AMD Catalyst 15.7 drivers add Windows 10 support, CrossFire for FreeSync, VSR support for more Radeon Rx 200 GPU

Windows 10 is fast approaching and AMD has just released a new graphics driver with the Catalyst 15.7. The newest version of the Radeon drivers feature several new functions, performance gains, and most importantly : support for Windows 10.

With Catalyst 15.7, AMD provides an unified driver for its Radeon graphics cards and supports the recently launched Radeon R9 and R7 300 as well the Radeon R9 X Fury and Fury versions of the upcoming series in addition to the existing Radeon graphics cards. This driver enables control of frame rate on older generation Radeon cards including the Radeon R9 200 and Radeon HD 7800/7900 and also adds extended support for VSR or Virtual Super Resolution which allows rendering a game in a higher than the screen resolution ( also called downsampling ). This mode is available for both the new Fury and Radeon R9/R7 300 series along with the older Radeon R9/R7 200 and Radeon HD 7800/7900 series. These new drivers enable FreeSync on Crossfire configurations with games using DirectX 10 or higher. AMD also reported GPU performance gains with Windows 7 including 8.1% for Far Cry 4 and Radeon R7 or R9 200 series (and newer cards). With the same cards, AMD also reported a 10% gain in performance on Tomb Raider. Crossfire users benefit from several improvements to recent games like The Witcher 3, Dying Light Project CARS GTA V or via profiles updated. As for Windows 10 support, AMD says it has a DirectX 12 driver supports WDDM 2.0 for its architecture cards Graphic Core Next (Radeon HD 7000 and later) but this driver is still considered a preview

Highlights for the Catalyst 15.7 driver :

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  • Ability to stream content at the highest resolutions (4K and beyond) thanks to hardware-based HEVC decoder(1)
  • Activating Microsoft® DirectX® 12 and AMD’s Freesync™ Technology will help make your games look great on your AMD-based PC running Windows® 10
  • Responsive resume times powered by AMD and Windows® 10 let you spend less time waiting and more time doing because your PC wakes up from sleep quickly.
  • Window Display Driver Model (WDDM) 2.0 works with Windows® 10 to reduce the driver workload on graphics hardware. Display modes can be changed quickly and without the bothersome flicker that Windows users had to endure in the past
  • Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) enables fine-tuning your graphics card for more stable and consistent performance in games with real-time frame rate control limiting the maximum frame rate during gameplay — and delivers the benefits of reduced system/GPU power consumption, lower system temps, and lower fan speeds for quieter operation.
    • Now supporting AMD Radeon™ R7 260 and above GPUS
  • Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) provides image quality enhancement to gamers and Windows desktop users (renders at high resolution then down-scales; giving effective Super Sample Anti-Aliasing):
    • VSR support has now been extended to the following products:
AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series AMD Radeon™ R9 280 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 390 Series AMD Radeon™ R9 270 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 380 Series AMD Radeon™ R7 260 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 370 Series AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 360 Series AMD Radeon™ HD 7800 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2 AMD Radeon™ HD 7790 Series
​​​AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series Desktop A-Series 7400K APUs and above

Below is a list of supported resolutions:

​Target Display Timing Supported VSR Modes​
1366 X 768 @ 60Hz 1600 X 900
1920 X 1080
1600 X 900 @ 60Hz 1920 X 1080
1920 X 1080 @ 60Hz 2560 X 1440
3200 X 1800
3840 X 2160 (AMD Radeon™ R9 285, AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series)
1920 X 1200 @ 60Hz 2048 X 1536
2560 X 1600
3840 X 2400 (AMD Radeon™ R9 285, AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series)
2560 X 1440 @ 60Hz 3200 X 1800
1920 X 1080 @ 120Hz 1920 X 1200 @ 120Hz
2048 X 1536 @ 120Hz

 

  • AMD FreeSync™ Technology eliminates screen tearing without lag and latency. And now it works in Crossfire™ mode! You just need a FreeSync capable AMD component and a FreeSync compatible monitor. The full list of announced monitors can he found here.

 

AMD Product Compatibility

The AMD Catalyst™ 15.7 driver ​is compatible with the following AMD products.

AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility
​​AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series AMD Radeon™ R5 230 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 300 Series AMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 200 Series AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 300 Series AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 200 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
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AMD All-In-One Desktop Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ HD 7600A Series AMD Radeon™ HD 6600A Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 7450A Series AMD Radeon™ HD 6350A Series

AMD APU Product Family Compatibility

“Kaveri”, “Godavari”, and “Carrizo” series APUs are only supported by AMD Catalyst™ 15.7 on Windows® 7 (32 & 64-bit) and Windows® 8.1 64-bit.

AMD APU Product Family Compatibility
Desktop Mobile
A-Series with AMD Radeon™ R7 Graphics AMD Radeon™ HD 8000D Series
A-Series with AMD Radeon™ R6 Graphics AMD Radeon™ HD 7000D Series
A-Series with AMD Radeon™ R5 Graphics AMD Radeon™ HD 6000D Series
​A-Series with AMD Radeon™ R4 Graphics AMD Radeon™ HD 8000G Series
A-Series with AMD Radeon™ R3 Graphics AMD Radeon™ HD 7000G Series
​FX-8800P with AMD Radeon​ R7 Graphics AMD Radeon™ HD 6000G Series
E-Series AMD 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 M200 Series AMD Radeon™ HD 7000M Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 M200 Series AMD Radeon™ HD 6000M Series
AMD Radeon™ R5 M200 Series ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000M Series

 

AMD CrossFire™ Profile Enhancements

AMD Catalyst™ 15.7 includes enhancement for the following games since AMD Catalyst™ Omega:

    • Battlefield: Hardline
    • Evolve
    • Far Cry® 4
    • Lords of the Fallen
    • Project CARS
    • Total War: Attila
    • Alien: Isolation™
    • Assassin’s Creed® Unity
    • Civilization®: Beyond Earth™
    • FIFA 2015
    • GRID Autosport
    • Ryse: Son of Rome
    • Talos Principle
    • The Crew
    • Grand Theft Auto V
    • Dying Light
    • The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt

Download Catalyst 15.7 drivers for Windows x64 8.1

Download Catalyst 15.7 drivers for Windows x86 8.1

Download Catalyst 15.7 drivers for Windows 10 x64

Download drivers Catalyst 15.7 Windows 10 x86

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“We are thrilled to deliver our latest driver upgrade, making customer experiences with Windows® 10 and AMD even more entertaining and intuitive than ever,” said Ari Rauch, corporate VP, Software Development for AMD. “The AMD Catalyst 15.7 driver enables a refined user experience, with better gaming, better streaming and video quality, and incredible efficiency, taking AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) state-of-the-art architecture to the next level.”

 Complete Release Notes : LINK

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