NewsAMD Catalyst Software Suite Version 13.1 Released

AMD Catalyst Software Suite Version 13.1 Released


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This morning my computer told me about an update for the AMD Catalyst Software Suite – taking it to version 13.1.

amd_thumb1Version 13.1 contains the following:

AMD Catalyst Control Center:  New 3D settings and profile management user interface:

AMD Catalyst 13.1 features a newly designed 3D application settings page, designed to allow users to more easily adjust and control their 3D settings on a per application basis.

Performance Highlights of AMD Catalyst 13.1 (vs. AMD Catalyst 12.10):  Includes all of the performance improvements found in AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 11

  • Performance gains seen on the entire AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series:
  • All game were tested at high / extreme / ultra levels
    • Enhanced performance in Far Cry 3 (up to 25% with 8xMSAA, SSAO enabled @ 1600p, and up to 15% with 8xMSAA, HDAO enabled @1600p) (AMD Catalyst 12.11 CAP2 must also be installed)
    • Enhanced AMD CrossFire™ scaling performance in Call of Duty Black Ops 2
    • Up to 10%-15% more performance in Battlefield 3 in most cases
      • • More than 20% in certain missions and sequences (Comrades)
    • Up to 7% more performance in Metro 2033
    • Up to 10% more performance in DiRT Showdown
    • Up to 8% more performance in Sleeping Dogs
    • Up to 12% more performance in Civilization V
    • Up to 10% more performance in StarCraft II
    • Up to 8% more performance in Sniper Elite: V2
    • Up to 5% more performance in Max Payne 3
  • AMD Catalyst Mobility 7970M performance for AMD Enduro™ technology supported platforms has been  improved for DirectX® 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications:
    • 3DMark® 06 – Up to 6%
    • 3DMark Vantage – Up to 15%
    • 3DMark 11 – Up to 12%
    • AvP – Up to 11%
    • Battlefield 3 – Up to 25%
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Up to 13%
    • Crysis 2: Up to 45%
    • DiRT Showdown – Up to 62%
    • ETQW – Up to 8%
    • Hard Reset – Up to 8%
    • Just Cause 2 – Up to 90%
    • Mafia 2 – Up to 40%
    • The Chronicles of Riddick – Up to 4%
    • Shogun 2 – Up to 56%
    • StarCraft 2 – Up to 25%
    • Skyrim – Up to 45%
    • Sniper Elite V2 – Up to 60%
    • Tom Clancy’s HAWX – Up to 56%
    • Unigine Heaven – Up to 33%
    • Wolfenstein – Up to 9%

Resolved Issues for the Windows 8 / Windows 7 Operating Systems:

This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst 13.1 software suite.

  • A sporadic system hang encountered with a single AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPU seen on X58 and X79 chipsets.
  • An intermittent hang encountered with AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs in an AMD CrossFire + Eyefinity setup.
  • Missing fonts in XBMC
  • No video found in Media Player Classic Home Cinema when using full or half floating point processing
  • Skyrim lighting (missing a lighting pass) for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
  • Skyrim cloud corruption experience in various in game locations
  • A  hang playing Dishonored on the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
  • Engine and memory clocks running too high when the GPU is idle.
  • GPU activity runs at lower values than expected seen on the AMD Radeon HD 7870.
  • Corruption seen in Darkness 2 and Carrier Command when using AMD CrossFire configurations
  • Adobe Premier  Pro CS6 may fail to launch
  • Hang experienced with AMD Crossfire and Eyefinity enabled on X58 and X78 chipsets
  • Corel PaintShop Pro X3 – Hangs at the “Initializing Command Manager” window
  • Company of Heroes 2 – display corruption experienced when AA is enabled in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Cyberlink  Powerdirector  10 crashes intermittently.
  • Company of Heroes : Tales of Valor – Flickering experienced when AA is disabled
  • Max Payne 3 – Flickering experienced in DirectX 9 mode with forced AA enabled
  • Cyberlink PoweDVD 10 – crashes intermittently
  • VLC – Green texture corruption seen in 720p MPEG2 video clips
  • Black screen encountered when “Alternate DVI mode” is enabled in the AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Green display corruption seen in Skype webcam video

Known Issues

The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced with the AMD Catalyst 13.1 software suite.

Known issues under the Windows 8 Operating System.

  • Sleeping Dogs – game may fail to launch in certain configurations

Known issues under the Windows 7 Operating System.

  • Shogun 2 – Total War : flickering experienced when game is run in medium quality mode
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Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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