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AMD Releases Catalst 12.2 Driver Update

AMD has released the latest version of its Catalyst drivers for AMD Graphics cards. Designated as 12.3, it adds full support for all 7000 series GPUs and though it resolves a lot of Windows 7/Vista issues in specific games, there are still some problems with the latest two versions of Microsoft's OS.

The full list of supported Southern Island graphics cards is: Radeon HD 7900, 7800 and 7700, with multiple variants of each range.

In regards to bug fixes, AMD has managed to resolve the problem with Catalyst Control Centre (CCC) startup issues, as well as making it so the Furmark benchmark now no longer crashes when put into high performance mode.

The published list of game fixes is as follows:

  • Tom Clancy HAWX: No longer crashes after task switching with MLAA (Morphological Anti-Aliasing) and Anti-Aliasing enabled
  • Quake 4: No longer display corruption after task switching when run in High Performance mode XPlane: Textures no longer exhibit flicker and corruption
  • Skyrim: No longer displays flickering and texture corruption.
  • Alan Wake: A system crash is no longer experienced when running the game in DirectX 9 mode with Crossfire enabled
  • Far Cry 2: A random system hang is no longer experienced when running the game at high in game setting

All of the above resolved issues are for Windows 7 only. Vista has had a couple changes though, with the CCC crashes/delays now fixed.

Outstanding issues for Windows 7 includes a Vsync disable bug, while Vista still suffers from CCC issues when trying to display details while using WinDVD.

The driver update is available on AMD's driver page.

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