Catalyst 9.3 drivers have Windows 7 support

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.

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    • albundy
    • 11 years ago

    windows 7 support? as in DirectX 11? I have yet to see any Shader Model 5.0 cards out there.

    • ThorAxe
    • 11 years ago

    These are the best drivers for me in Crysis Warhead so far:

    Catalyst 9.2
    02/21/2009 11:00:48 – Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

    DirectX 9.0c ENTHUSIAST 3X @ Map: ambush @ 0 1920 x 1200 AA 0x AF 16x
    ==> Framerate [ Min: 23.94 Max: 47.79 Avg: 40.16 ]

    Catalyst 9.3
    03/19/2009 20:23:11 – Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

    DirectX 9.0c ENTHUSIAST 3X @ Map: ambush @ 0 1920 x 1200 AA 0x AF 16x
    ==> Framerate [ Min: 25.73 Max: 53.05 Avg: 43.81 ]

    • Meadows
    • 11 years ago

    It might surprise you, but nVidia’s “older version number” doesn’t mean squat for Windows 7. I’ve tested it on multiple beta systems, their latest Vista drivers are underperforming in comparison to the W7 drivers. I hope they’ll unify them at some point though.

    • ltcommander.data
    • 11 years ago

    Should probably be known that this is supposed to be the last unified driver release supporting all GPUs going back DX9 R300 GPUs. Future DX9 GPUs will be supported in separate quarterly releases.

    Hopefully there aren’t any major bugs for older GPUs since they won’t be fixed for a while.

    • Hance
    • 11 years ago

    Hmmm time to upgrade my drivers and see if it fixes a couple of stability problems I have had. I went from a 9600GT Nvidia card to a 4870 and have had a few problems. I know they are ATI related because the same problems never showed up with the 9600. And yes it was a fresh install of windows for the ATI card.

    • delsydsoftware
    • 11 years ago

    Yay! They fixed fullscreen OpenGL Support!

      • Joshvar
      • 11 years ago

      Yup 😀 Hooray Quakelive 😀

    • bdwilcox
    • 11 years ago

    I wonder how long before the HDMI audio driver starts causing problems.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 11 years ago

      No problems here.

    • Farting Bob
    • 11 years ago

    Still no 64bit video encoding?
    And one of the main points of this release is increased performance in a tech demo??? I take it the driver programmers have decided to take it easy recently.

    • AMDisDEC
    • 11 years ago

    Include any 64-bit drivers for the All-In-Wonder?

      • eofpi
      • 11 years ago

      Or, for that matter, drivers for obscure laptop cards?

      My Thinkpad has a FireGL Mobility V5200 (r520 core) that’s impossible to find drivers for.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 11 years ago

        Both of those are legacy devices now. They’ll be getting quarterly driver updates rather than monthly.

          • AMDisDEC
          • 11 years ago

          Not the All-In-Wonder.
          AMD has totally abandoned it for 64-bit drivers.
          The capture portion of the cards cannot be seen under 64-bit OS due to ATIs proprietary architecture.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 11 years ago

            Unequal obsolescence was the reason that I purchased separate graphics and TV wonder cards rather than the All-in-Wonder.

            Perhaps you should upgrade to ATSC + clear QAM at this time?

    • Ratchet
    • 11 years ago

    /[<"Nvidia has been offering Windows 7 graphics drivers for some time"<]/ ...and so has AMD, since before NVIDIA has in fact. This isn't their first Win7 release.

      • xzelence
      • 11 years ago

      Yep. 8.12 Beta preview for Windows 7 back in January.

        • HurgyMcGurgyGurg
        • 11 years ago

        Yea, still using 8.12 on 7 here, guess this update is enough to get my lazy self to update.

        Or maybe its the carrot AMD is waving out there promising a performance boost for folding….

        • Meadows
        • 11 years ago

        Windows 7 beta _[

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 11 years ago

    That is really cool. Both the Windows 7 and HDMI features.

      • khands
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah, I was wondering when they were going to put that in, makes running your PC through a TV that much easier.

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