AMD Catalyst Software Suite 14.9 for Windows 7/8.1 x86/x64

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Date Added: October 01, 2014 / Release Date: September 29, 2014 / Publisher: ATI / File Size: 273.31 MB
OS: Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 32-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit


Package contains the following graphics drivers and dependent/required software for the products specified in the current version’s official release notes for the 32-bit and 64-bit version of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1:

  • AMD Catalyst Display Driver version 14.301.1001
  • OpenCL(tm) Driver
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center (version 14.301.1001)
  • HydraVision

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 - 1920x1080 - 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 (2560x1440, 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 - 1920x1080 Ultra - improves up to 11%, AMD Radeon R9290X - 2560x1600 Ultra - improves up to 15%, AMD Radeon R9290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 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 (3840x2160 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 (2560x1440, 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
        • Fill - legacy mode, best for identical monitors
        • Fit - create the Eyefinity surface using best available rectangular area with attached displays
        • 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 (1366x768; high settings) - 21% gain
      • Thief: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1920x1080; high settings) - 14% gain
      • Star Swarm: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1920x1080; 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.

Resolved Issues:

  • 60Hz SST flickering has been identified as an issue with non-standard display timings exhibited by the AOC U2868PQU panel on certain AMD Radeon graphics cards. A software workaround has been implemented in the AMD Catalyst 14.9 driver to resolve the display timing issues with this display
  • Users seeing flickering issues in 60Hz SST mode are further encouraged to obtain newer display firmware from their monitor vendor that will resolve flickering at its origin.
  • Users are additionally advised to utilize DisplayPort-certified cables to ensure the integrity of the DisplayPort data connection.
  • 4K panel flickering issues found on the AMD Radeon R9 290 Series and AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series.
  • Screen tearing observed on AMD CrossFire systems with Eyefinity portrait display configurations.
  • Instability issues for Grid Autosport when running in 2x1 or 1x2 Eyefinity configurations.
  • Geometry corruption in State of Decay.

Known Issues:

  • [404829]: Horizontal flashing lines on second screen in a clone mode with V-Sync on using AMD Mobility Graphics with Switchable Intel Graphics.
  • [404508]: Display takes a long time to redraw the screen after an S4 cycle.
  • [405432]: Mantle driver will TDR when running Star Swarm on the loading screen.
  • [404660]: GPU gets stuck in a low power state after it was previously stressed to max power.
  • [403032]: Severe flickering observed on default launch of SimCity 4.
  • [403449]: Playing any media sample in full screen in the 2x1/1x2 Fill SLS configuration leads to TDR.
  • [400573]: Intermittent application hang observed while launching Aliens vs. Predator.
  • [400693]: While running performance test, crash is observed with fault module atidxx32.dll.
  • [401386]: Severe corruption and flashing light observed with specific game settings in Grid 2.
  • [401289]: Flashing lights in Batman Arkham Origins game main menu.

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