observed with forced anti-aliasing enabled in the game, Dishonored
  • System hang may occur when scrolling through the game selection menu in the game, DiRT 3
  • F1 2012 may crash to desktop on systems supporting AMD PowerXpress (Enduro) Technology

The 13.4 WHQL Catalyst drivers are available for download here.

AMD also outed their 13.5 BETA drivers. Although they’re still in BETA, according to the release notes they fix the following issue:

  • Performance gains seen on the entire AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series for the following:
    • Far Cry 3: Improves performance up to 4% with Anti-Aliasing enabled
    • Shogun II: Improves performance up to 20% with 8x Anti-Aliasing enabled
    • Tomb Raider: Improves performance up to 6%
    • Bioshock: Improves performance up to 6%
    • Borderlands 2: Improves performance up to 17%
  • Corruption is no longer seen on the AMD Radeon HD 7790 when TressFX is enabled in Tomb Raider

The 1.35 BETA drivers are available for download here.

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