Windows 8 Consumer Preview video drivers released by AMD

If you want to download and run the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and also own a PC that has a Radeon-based video card inside, you might want to head over to AMD's web site. The company has just released a special set of graphics drivers for a number of Radeon based cards that are designed specifically to be run on Microsoft's newest preview of its next operating system.

The full release notes for these special drivers are also available, which offer up some info about the driver's features, including support for stereo 3D, optimized screen rotation and more. There's also support for AMD's proprietary graphics features such as the Eyefinity multi-monitor support and CrossFireX multi-video card support.

The AMD Catalyst Driver 8.93.7 RC10 can be run on the following video cards:

  • AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7000M Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 6000M Series
  • AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • AMD A-Series APU
  • AMD C-Series APU
  • AMD E-Series APU
  • AMD FirePro Series
  • AMD FIrePro 3D Series

If you have a video card that is a part of the AMD Radeon HD 7900 family or the AMD Radeon HD 7700 series, this special Windows 8 Consumer Preview graphics driver is not for you. AMD says it will update the driver for those video cards "in the coming weeks".

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Zlip792 said,

nvidia forceware 295.73 WHQL already have support for Win8.

I don't believe they are true WDM 1.2.

However, this should not deter people from installing or using them.

TCLN Ryster said,

Windows 7 drivers are only WDDM 1.1. While they will work, you'll miss out on some features that WDDM 1.2 gives you.

True, but if NVidia users are needing a feature supplied by the NVidia Control Panel or have a game that needs the latest 1.1 build, there is no reason not to use the 295.73 drivers (especially gamers, which this driver has a lot of fixes.)

The advantages of WDM 1.2 over 1.1 are significant, but not as drastic as the differences between WDM 1.1 over 1.0 drivers.

Using 1.1 drivers will not be 'noticeable' to most users, as they won't notice the slight performance difference, especially when the 1.2 drivers are not yet optimized.

WDDM WDM 1.1 information
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...dows/hardware/gg487344.aspx

WDDM WMD 1.2 information
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...dows/hardware/br259098.aspx


Both are an extension to the generational shift of the WDDM WDM 1.0 technology that shipped in Vista that moves the management of the GPU to the OS instead of leaving it in hands of applications.

notuptome2004 said,


what nvidia card you have cause ther is windows 8 drivers out form nvidia just go to ther site

Got it sorted now, looked on the Nvidia forum + there was a specific driver (Win7) they suggest to use for now.

Thanks for your offer of help though :-)

Zlip792 said,

nvidia forceware 295.73 WHQL already have support for Win8.

Cheers mate got it sorted already tho thanks for your offer of help :-)

What do they mean by optimized screen rotation?
The developer preview had instant rotation on my tablet PC (Intel HD graphics) but the Consumer Preview has slow rotation with screen flickering, just like Windows 7. Does anyone have instant rotation on the consumer preview?

mrp04 said,
What do they mean by optimized screen rotation?
The developer preview had instant rotation on my tablet PC (Intel HD graphics) but the Consumer Preview has slow rotation with screen flickering, just like Windows 7. Does anyone have instant rotation on the consumer preview?

???

Your Tablet PC uses an Intel HD graphics chipset. This is a story about AMD graphics chipsets.

SkolVikings said,

???

Your Tablet PC uses an Intel HD graphics chipset. This is a story about AMD graphics chipsets.

Yes, so do these drivers make AMD graphics rotate instantly, or not?

mrp04 said,
What do they mean by optimized screen rotation?
The developer preview had instant rotation on my tablet PC (Intel HD graphics) but the Consumer Preview has slow rotation with screen flickering, just like Windows 7. Does anyone have instant rotation on the consumer preview?

The 'rotation' is a specification of the WDM 1.2 Windows 8 video driver changes. It redefines how video driver handles screen rotation in a very specific way that is faster and more seamless for the user.

Your problems sounds like the Intel driver may not be a 1.2 driver, or there is a bug in it on the CP.

Check out the driver, and if it is a 1.2 driver, be sure to bug what you are experiencing.

thenetavenger said,

The 'rotation' is a specification of the WDM 1.2 Windows 8 video driver changes. It redefines how video driver handles screen rotation in a very specific way that is faster and more seamless for the user.

Your problems sounds like the Intel driver may not be a 1.2 driver, or there is a bug in it on the CP.

Check out the driver, and if it is a 1.2 driver, be sure to bug what you are experiencing.

Finally someone responds to me!
Device Manager says WDDM 1.1
I will reload the DP on this computer to see what WDDM it is.

I checked the drivers included in CP and tried selecting the 1.2 driver, but Windows says not compatible

Tried these on my Tablet PC but lost the ability to use Switchable Graphics. The Win 7 drivers from HP seem to work fine though.

giantpotato said,
Tried these on my Tablet PC but lost the ability to use Switchable Graphics. The Win 7 drivers from HP seem to work fine though.

How quick is rotation on your tablet? On the DP rotation was instant on my HP 2740p, but now on the CP it takes as long as Windows 7 and makes the screen flicker.

Do this mean they are dropping the HD2000/3000/4000 series? I know the 9x00/1x00 cards were dropped with Windows 7 (the Vista driver could still be used).

Xenomorph said,
Do this mean they are dropping the HD2000/3000/4000 series? I know the 9x00/1x00 cards were dropped with Windows 7 (the Vista driver could still be used).

I imagine you're stuck with WDDM 1.1 drivers (i.e. Windows 7) for those legacy graphics chips. You can't expect them to support old hardware with the latest driver technologies forever you know.

TCLN Ryster said,

I imagine you're stuck with WDDM 1.1 drivers (i.e. Windows 7) for those legacy graphics chips. You can't expect them to support old hardware with the latest driver technologies forever you know.

The problem is, with the windows 7 driver NOTHING WORKS.

TCLN Ryster said,

I imagine you're stuck with WDDM 1.1 drivers (i.e. Windows 7) for those legacy graphics chips. You can't expect them to support old hardware with the latest driver technologies forever you know.

The problem is, with the windows 7 driver NOTHING WORKS.

Most important thing: These drivers include the AHCI driver that fixes the bug that made Windows 8 unusable for me.
My HDD driver was reset very often causing the system to nearly freeze for 40 seconds every 20 seconds or so.
Now I can finally use Windows 8!

I love you AMD device drivers for my card one day after the preview is released
Let that be a lesson to you NVidia and creative who take ****ing forever

The Consumer Preview driver are working great on my 6950's. The ones that Windows 8 installed were crashing every few minutes so far I have had no problems with the AMD provided one's and all my games play great with the RC10 drivers. Now if Nvidia could do the same my Intel/Nvidia rig would be happy to!

You would think AMD would be more concerned about fixing the bugs in their 7900 cards first, for Windows 7.

My 6000 series got an update through windows update (it was labelled as WDM 1.2) but i`m not sure if it was the same as the one being discussed. Did anyone else get a driver through WU or know if it`s the same one?
Can`t check it for a bit...

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