AMD has released this year's first batch of Catalyst graphics drivers, showing no signs of veering off its now-traditional monthly release schedule. Downloadable from AMD's Game website, the Catalyst 10.1 release brings small performance improvements in a couple of games and, more importantly, a good number of bug fixes.
According to AMD, users of Radeon HD 5700-series graphics cards can expect frame rate increases of up to 3% in Left 4 Dead 2. Similar gains are in store for Crysis, too—up to 3% for 5700-series cards and 4% for their 5800-series cousins—in case anyone is still playing that game.
On the bug fixes front, AMD provided us with this handy list of highlights:
[Catalyst Control Center] The display order will now reflect changes properly when Eyefinity is re-arranged while desktop is rotated to portrait mode Hot unplugging one of the displays in an Eyefinity configuration no longer causes rotation modes to disappear from Catalyst Control Center [Catalyst Control Center] Enabling LCD Overdrive will no longer cause mouse cursor to magnify when moved overtop of the "Calibration Preview" Firefox now works properly and video no longer drop frames when playing Youtube clips with Adobe Flash Player 10 [Catalyst Control Center] Newly added custom modes will now appear properly in desktop area tree view Confirmation dialogue window will now appear when setting up Eyefinity mode 120 Hz is no longer missing from display modes for specific digital displays Overscan/underscan issue no longer occurs when setting displays to HDTV modes Performance drop no longer observed during some scenes of Resident Evil 5cinematics Blocky grass and trees no longer visible in Unigine "Heaven" in OpenGL mode
You can peruse a more detailed overview of bug fixes and remaining issues by checking out the official release notes in PDF format.