AMD Catalyst 12.8 WHQL Software Suite Released

Any noteable benchmark performance increases?

AMD released the first WHQL-signed Catalyst drivers since June. Catalyst 12.8 WHQL is the first unified Catalyst driver certified for Windows 8, its release follows the RTM version of the operating system being available to enterprise and industry customers, ahead of the October 26 consumer retail launch. The driver introduces target-independent rasterization (TIR), an efficient new Direct3D rendering path. The driver also works to improve GPU power consumption. A suite of Windows 8-exclusive features, including native stereo 3D support and unified video API are included. Catalyst 12.8 WHQL also introduces performance-improvements specific to games, including up to 25% performance increase in Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, 10% in Dirt 3, 6% in Batman: Arkham City, and 3% in Battlefield 3. Several game-specific bugs were patched.

DOWNLOAD at TPU: AMD Catalyst 12.8 WHQL for Windows Vista, 7 and 8 (64-bit), Windows Vista, 7 and 8 (32-bit), Windows XP (32-bit), Windows XP (64-bit)


Christian Ney says:

nothing noticed in 3DM11 and Vantage

Setup is HD 7970 + 2600K

South Africa Vivi says:

This is great news :P. I almost raged at Futuremark for allowing a driver change on the last weekend of competition after everyone bought 680's. Almost thought everyone was gonna switch to 7970 and new driver on last second. But those scores make me happy

Canada Vinster says:

Thanks for the info Christian, is that your own graph or is it one that you have found on the web? Vin

Christian Ney says:

my own.
HD 7970 Gaming Performance: AMD Catalyst 12.6 WHQL & 12.7 Beta This is the last one published, the 12.8 will be published this week, waiting on marc to do the german part.

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