AMD has released a new set of Catalyst drivers for its Radeon graphics cards, and there’s a twist: Windows 7 is among the list of supported operating systems. You can download the Catalyst 9.3 driver suite for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows XP in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors right here on AMD’s Game website.
According to AMD, the Catalyst 9.3 release is “the industry’s first unified driver installation package to incorporate Windows™ 7 support, including Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.1 compliance.” Nvidia has been offering Windows 7 graphics drivers for some time, but they do have an older version number—and, to our knowledge, they don’t come out alongside the Vista and XP releases.
Windows 7 aside, the Catalyst 9.3 drivers offer purported performance improvements in Lost Planet: Colonies and the Unigine Tropics tech demo. More interestingly, AMD says folks who run Folding@Home on Radeon HD graphics cards can expect a “performance boost” with the latest client software.
AMD has also thrown in an HDMI audio driver for Windows Vista, which supports AMD graphics cards that have an HDMI connector but no third-party HDMI audio driver. The driver will be “automatically” included in all future Catalyst releases.