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Thursday, April 28, 2011
AMD Catalyst 11.4 Final Released


AMD's Catalyst 11.4 driver has obtained WHQL certification from Microsoft. The final graphics driver package is available for download at AMD's Game website.

The complete software suite updates both the AMD display driver, and the AMD Catalyst Control Center.

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 11.4 Windows release includes:

New Features:

Enhancements to the AMD VISION Engine Control Center / AMD Catalyst Control Center

- New task based Display Management controls - Simplifies the configuration of displays and display settings
- New Eyefinity setup group - Setting up an Eyefinity group is easier
- AMD Catalyst update notification (found within the Information Center) - This feature notifies users that new AMD Catalyst software packages are available

GPU Compute enhancements:

- The OpenCL runtime (included in AMD Catalyst 11.4) includes performance enhancements supporting zero-copy on APUs and increased performance for PCIe transfers between a CPU and discrete GPU.

Performance Enhancements

A number of performance enhancements are seen with the AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series:

- Call of Duty Black Ops - gains of up to 15% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single GPU configurations.
- Battleforge - gains of up to 15% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations.
- Batman Arkham Asylum - gains of up to 20% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations.
- Aliens vs. Predator - gains of up to 8% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations.
- Civilization 5 gains of up to 15% on single and multiple GPU configurations.
- Far Cry 2 - gains of up to 6% on single and multiple GPU configurations.
- Just Cause 2 - gains of up to 9% on single and multiple GPU configurations.
- Lost Planet 2 - gains of up to 10% on single and multiple GPU configurations.

For more details on the new features and the handful of bug fixes that have made it into the final 11.4 driver, check out AMD's official release notes.


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