AMD and NVIDIA release new Windows 8 beta graphics drivers

The battle between AMD and NVIDIA over the PC graphics market continues, and this week both companies have released new public beta drivers that not only support Windows 8 but also give PC gamers some added performance in some games.

Over at AMD's website, the company announced the release of the beta version of its Catalyst 12.11 drivers for some of its Radeon cards. Specifically, they support Windows 8 for the HD 5000, HD 6000 and HD 7000 Radeon series (they also support Windows Vista and Windows 7).

These new beta drivers offer increased performance for many PC games, including Battlefield 3, Borderlands 2 and the just released Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

In addition, AMD Radeon owners of graphics cards that are a part of the older HD 2000, HD 3000 and HD 4000 series can now download a Windows 8 compatible version of the Catalyst 10.6 drivers.

NVIDIA has also just released their new beta versions of the GeForce 310.33 drivers. They support Windows XP, 7 and 8 in both desktop and notebook graphics cards. Certain GeForce cards will see performance boosts in games such as Batman: Arkham City and others. It also adds a number of new SLI profiles and 3D Vision support for many current and upcoming PC games.

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deadonthefloor said,
Here's hoping the NVidia driver will stop mediaplayer from crashing when I attempt to snap.
Going to try when I get home.
Never noticed the problem, though I didn't spend much time with Windows 8. Let us know how it goes eh!

Should be noted for Geforce cards, that this driver release is the first to not include support for the 6- and 7-series drivers.

That being said, cards like the 8800/9800 GT/GTX are strangely missing from the list of supported products.

Still having issues with Photo gallery reporting video hardware error when I try to adjust pictures. Been happening since CP. Annoying. Pair of Nvidia GeForce GTX 550ti

jimmyfal said,
Still having issues with Photo gallery reporting video hardware error when I try to adjust pictures. Been happening since CP. Annoying. Pair of Nvidia GeForce GTX 550ti

That's still happening? Damn

When the error occurs, is DWM able to recover properly? I'm not sure if it's Nvidia or Microsoft to blame, but ever since Windows 8 made tthe DWM mandatory to run at all times, it has trouble reinitializing after a driver failure, and sometimes because of this it's impossible to shut down the system properly.

Denis W said,

That's still happening? Damn

When the error occurs, is DWM able to recover properly? I'm not sure if it's Nvidia or Microsoft to blame, but ever since Windows 8 made tthe DWM mandatory to run at all times, it has trouble reinitializing after a driver failure, and sometimes because of this it's impossible to shut down the system properly.

Still happening as of today. I wonder if reseating my stupid cards will do anything, I get lazy like that sometimes. I also feel stupid that I just discovered that I can see notifications up top to replies to comments, Christ I wish they would make that red like on Facebook.

minoskid said,
No more problems in Windows 8 with FIFA 13 and F1 2012.
Now, both games run fantastic!
Waiting for WHQL.

That's a good news. Can't wait to try it out! Finally it has come out yesss

Kenny Kanashimi Chu said,

That's a good news. Can't wait to try it out! Finally it has come out yesss

Go for it...install and enjoy

Abhinav Kumar said,
Catalyst 12.6 for legacy cards doesn't let me run videos in any of the WinRT apps.

I still can't play videos with 12.10 or 12.11...Even though 12.10 is supposed to be WHQL.

McKay said,
BSOD'd twice installing on my 5650M. Finally got it installed now.

BSOD'd twice here too on 5450. Just installing 12.10 and waiting for final 12.11.

Every other W8 Radeon driver for the last year has installed fine for me.

Do not try 12.11 if you have 7.xxx series card. These drivers trigger a serious bug -idle clocks do not downclock normally. Same with 12.10 WHQL. Unless it happens only on Win7, I'm not sure... Check it out! Watch your clocks and temps while in idle.

They offer a very nice boost for 7.xxx cards on Battlefield 3, but better wait for the fix.

PC EliTiST said,
Do not try 12.11 if you have 7.xxx series card. These drivers trigger a serious bug -idle clocks do not downclock normally. Same with 12.10 WHQL. Unless it happens only on Win7, I'm not sure... Check it out! Watch your clocks and temps while in idle.

They offer a very nice boost for 7.xxx cards on Battlefield 3, but better wait for the fix.

They work fine to me (12.10), the clock goes down to 300 when idle (7850 1GB).