AMD has been releasing new graphics drivers at a frantic pace lately, and it shows no signs of stopping. Today, the firm has served up Catalyst 11.12 WHQL and Catalyst 12.1 preview drivers simultaneously. The two releases should satisfy users with different degrees of adventurousness.
AMD's Catalyst 11.12 drivers are certified by Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs, and they can be considered the stable, production-ready release. They introduce OpenGL 4.2 support, the ability to set up three HD3D displays in an Eyefinity config, and tweaks to make controlling Dual Graphics setups easier via the control panel. You can grab 'em from the usual place on AMD's website. Note, however, that the driver doesn't include the optimizations of the 11.11c preview release. (That release added CrossFire scaling support for Radeon HD 5000-series cards in Skryim.)
If you want the latest and greatest, you'll need the Catalyst 12.1 preview driver—but don't take our word for it. AMD's driver roll-out announcement says in bold letters, "It is highly recommended that all gamers use the AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview driver." The preview driver can be downloaded from this page on AMD's knowledge base website.
If I understand correctly, the 12.1 preview driver includes all of the enhancements from the 11.1c release, the 11.12 WHQL release, and some extra goodies on top of that. Those extra goodies include:
You'll find screenshots of the new control panel features in the image gallery below. The driver itself, as we said above, can be downloaded from the AMD knowledge base site.
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