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AMD rilascia i catalyst 14.9 WHQL

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AMD rilascia un nuovo set di driver Catalyst per schede grafiche della Radeon, la nuova release di driver è la 14.9 WHQL. Il produttore introduce diverse ottimizzazioni aumentando di fatto le prestazioni con i titoli recenti come Batman Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4 (Mantle mode), BioShock Infinite, Company of Heroes 2, Crysis 3, Murdered Soul Suspect, Plants vs. Zombies, StarCraft II, Star Swarm (Mantle mode), Thief (Mantle mode), Tomb Raider, Watch Dogs e Wildstar.

I nuovi driver abilitano anche il supporto CrossFire con Thief, e ne migliora la gestione con i titoli come Assassin’s Creed IV, Batman Arkham Origins, Lichdom, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare e Watch Dogs.

Ecco le note di rilascio:

Highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 14.9 Windows Driver

    • Support for the AMD Radeon R9 28
    • Performance improvements (comparing AMD Catalyst 14.9 vs. AMD Catalyst 14.4)
      • 3DMark Sky Diver improvements
        • AMD A4 6300 – improves up to 4%
        • Enables AMD Dual Graphics / AMD CrossFire support
      • 3DMark Fire Strike
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series – improves up to 5% in Performance Preset
      • 3DMark11
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series / R9 270 Series – improves up to 4% in Entry and Performance Preset
      • BioShock Infinite
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series – 1920×1080 – improves up to 5%
      • Company of Heroes 2
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series – improves up to 8%
      • Crysis 3
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series / R9 270 Series – improves up to 10%
      • Grid Auto Sport
        • AMD CrossFire profile
      • Murdered Soul Suspect
        • AMD Radeon R9 290X (2560×1440, 4x MSAA, 16x AF) – improves up to 50%
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series / R9 270 Series – improves up to 6%
        • CrossFire configurations improve scaling up to 75%
      • Plants vs. Zombies (Direct3D performance improvements)
        • AMD Radeon R9 290X – 1920×1080 Ultra – improves up to 11%
        • AMD Radeon R9290X – 2560×1600 Ultra – improves up to  15%
        • AMD Radeon R9290X CrossFire configuration (3840×2160 Ultra)  – 92% scaling
      • Batman Arkham Origins:
        • AMD Radeon R9 290X (4x MSAA) – improves up to 20%
        • CrossFire configurations see up to a 70% gain in scaling
      • Wildstar
        • Power Xpress profile
        • Performance improvements to improve smoothness of application
        • Performance improves up to 30% on the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series of products for both single GPU and Multi-GPU configurations
      • Tomb Raider
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series – improves up to 5%
      • Watch Dogs
        • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series / R9 270 Series – improves up to 9%
        • AMD CrossFire – Frame pacing improvement
        • Improved CrossFire performance – up to 20%
      • Assassin’s Creed IV
        • Improves CrossFire scaling (3840×2160 High Settings) up to 93%  (CrossFire scaling improvement of 25% compared to AMD Catalyst 14.4)
      • Lichdom
        • Improves performance for single GPU and Multi-GPU configurations
      • Star Craft II
        • AMD Radeon R9 290X (2560×1440, AA, 16x AF) – improves up to 20%
    • AMD Eyefinity enhancements
      • Mixed Resolution Support
        • A new architecture providing brand new capabilities
        • Display groups can be created with monitors of different resolution  (including difference sizes and shapes)
        • Users have a choice of how surface is created over the display group
          1. Fill – legacy mode, best for identical monitors
          2. Fit – create the Eyefinity surface using best available rectangular area with attached displays
          3. Expand – create a virtual Eyefinity surface using desktops as viewports onto the surface
      • Eyefinity Display Alignment
        • Enables control over alignment between adjacent monitors
      • One-Click Setup
        • Driver detects layout of extended desktop
          • Can create Eyefinity display group using this layout in one click!
    • New user controls for video color and display settings
      • Greater control over Video Color Management:
        • Controls have been expanded from a single slider for controlling Boost and Hue to per color axis
      • Color depth control for Digital Flat Panels (available on supported HDMI and DP displays)
        • Allows users to select different color depths per resolution and display
  • AMD Mantle enhancements
    • Mantle now supports AMD Mobile products with Enduro technology
      • Battlefield 4:  AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1366×768; high settings) – 21% gain
      • Thief: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1920×1080; high settings) – 14% gain
      • Star Swarm:  AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1920×1080; medium settings) – 274% gain
    • Enables support for Multi-GPU configurations with Thief (requires the latest Thief update)
  • AMD AM1 JPEG decoding acceleration
    • JPEG decoding acceleration was first enabled on the A10 APU Series in AMD Catalyst 14.1 beta, and has now been extended to the AMD AM1 Platform
    • Provides fast JPEG decompression
    • Provides Power Efficiency for JPEG decompression

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