AMD Catalyst 11.6 Released

amd AMD Catalyst 11.6 Released

AMD Catalyst 11.6 is now officially released. The release notes indicated several resolved issues for the Windows operating system. It also featured AMD Steady Video, Image Stabilisation in YouTube. We ran the UNIGINE benchmark test to compare with the previous Catalyst 11.5 driver. More details inside.

We did two benchmark tests (3DMark 11 and UNIGINE Heaven v2.5) to see if there is any difference in the performance compared to the previous Catalyst 11.5 driver. The results (shown below) indicated some performance gain in both 3DMark 11 and UNIGINE Heaven Benchmark. It would be advisable to download and install the new Catalyst 11.6 driver.

Test Setup
Processor Intel Core i7 970 @ 4.0GHz
Motherboard ASUS Rampage X58 Gene III
RAM 3 x 2GB Kingston @ 1600 8-8-8-24
HDD 150GB Western Digital Velociraptor
GPU Reference ATI 6970 2GB

3dm11 AMD Catalyst 11.6 Released

unigine AMD Catalyst 11.6 Released

Click here to view the full release notes for Catalyst 11.6.

Click here to download Catalyst 11.6 for 64-bit Windows 7/Vista.

Click here to download Catalyst 11.6 for 32-bit Windows 7/Vista.

Click here to download Catalyst 11.6 CAP1.

 

Build info:

  • DriverVer=05/24/2011, 8.861.0.0000
  • 8.861-110524a-119606C-ATI
  • Sign Date: June 6 (Microsoft WHQL)

New Features:

  • AMD Steady Video

    • Steady Video is currently an AMD exclusive feature based on AMD APP Technology
    • By applying advanced algorithms behind the scenes, users do not have to deal with shaky or unstable video ever again!
    • Capabilities scale with hardware and are end user controlled
  • Image Stabilization brought to YouTube!
  • Decode Acceleration of MPEG-4 part 2 content

    • AMD has enabled decode acceleration of MPEG-4 part 2 content in Microsoft video player applications (through MFT support) for all AMD Radeon 6000 Series

Performance Enhancements:

Performance highlights of the AMD Catalyst 11.6 release includes:

  • Performance gains in Crysis of up to 7% on AMD Radeon HD 6000 series single card configurations.
  • Performance gains in F1 2010 of up to 8% in DirectX 11 mode on AMD Radeon HD 6000 series products in single and Crossfire configurations.
  • Performance gains in Far Cry 2 of up to 5% on AMD Radeon HD 6000 series products in single and Crossfire configurations.
  • Performance gains in HAWX of up to 8% on AMD Radeon HD 6000 series products in single and Crossfire configurations.
  • Performance gains in the Unigine OpenGL tests of up to 10% on AMD Radeon HD 6000 series single card configurations.

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System:

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.6 software suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • Flashing titles are no longer displayed when playing F1 2010 in a Crossfire environment.
  • Video playback no longer intermittently displays a black screen when using Windows Media Player.
  • Graphics and Gaming scores are now correctly computed in the Windows Performance Index.
  • A BSOD error is no longer generated randomly when Crossfire is enabled/disabled after video/LCD overdrive settings are changed on HD 6900 series products.
  • Crossfire is now correctly enabled when playing The Witcher 2 on HD 6800 series products. (when used with AMD Catalyst 11.5 CAP 5 release)
  • Screen tearing is no longer randomly seen when playing Riddick 2 at high performance settings and with Crossfire enabled.
  • The game Kings Bounty now renders correctly.
  • The game Empire Total War now no longer displays random flickering and in-game buttons display correctly.
  • Google Earth now performs smoothly in OpenGL mode.
  • Crossfire is now correctly enabled when playing Cars 2 on HD 6900 series products.
  • Sid Meyers Civilization V no longer displays intermittent graphical corruption when played in DirectX 10 mode in a Crossfire environment.
  • Heaven 2.1 running in DirectX 11 mode no longer displays intermittent graphical corruption in a Crossfire environment.
  • Crossfire is correctly enabled when playing LEGO : Pirates of the Caribbean on HD6800 and HD 6900 series products.
  • Poor performance is no longer experienced while Playing Heroes of Newerth and when the cursor is moved to the top right or bottom right corner of the screen.
  • Mouse cursor corruption (in the upper right portion of the screen) should be resolved

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.6 software suite for Windows Vista. These include:

  • The screen no longer briefly flashes green while changing screen resolution and playing a BluRay title using PowerDVD 10.

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.6 software suite for Windows XP. These include:

  • World of Warcraft no longer randomly crashes or fails to launch when using an A-Series APU.
  • Random graphics corruption is no longer observed while playing World of Warcraft.
  • Playing Dead Rising 2 no longer causes the system to hang.

Known issues under the Windows 7 operating system
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows 7 operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst. These include:

  • Some BluRay content may experience jittery playback.
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II / Jedi Academy may randomly crash on launch.
  • Image rotation might not function correctly in Photoshop CS5.
  • OpenGL acceleration might not be available in Photoshop CS5.
  • High GPU speeds might be retained after exiting a 3D application.
  • Display corruption may be observed while changing video resolution  / settings while playing a video clip using Windows Media Center.
  • Shogun 2 cinematics may display rendering issues while running in DirectX 9 mode in certain Eyefinity configurations.

Known Issues under the Windows Vista Operating System
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system in the latest version of AMD Catalyst. These include:

  • Windows Aero settings might not be available in some circumstances.
  • Doom 3 and Quake 4 may experience random corruption on HD 4000 series products.
  • Performing bezel compensation on a 3×2 configuration may cause the Bezel group to not appear.

Catalyst 11.6 CAP1 (Catalyst Application Profiles) is also available through Guru3D Forum.

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