AMD releases Windows 8 RTM Radeon Catalyst drivers

As far as Windows 8, AMD has been on top of things in terms of releasing new graphics drivers for its Radeon cards that support Microsoft's new OS. The company quickly released official drivers that supported the Release Preview version of Windows 8 just a few hours after the OS was made available to users.

With the official launch of the RTM version of Windows 8 on Wedneday to certain developers, AMD has now gone ahead and also released its newest Catalyst drivers for some Radeon-based cards. The 12.8 version of the drivers include support for Windows 8, along with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. At the moment, the drivers support just the Radeon 5000 series and above cards.

The release notes for Catalyst 12.8 include word that the drivers support DirectX 11.1 and the WDDM 1.2 driver model for Windows 8 users. There are also some special Windows 8-only features, including Target-Independent Rasterization, which AMD says is a "new rendering path that enables superior anti-aliasing in Direct3D driver applications."

So far, AMD's main rival in the graphics card business, NVIDIA, has yet to release its own Windows 8 RTM drivers for its GeForce line of PC graphics cards.

Source: AMD

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Most of my DX9 cards don't work or have very poor performance. From Nvidia and ATI/AMD. I hope their fix this and add support for older systems that worked in W7. Otherwise no dual screen, video playback and much more on older systems that are still pretty powerful but just because of a video card. I shouldn't have to buy a new video card just to watch Netflix when the old one was great on W7. Same with tons of laptops I've tested most Video cards wont perform to play a movie much less a game or run apps.

bviktor said,
FINALLY.

What do you mean finally? They came out on the same day as the RTM build was made legally available to certain groups.

No love for the 4870. Guess I'll finally have to upgrade. It's a shame, the card seems to still be able to handle most everything I throw at it.

Mordkanin said,
No love for the 4870. Guess I'll finally have to upgrade. It's a shame, the card seems to still be able to handle most everything I throw at it.

Yeah the 4000 series gets no love anymore even though it's still a capable card. I wouldn't mind just getting a new one, but I have a pre-built tower and it's cramped. I'll build my own when I have a little more money.

Mordkanin said,
No love for the 4870. Guess I'll finally have to upgrade. It's a shame, the card seems to still be able to handle most everything I throw at it.

I'm pretty sure we'll get proper drivers for the HD 4xxx soon, they just won't support WDDM 1.2. Until that happens, I dual-boot with my old Windows 7 installation.

Marcin Kurek said,

I'm pretty sure we'll get proper drivers for the HD 4xxx soon, they just won't support WDDM 1.2. Until that happens, I dual-boot with my old Windows 7 installation.

I wouldn't be so sure. Products older than the 5000 series are now "legacy" products and only recieve quarterly driver updates (I have a 3550 incidentely). The default driver in Windows 8 is actually built by AMD and seems to perform well enough, but you can install the most recent Catalyst driver for Windows 7 too without much trouble (I did on the RP, anyway). I saw no appreciable performance difference between the two drivers, and the CCC wouldn't run anyway, so right now the in-box driver is the best choice.

JustAnotherTechie said,

I wouldn't be so sure. Products older than the 5000 series are now "legacy" products and only recieve quarterly driver updates (I have a 3550 incidentely). The default driver in Windows 8 is actually built by AMD and seems to perform well enough, but you can install the most recent Catalyst driver for Windows 7 too without much trouble (I did on the RP, anyway). I saw no appreciable performance difference between the two drivers, and the CCC wouldn't run anyway, so right now the in-box driver is the best choice.

Installing the most recent win7 driver doesn't actually install a driver. The only one I could get to actually install a driver was one from last year.

Marcin Kurek said,
I'm pretty sure we'll get proper drivers for the HD 4xxx soon, they just won't support WDDM 1.2.

Sadly not. AMD have taken a huge dump on 4xxx users for Windows 8. There will be no official drivers, instead Windows 8 comes with a pre-installed driver they say. I can tell you, its no substitute!

ATI press release
The AMD Catalyst driver for Windows 8 will only include support for WDDM 1.2 support products (AMD Radeon HD 5000 and later).

(Source: http://www.techspot.com/news/4...deon-hd-4000-and-older.html)

JessJess said,
There will be no official drivers, instead Windows 8 comes with a pre-installed driver they say.

Except that it doesn't. I can't play anything.

Marcin Kurek said,
Except that it doesn't. I can't play anything.

Really? I have a 4870 (512mb) and everything works fine in Windows 8 RTM. Been playing Dungeon Defenders quite happily, however as I mentioned its no substitute for the official drivers as I get slow down I never got before.

JessJess said,

Really? I have a 4870 (512mb) and everything works fine in Windows 8 RTM. Been playing Dungeon Defenders quite happily, however as I mentioned its no substitute for the official drivers as I get slow down I never got before.

Damn it.

Does this work on laptops (Radeon HD 6520G). I installed Windows 8 with default driver and i got random lines would appear on my monitor if i moved my laptop lol. I put win7 back on and they are gone.

Do *not* run the Autodetect if your GPU is known; it is not compatible with Windows 8 - select and download the apropos Catalyst driver manually if you are running (or the hardware the driver is for will be running) Windows 8.

Too bad, i'm still using my 3400 HD, thank God I found on benchmark3d a recent update (beta) for my Graphic Card. The only problem now I have is with Xbox Music/Video and Camera because of incompatibility with Xbox Media codec and the beta drivers...

NeoandGeo said,
It's a shame that AMD switchable graphics users are left out in the cold since AMD chooses not to support this line.

I know it says they're not supported, but I managed to install them on my laptop with switchable graphics.

giantpotato said,

I know it says they're not supported, but I managed to install them on my laptop with switchable graphics.

Can you go into detail? Did you have to modify anything, do you have a working CCC, and have the ability to choose which GPU (AMD/Intel) is used for individual programs?

NeoandGeo said,

Can you go into detail? Did you have to modify anything, do you have a working CCC, and have the ability to choose which GPU (AMD/Intel) is used for individual programs?

Same here, I have a 6520G and it installed perfectly.

ASZ20 said,

Same here, I have a 6520G and it installed perfectly.

It's like you're ignoring his question on purpose

NeoandGeo said,

Can you go into detail? Did you have to modify anything, do you have a working CCC, and have the ability to choose which GPU (AMD/Intel) is used for individual programs?

I didn't modify anything, I just installed the drivers as usual. In CCC there's the option to switch between AMD/Intel.

giantpotato said,

I didn't modify anything, I just installed the drivers as usual. In CCC there's the option to switch between AMD/Intel.

That's tempting. What is your laptop model? I have an Acer with Intel/7670m.

Also, can anyone else confirm this works.

NeoandGeo said,

That's tempting. What is your laptop model? I have an Acer with Intel/7670m.

Also, can anyone else confirm this works.

I have a HP Touchsmart TM2. AMD 5450 and Intel i5 graphics.

giantpotato said,

I have a HP Touchsmart TM2. AMD 5450 and Intel i5 graphics.

Partitioning my HDD as we speak and will install the Enterprise evaluation and see what happens. Have the 64-Bit ATI Mobility 12.8 drivers ready to go. Hope to get some good results. Thanks for your input.

No luck. Have tried the official Acer install for AMD, leshcat drivers and the latest release from AMD themselves. None give me a working 7670m in Windows 8. I am forced to use the integrated graphics for everything. The card is properly identified, however. CCC also says nothing can be configured.