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It is that time of the month again, when Advanced Micro Devices walks forth and releases a new driver for its consumer graphics solutions.

AMD has unleashed the Catalyst software suite 12.1, which includes the AMD display driver version 8.93 and a few other things.

The AMD Catalyst Control Center version 8.93 / AMD Vision Engine Control Center version 8.93 is one of the other components.

The others are a new Southbridge/IXP Driver and HydraVision for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

No large list of game frame rate improvements will be found.

On the flip side, a number of issues were resolved in Windows Vista and Windows 7, for titles like Quake Wars, Dirt 2, Crysis 2, Alien vs. Predator, Lost Planet 2, Rage, Dragon Age 2, Starcraft 2, Metro 2033 and World of Warcraft, among others.

Owners of AMD APUs and/or graphics cards would do well to read through the whole change log of whatever version of the driver is compatible with their system.

That said, games weren't all that the Sunnyvale, California-based company looked at.

The AMD Catalyst Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center, for one, got some enhancements, such as the possibility to create distinct profiles for each application (for individual control of Direct3D and CrossFireX settings).

Secondly, the “Restore Factory Defaults” option under the Catalyst Control Center Preferences menu ensures that no compatibility issues arise between previous drivers and the 12.1 Preview driver (the option should be selected before using the new application profiles feature).

Finally, the AMD HD3D technology is now supported with AMD CrossFireX setups and may deliver in Stereo 3D mode over HDMI 1.4a (1080p, 30Hz).

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Valentin N

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Seems like a important update.

I can says that people should stays with the current version that they have unless the it's causing problem.

Don't forget to first uninstall the current one and then the new one.
 

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# Feature Highlights :
* AMD’s first logo certified driver for Windows 8 production featuring support for the DirectX® 11.1 and the new WDDM 1.2 driver model:
- Target-Independent Rasterization (TIR): TIR is a new rendering path that enables superior anti-aliasing in Direct3D driver applications.
- Native Stereo 3D Support: Windows 8 natively supports stereoscopic 3D gaming and videos via compatible applications.
- Unified Video API: Video playback has been integrated into the DirectX 11 API, enabling simultaneous video and gaming content. Transcoding performance may also be improved for supporting applications.
- Optimized screen rotation for rotation aware devices.
- Improved sleep/resume performance.
- Optimized GPU power consumption.
- Support for AMD features
> AMD Eyefinity
> OpenCL™
> OpenGL
> UVD
> AMD Dual Graphics / AMD CrossFire™ Technology
> AMD Overdrive
> AMD Catalyst Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center
# Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
* Over/underscan settings are correctly restored on system reboot
* SolidWorks: Graphical corruption is no longer experienced
* Crysis Warhead: No longer crashes when launched in DirectX 10 mode
* System no longer hangs when resuming from sleep mode
* Audio is no longer disabled if the connected HDTV Is switched off/on
* Enabling dual graphics mode with a HD 7000 series product no longer displays green video playback
* Call of Duty- Black Ops : No longer hangs when loading a mission in DirectX 9 mode with Crossfire enabled
* Shogun 2: Flickering text is no longer experienced
* Star Wars – The Old Republic: In game cinematics no longer experience flicker when using the arrow keys
* Dirt Showdown: 8-Ball track no longer hangs with AMD Crossfire functionality enabled
* Max Payne 3: A black screen is no longer observed when launching game in DirectX 11 mode with AMD Crossfire functionality enabled
* Max Payne 3: Applying in game settings no longer causes the game to crash
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