It’s that time again for the AMD Catalyst™ driver update!  We have been getting great comments and feedback from the community because of this blog site.  Please continue to send us your feedback as we do review them all*.

*IF you are having technical issues with the AMD Catalyst™ driver, or your graphics card please report your issues here.

As a note: this will be the last AMD Catalyst™ blog that I will write.  I will be handing the reigns over to Chris Bell here at AMD who will carry on and keep you up to date on our driver postings.   It has been a pleasure to keep you posted on all things AMD Catalyst™.  I thank you for your feedback and comments over the past year.

Here is what is new this month!

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 11.2 Windows release include:

New Features:

  • AMD Catalyst AI Texture Filtering updates

o    The Quality setting has now been improved to match the High Quality setting in all respects but one; it enables an optimization that limits tri-linear anisotropic filtering to areas surrounding texture mipmap level transitions, while doing bilinear anisotropic filtering elsewhere.

This optimization offers a way to improve filtering performance without visibly affecting image quality

o    The Performance setting has been updated to address the sharpness of the default Quality setting causing shimmering in certain cases.  It now provides a smoother filtering option that eliminates most shimmering while preserving the improved detail provided by anisotropic filtering.

  • Tessellation Controls

o    Supported on the ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series and the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series

o    New settings give users full control over the Tessellation levels used in applications.

o    The default selection “AMD Optimized” setting is intended to set the best level of Tessellation on a per application basis.   The “AMD Optimized” setting is designed to help users get the maximum visual benefit of Tessellation, while minimizing the performance impact associated with enabling the Tessellation feature. Currently no applications have been profiled.

o   The “Use Application Settings” option gives applications full control over the Tessellation level.

o   Users can also manually set the maximum tessellation level used by applications with the slider control

  • Morphological Anti-Aliasing support for the ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series GPUs

o    AMD Catalyst now includes official support for Morphological Anti-Aliasing for the ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series GPUs

Support Video Quality settings during Blu-ray 3D playback

  • Supported on the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series GPUs
  • Requires Blu-ray 3D player software, 3D supported display and 3D Stereoscopic glasses
  • Users can now enable the Video Quality settings within the Catalyst Control Center when playing Blu-ray 3D content

For more information on AMD Catalyst™ 11.2 (for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Linux versions), including all of the resolved issues in this release, please see the AMD Catalyst™ 11.2 release notes.

To download the AMD Catalyst™ 11.2 driver, click here.

Source: http://blogs.amd.com/play/2011/02/15/amd-catalyst%E2%84%A2-11-2-driver-%E2%80%93-what%E2%80%99s-new/