Windows 8 AMD Catalyst preview drivers released

The Windows 8 Release Preview build is now available to download, but in order to run the OS preview with the best performance, you will also need to update your graphics drivers. If you have a graphics card with an AMD Radeon or FirePro chip, you might want to download the newly released preview version of AMD's Catalyst drivers.

This driver preview release contains a number of features that AMD graphics chip owners have in their regular Windows 7 drivers. That includes native stereo 3D support for 3D gaming and video viewing. The drivers also have some improvements in PC sleep/resume performance along with optimized GPU power consumption.

These new drivers also support features found exclusively with Radeon chips, including the Eyefinity multi-monitor support and the company's dual GPU Crossfire technology.

The release notes for these Catalyst preview drivers to admit to a number of known issues. That includes a problem with video corruption when playing back movie trailers with Windows 8's Metro video player. Also, running DirectX9 applications could be slower in Windows 8, compared to Windows 7, if you have a graphics card with a Radeon HD 7900, Radeon HD 7800, or the AMD Radeon HD 7700.

Source: AMD

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The last ATI release for the CP seemed really buggy. Not only did they cause a lot of artefacting in Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect 3 also seemed to run at a much lower framerate than it does for Windows 7.

I hope these drivers are an improvement.

can someone tell me how to install it? the installer can't identify the existence of the card...

my card is Radeon Mobility HD 5650

noblecouncil said,
can someone tell me how to install it? the installer can't identify the existence of the card...

my card is Radeon Mobility HD 5650


I had a real PITA time with my Envy 14 and the release preview trying to get CCC and switchable graphics working. I ended up having to use the CP and not the DP drivers though.

What ultimately worked was installing the HP supplied drivers first in Windows 7 mode. You need to turn off driver signing
http://www.killertechtips.com/...-using-group-policy-editor/

After that installed, I used the Consumer Preview drivers and installed the CCC first. Then reinstalled again with the CP driver. (Never used Dev Preview, these never worked for me)

AMD broke the drivers for 5870 mobility outputting to Vizio 42" TVs. Underscan crops screen and grays out controls...Thanks AMD!

Well considering nVidia cuda for Adobe accel and the driver issues, looks like I'll be going with nvidia if I upgrade to w8...which from the looks of it, won't be anytime soon.

Swift-R said,
So they're really not going to support the 4000 series anymore... :'(

Seems a bit quick. You can still get 8600gt drivers for Windows 7 and the 4000 series is overall much newer/better than that!

(I say this as an AMD fan, I've only recently upgraded from the 4850 which I loved!)

Swift-R said,
So they're really not going to support the 4000 series anymore... :'(

I still have 4890HD as my primary video card

Swift-R said,
So they're really not going to support the 4000 series anymore... :'(

They will support them, they just moved HD2000 - HD4000 series to quarterly release schedule.

lol even the windows 7 default drivers aren't far behind AMD's (or NVidia's, excluding physx) drivers
haven't given win8 a go on my own desktop (to lazy to reinstall my own system) but I bet win8s default drivers are better then win7s.

Shadowzz said,
lol even the windows 7 default drivers aren't far behind AMD's (or NVidia's, excluding physx) drivers
haven't given win8 a go on my own desktop (to lazy to reinstall my own system) but I bet win8s default drivers are better then win7s.

these drivers can make all the difference in the world in games.