Along with the Windows 8 Release Preview, AMD has released Catalyst drivers for all its GPU owners who try MSFT’s new OS.
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Windows 8 Receives AMD Catalyst Drivers With Release Preview
AMD has released Catalyst drivers for Windows 8 Release Preview build. This makes sure all users with AMD GPUs running Windows 8 have access to features like Native 3D support, optimized screen rotation detection and also support for rotation-aware devices.
These official drivers also have other benefits because they are built for the platform. So using them make for lower GPU power consumption and improved sleep/resume performance on the platform. These will be especially helpful for those who are testing the Windows 8 Release Preview on laptops/notebooks and netbooks or any other mobile devices that rely on battery and discrete/embedded AMD GPU.
The new drivers also have support for WDDM 1.2 (Windows Display Driver Model 1.2) — a new addition to Windows 8. This has features such as pre-emptive multitasking, reduced memory footprint and also improve resource sharing. So it makes for overall better performance and stability.
However, since Windows 8 is still in Preview stage, there are still some issues that need to be dealt with for certain models. Radeon HD 7900, Radeon HD 7800, and the Radeon HD 7700 might have problems with DirectX 9 applications. They may be slower under Windows 8 than under Windows 7.
Similarly, CrossFireX configurations using Radeon HD 7900, Radeon HD 7800, and the Radeon HD 7700 might run DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 appliations slower under Windows 8 than under Windows 7.
The same three GPUs might cause the system to hang when used with OpenCL applications. Also, playing Blacklight Retribution with a CrossFire configuration under DirectX 11 mode might cause the system to crash when launching a 32bit application. Finally, Metro Video Player might cause video corruption during playback with AMD Catalyst drivers.
Other than supporting Radeon and FirePRo line of GPUs, there’s also support for A-, C- and E- series APU, CPU/GPU packages. Download new drivers, both 32bit 64bit, here