ATI releases Catalyst 6.12 drivers

The December Catalyst driver update for ATI’s Radeon graphics cards has been released and is now available for download. With this 6.12 release, ATI says it has introduced support for DirectX video acceleration with CrossFire multi-GPU configurations. Users of some CrossFire systems were previously forced to disable CrossFire in order to use one of their graphics cards to accelerate video. The knowledge base article about the subject seems to classify this shortcoming as a bug rather than a missing feature, though. We sent ATI an e-mail asking for clarification, but we haven’t received a reply yet.

CrossFire and video acceleration aside, ATI mentions no performance improvements in this particular driver update. However, a number of bugs were fixed in Black & White 2, Neverwinter Nights, the Catalyst Control Center, and other miscellaneous applications. Detailed release notes for the new drivers are available here.

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    • indeego
    • 14 years ago

    Right after installg{<...<}g b{

    • Tarx
    • 14 years ago

    Don’t bother with these drivers if you are using GPU accelerated folding.
    “The 6.12’s are known to have a compiler bug. This may only effect certain chips as I only have a X1900 and X1800 to test with, but both fail and the failures have been reproduced at ATI and should be fixed in 7.1”
    §[<http://forum.folding-community.org/viewtopic.php?t=17276<]§

    • crabjokeman
    • 14 years ago

    Have they got fixed aspect scaling working yet so that those of us with widescreens don’t have non-widescreen resolutions stretched?
    (*Me looks through release notes*)

    Yeah, I didn’t think so…

      • Flying Fox
      • 14 years ago

      Should have gotten a monitor that has built-in aspect scaling, like the Dells. 🙂

    • Vrock
    • 14 years ago

    q[

      • Vhalidictes
      • 14 years ago

      I agree, Vrock – the best part of the CCC is the system tray applet that lets you change settings without opening it.

      It’s really too bad that the (now) high-quality driver set is being bogged down by it’s own control software.

      In other news, I’m soon going to build my Intel powered AMD system – who says you can’t get Conroe performance with a AMD PC?

      I’ve got the X1900 XT, now all I need is the RD600 Asus board and I’m all set…

    • Shintai
    • 14 years ago

    Yumyum..new Vista drivers too. Then they might stop crashing every 2-3days. (No BSOD, vista just restart the driver). Still no CrossFire for Vista, not that I care. But then people are warned.

      • Saribro
      • 14 years ago

      q[

        • Shintai
        • 14 years ago

        No, mostly when I play with multiscreens. Like tunring on TV, remove/add clone or extend. It never crashed under gaming yet.

          • Saribro
          • 14 years ago

          No, no, I didn’t mean it like that. Not “when does the driver crash?” but “what happens when the driver crashes?”. Is the restart of the driver very noticable, or is it relatively smooth, or perhaps something totally different,… ?

            • Shintai
            • 14 years ago

            Very smooth. The screen blinks for less than a second and the driver is restarted and you get a tray notification that its been so.

            • Saribro
            • 14 years ago

            Hmm, very cool.
            Thanks.

    • format_C
    • 14 years ago

    Since I installed these, Everest reports a 15°C increase in idle GPU temp… :/

    • Palek
    • 14 years ago

    Those three Crossfire users worldwide will be really happy when they hear this. ; )

      • Sargent Duck
      • 14 years ago

      They’re catching up to all 5 SLI users.

        • moose17145
        • 14 years ago

        OOOoooOOOO NVidia watch out! Rawr…

    • tempeteduson
    • 14 years ago

    Finally you can watch a DVD without having to disable CrossFire. Should have been there from the start.

    Oh, and CCC ought to die.

    • Proesterchen
    • 14 years ago

    Who’s that “Ati”, Cyril, and why did it release a set of AMD drivers?

      • Cyril
      • 14 years ago

      I’m pretty sure ATI is an AMD division that makes graphics cards and drivers for those cards.

        • eitje
        • 14 years ago

        §[<http://ati.amd.com/<]§ yeah, it DOES seem that there are ATI products and technologies that AMD owns. strange.

          • indeego
          • 14 years ago

          You can’t even get the drivers off AMD’s main site–>driver’s site, you have to click on ATI products firstg{<.<}g

    • spuppy
    • 14 years ago

    Hmm I thought I downloaded these a week or so ago…

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