AMD Catalyst 11.4

AMD released version 11.4 of their ATI video card driver package.

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 11.4 Windows release includes:

New Features:

Enhancements to the AMD VISION Engine Control Center / AMD Catalyst Control Center

  • New task based Display Management controls
    • Simplifies the configuration of displays and display settings
  • New Eyefinity setup group
    • Setting up an Eyefinity group has never been easier
  • AMD Catalyst update notification (found within the Information Center)
    • This feature notifies users that new AMD Catalyst software packages are available 

GPU Compute enhancements:

  • The OpenCL runtime (included in AMD Catalyst 11.4) includes performance enhancements supporting zero-copy on APUs and increased performance for PCIe transfers between a CPU and discrete GPU.

Performance Enhancements
A number of performance enhancements are seen with the AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series:

  • Call of Duty Black Ops – gains of up to 15% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single GPU configurations.
  • Battleforge – gains of up to 15% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Batman Arkham Asylum – gains of up to 20% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Aliens vs. Predator – gains of up to 8% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Civilization 5 – gains of up to 15% on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Far Cry 2 – gains of up to 6% on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Just Cause 2 – gains of up to 9% on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Lost Planet 2 – gains of up to 10% on single and multiple GPU configurations.

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 11.4 software suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • The GPU no longer shows high GPU usage after running Firefox 4 with hardware acceleration enabled.
  • Bioshock no longer displays random tearing and screen corruption with Vsync and MLAA enabled.
  • Water textures no longer flicker in Two Worlds II in Crossfire mode.
  • Bulletstorm lightshafts no longer appear broken when running on a HD 6970 series product.
  • Bulletstorm no longer displays random texture corruption when running in Crossfire mode.
  • FI 2010 no longer slows down intermittently when in Crossfire mode.
  • PowerDVD no longer crashes if Crossfire is enabled / disabled during playback of a BD title.
  • WinDVD no longer displays corrupted BD playback when the monitor is rotated to portrait mode.
  • Crysis Warhead corruption is no longer randomly observed when launching the game.
  • Running the Heaven benchmark no longer displays graphics corruption during DirectX 11 tests.
  • Catalyst Control Center Avivo settings are now correctly displayed after connecting a secondary display.
  • The Catalyst Control Center screen no longer flickers while adjusting screen brightness.

 View: Release notes
 Download: AMD Catalyst 11.4 driver

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I tried to install the 11.4 drivers and immediately got a BSOD. It seems if I try to go higher than the Catalyst 10.x releases all I get are BSODs. This is on Win7/64 Ultimate with an HD4650.

Kasteo said,
Mozilla Firefox 4 display blurry/ugly fonts after update to Catalyst 11.4.... any way to fix this?
Firefox 4.0.1 is rendering fonts well. I have an XFX 5850 Black Edition in Windows 7 x64. Also, DXVA is working as it should with Media Player Classic and Zune.

To those that are having problems, try to uninstall the drivers using Driver Sweeper, reboot and install the new ones to see if the issues are gone. If they aren't, look for possible Known Issues in the release notes of the 11.4 drivers.

Finally a catalyst that actually works for me. From 11.2-3 they kept screwing my pc up when trying to alt tab out of games and flickering of sorts. Can't recall the whole issue since I just always downgraded to 11.1 which was my stable point driver. Now after the testing of 11.4, there are no more issues.

Aergan said,
Have just lost all GPU accelerated Video playback support with 11.4 on Windows 7 x64 with a Radeon 4870 1GB.

As ironic as it sounds, mine comes and goes for Flash Player 10.2. Its fine using CoreAVC to watch videos although I have a few videos artifacting while not on the DivX decoder but for YouTube 1080p videos there are those that work off the graphics and others that strain the CPU for no reason. XFX Radeon HD 4650 AGP running 11.1 because of BSODs from 11.2 and on..

Be it even 480p this is one of those videos where it goes haywire, nvidia based ones always seem to work better...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddC6GEHAlkg&hd=1

I tried installing the 11.3 drivers for my HD4650 on Win7/64 and it continually blue-screened on bootup. I had to back down to the 10.8 drivers (didn't try anything higher yet).

fuzi0719 said,
I tried installing the 11.3 drivers for my HD4650 on Win7/64 and it continually blue-screened on bootup. I had to back down to the 10.8 drivers (didn't try anything higher yet).

I have went as high as 11.1 before the BSOD issues began. I have an XFX Radeon HD4650 AGP.

So, what's the recommended way to install these Catalyst drivers? I bought a 5770 card last summer and everytime I install a newer package, I get a blue screen. Is it recommended to uninstall the previous versions first? I think I tried that too once and got a blue screen. I swear I never had this many problems with a NVidia card.

briangw said,
So, what's the recommended way to install these Catalyst drivers? I bought a 5770 card last summer and everytime I install a newer package, I get a blue screen. Is it recommended to uninstall the previous versions first? I think I tried that too once and got a blue screen. I swear I never had this many problems with a NVidia card.
I've been installing the new versions over previous ones without any problems since last summer when I changed to ATI with a Radeon HD5850...

briangw said,
So, what's the recommended way to install these Catalyst drivers? I bought a 5770 card last summer and everytime I install a newer package, I get a blue screen. Is it recommended to uninstall the previous versions first? I think I tried that too once and got a blue screen. I swear I never had this many problems with a NVidia card.

I use to uninstall before installing, but the last few years I just install over the old ones and no issues. That's with a 4850 and Windows XP then Windows 7.