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AMD officially announces Catalyst Omega driver

AMD officially announces Catalyst Omega driver


AMD announces Catalyst Omega driver

AMD announces Catalyst Omega driver

 

Today it has been revealed that AMD has been working hard on optimising and implementing many new features into their Catalyst Drivers.  With Virtual Super Resolution (VSR), Freesync and an up to 29% performance boost, this may be AMD's best driver yet.

AMD's  Omega Drivers are now available on AMD's website, here.

 

AMD announces Catalyst Omega driver

 

Bug Fixes

AMD has been working hard with the community to fix the most common issues in their drivers, including the many of the blackscreen issues during or after install and other errors which would result in a system crash. The ten fixes in the image below are just the top ten requested fixes, many more are included in this driver. 

 

 AMD officially announces Catalyst Omega driver

 

Virtual Screen Resolution

Virtual Screen Resolution is essentially AMD's answer to Nvidia's Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) which was implemented in Nvidia's Maxwell launch Drivers. Virtual Screen Resolution allows the users of R9 290 series and R9 285 GPUs to apply this form of super-sampling through the catalyst control center.

 

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FreeSync

All of us have heard of FreeSync by now, it is expected to launch early next year with review samples of Freesync monitors coming soon. FreeSync is a technology enabled by the VESA optional Displayport Adaptive-Sync standard, which will require no additional hardware, just a display with a compatible scalar. This is in contrast to G-Sync which requires a Nvidia made Scalar which has associated Royalty fees and a cost increase.

 

AMD announces Catalyst Omega driver

 

Performance Boost

AMD's Omega driver will also have a decent performance boost compared to AMD's older driver implementations. This is similar to what we had seen in AMD's original "Never Settle" Drivers in late 2012. It is great to see AMD getting more performance out of their drivers here, especially since they have no competition for the Nvidia GTX 900 Series at present.

 

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Other features and enhancements 

This driver also contains many other enhancements including 5K display support, fluid motion video and many others. 

 

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TressFX 3.0 and OpenCL 2.0

The addition of TressFX 3.0 support will enable developers to use the effect on textured geometry, allowing animal fur to be simulated. TressFX 3.0 also features greatly improved performance over it's first generation counterpart used in Tomb Raider.

OpenCL 2.0 will also add support for OpenCL 2.0, allowing the GPU the be used for more types workloads.

 

 AMD officially announces Catalyst Omega driver  AMD officially announces Catalyst Omega driver  

 

AMD's  Omega Drivers are now available on AMD's website, here.

 

Join the discussion on the AMD Catalyst Omega Driver on the OC3D Forums.    

 

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Most Recent Comments

09-12-2014, 09:25:26

Dicehunter
Some early tests with a 290X and 290X crossfire show minimal improvements and in some cases worse than the last driver but it's good to see new implementations like the resolution tool Quote

09-12-2014, 11:58:23

Kyiagi
so 14.12 is Omega? or im looking in the wrong place :>Quote

09-12-2014, 12:06:05

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by Kyiagi View Post
so 14.12 is Omega? or im looking in the wrong place :>
Yep 14.12 is the Omega driver Quote

09-12-2014, 12:54:58

NeverBackDown
Amazing to see what drivers can do even when most of the hardware is from 2011. Congrats to that driver team, sure it wasn't easy.Quote

09-12-2014, 12:59:13

Chrazey
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Some early tests with a 290X and 290X crossfire show minimal improvements and in some cases worse than the last driver but it's good to see new implementations like the resolution tool
Same goes for 290?...Quote
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