Catalyst drivers

Catalyst drivers

They are doing it right. While having a sad history for losing battle in performance to NVIDIA and use of third party software to fix issues and overclocking AMD video cards. It took them years, but in 2012 AMD released Catalyst 12.11 drivers that optimized all 7000 series video cards received nice 7-90% performance boost of performance with all 3D applications. That was a unexpected surprise, we all looked at each other and said “this is awesome, its like Christmas in March”. It was nice because they started selling 7000 series before actual Christmas of 2012, good touch.

Most successful AMD drivers:

AMD Catalyst 14.7 Beta under test.
AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta V.1 Mantle Recommended. Full Mantle works only with application that support it.
You must be uninstall previous 11,12 or 13 catalyst control center. (Last Updates: 5/27/2014).
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AMD Catalyst 13.12 Beta drivers Recommended. Very stable khash/s and driver performance, no visible issues.
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AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta driver. It has issues. It may cause 10% performance drop.
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AMD Catalyst 13.10 Beta drivers. Recommended
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AMD Catalyst 13.6 Beta drivers.
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AMD Catalyst 13.5 Beta.
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AMD Catalyst 13.4 Beta. must be uninstalled before 13.5
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AMD Catalyst 13.3 Beta.
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AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta. Recommended.
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Installation Guide

When you run AMD_Catalyst_12.11_Beta11.exe orĀ amd_catalyst_13.5_beta2.exe it will extract to C:\AMD\ about 300Megabytes.

Recommended Video Settings

After installation you still want to RESET configuration settings to DEFAULT. Simply because features are different from earlier version. RESET, no harm done.
Adjust Anti-aliasing Method to Adaptive multisampling
Morphological Filtering: Off
Filtering to Standard
Frame Rate control Vertical Refresh: Off, unless Application specifies
OpenGL triple Buffering: On
Everything else set to Application settings it works better if an application graphics engine instructs your video card than any

Performance settings

If you are preparing to overclock your video card be prepared to loud fans. If you consider using Catalyst center as overclocking tool well you are at disadvantage and you will need to create multiple profiles for easier controls and monitor of your GPU and memory load as well as temperature. Switching between different overclocking profiles would be necessary to keep fan noise down and prolong life span of your fans.
When overclocking your video card focus on GPU Clock over Memory Clock, and to help you understand it better you should know that majority 3D applications and game would use under 1GB of GDDR, processing graphics on the other hand is full time job.
Begin by adjusting +100MHz 200MHz to GPU and +100MHz to memory clock would probably give your 5 to 10 FPS in a ULTRA High settings for a game or a 3D application, it is quite a difference. However temperature needs to be adjusted accordingly to keep temperature below 80 degrees Celsius and if you notice +85 Celsius Peak temperature than you should down-clock Core speed or increase fan speed, or it is time to clean your video card heat sink or all of the above. Be safe than sorry. The key is to be careful and make adjustments without overheating, AMD cores suffer performance lose due to heat damage, it has to do with amount silicon they use in production.
Critical GPU core temperature is 105+ C. Some people may suggest that running at 95+ C may be acceptable, but I disagree because of my experience with AMD chips. Either keep it under 85 or buy a new video card that would satisfy your needs.
Enable Graphics OverDriver
Allows you to High Performance GPU clock settings:
High Performance memory clock settings:
Enable manual fan control: Percent scale 20 to 100%
Power control Settings: Percent scale -20 to 100%

Audio settings

It was on by default for me, uncheck the “Notify me when audio displays are enabled/disabled”, if left check it will prompt you every time you plug or unplugged audio devices in most annoying way.

Display Color Digital Flat-Panel works well to adjust to adjust true color for any weird LCD screen that’s out of contrast.

History of ATI catalyst control is short, it was born in 2002 and in 2006 ATI was bought by AMD, the end.

List of video cards that benefited the most from new drivers:
Redeon HD 7750
Redeon HD 7770
Redeon HD 7790
Redeon HD 7850
Redeon HD 7850
Redeon HD 7870
Redeon HD 7950
Redeon HD 7970
Probably because they are PCIe 3.0 x16 cards and they sit on X58 or X79 chipsets.

List of video cards comparable with new catalyst control center:
AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 7000M Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6000M Series
AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series