Having refined their 12.11 beta drivers, AMD has recently released their Catalyst Software Suite Version 13.1 update. This WHQL update includes all the performance improvements found in the previous AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 11 update while resolving a variety issues for Windows 8 and Windows 7 users.

The Catalyst Control Center has also gained a new design for its 3D application settings page, which is designed to allow uses to adjust their 3D settings individually per application.

Here are the direct links to the various drivers:

AMD Catalyst Software Suite 13.1 for Windows Vista/7/8 32-bit
AMD Catalyst Software Suite 13.1 for Windows Vista/7/8 64-bit

Source: AMD Catalyst Software Suite Version 13.1

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  • scottjames_12 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 - link

  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - link

    He's stoned out of his gourd imaheadcase, completely oblivious and in perfect bliss and he has no clue what Hydravision is.
    Perfect AMD fanboy base.

    So AMD is what five YEARS behind, and still their settings are shy...
    Where's the game detection nVidia has ?
    Where's only games on this system or all games ?

  • Notmyusualid - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    See my comments on todays' progress.
  • B3an - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    These still have the bug with Photoshop on Win 8 where the background flickers when zooming in/out and doing other stuff.

    These also wont install the HDMI audio driver for me. It fails. This is an old bug i used to have on Win 7 many months ago, but the last few driver versions haven't had it on either Win 7/8. Now AMD have manged to bring it back. Great.

    After upgrading from the previous drivers the 13.1's also completely screwed up after a system restart, so i had to uninstall all AMD drivers, then re-install.

    Was hoping that driver quality would finally improve now AMD don't release them so often, but guess not.
  • Gigaplex - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    The HDMI audio driver failed to install for me too. First time I've ever experienced this issue.
  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - link

    New driver new broken, its amd, fanboy, get used to it !
    You've lived it for years - so anyway, nothing has changed.

    ROFL - the crap that amd is - we shouldn't ever let it die, it can remind us what epic failure and epic fanboys are all about.
  • damianrobertjones - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link


    I tried to Crossfire two 7950 cards and the performance was terrible. Onto the web... A whole load of people with the same issue, so, I changed the motherboard. Same issue. I gave up, sole them, threw in 2x 660 cards and all was well.

    Why do I have to edit the registry to stop one card turning off? Why do I have to create profiles? This was the first and last time that I built a performance rig with the gpus based on AMD

    Maybe I did something wrong? Who knows.
  • IanCutress - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    ULPS is designed to reduce power consumption when you are in 2D mode. The card kicks back in when you go into 3D. It's a godsend when I'm testing 4-way and have to manually jack up the fan speed so the 7970s don't get blistering hot during a game test.

    Dealing with more than one card in a game engine is tougher than most people realise. You either use both cards to render the same frame (involving splitting the buffer and causing crosstalk), or use the cards to render alternate frames (again causing crosstalk to update memories) which is difficult if one card starts to lag behind. This is usually fixed using clever algorithms in the driver to adapt, but it tends to be done on a driver by driver basis.

    A good test is Dirt3 - if it doesn't work there, it doesn't work anywhere. Going from one 7970 to four, I get the following from an older test:

    Dirt 3 - One 7970: 73.95 FPS
    Dirt 3 - Two 7970: 136.28 FPS (+84.3% of a single card)
    Dirt 3 - Three 7970: 195.11 FPS (+79.6% of a single card)
    Dirt 3 - Four 7970: 237.40 FPS (+57.2% of a single card)

    On the same older drivers, Civilization V performs badly:

    Civilization V - One 7970: 78.73 FPS
    Civilization V - Two 7970: 83.13 FPS (+5.6% of a single card)
    Civilization V - Three 7970: 82.50 FPS (-0.1% of a single card)
    Civilization V - Four 7970: 83.00 FPS (+0.1% of a single card)

    With the newer drivers, Civ V performs better as it got added. These are the dangers of using a multi card setup - waiting for your game to get a proper multi GPU profile. If the game is AMD or NVIDIA 'enhanced', then it'll probably get the multi-card profile before the other company.
  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - link

    You did nothing wrong, AMD is , was, and will be always *****d.

    You experienced the AMD Gamers Manifesto ! ( ROFL HAHAHAHA )

    Take a dozen www.Verdetrol.com pills and you'll feel better.
  • TrantaLocked - Friday, January 18, 2013 - link

    13.1 WHQL is a 12.11 plus more, certified! Definitely the biggest WHQL for GCN so far.

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