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 :
- 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 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
“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