AMD Launch Catalyst 14.2 beta drivers

👤by Craig Farren Comments 📅26.02.2014 03:48:36

With the imminent release of THIEF, AMD have released the 14.2 beta drivers. Thief is optimized for AMD cards and will have support in the future for Mantle and TrueAudio. The 14.2 drivers will have out of the box support for 4K gaming, Eyefinity, Crossfire and some nice DX 11 performance. THIEF players will get some nice features such as compute shader-accelerated depth of field, silhouette-enhancing tessellation, SSAA for "buttery smooth edges" and a complex shadowing system thanks to a collaboration with Square. Mantle support has also been updated to stop hangs and stuttering in BF4.

However, what is perhaps more interesting than all that is it appears AMD has become more committed to support Linux. AMD Linux drivers have been quite terrible in the past but this appears to be a thing of the past if the list below is anything to go on.

- Video Compression Engine (VCE) enabled for compatible GPU and APU products (e.g. GCN-based SKUs). Hardware-accelerated encode of H.264 now possible for 1080p60 content

- Video decode (UVD) performance and efficiency improvements for the AMD R9 290/290X, R9 260X, "Kaveri" and "Kabini"

- X-Video hardware video acceleration via the GLAMOR library now supported

- 2D acceleration via the GLAMOR library now enabled by default

- Substantial improvements to overall video transcode times for hardware-accelerated transcoding apps

- Tiling support now enabled on all GCN-based products

- Substantial OpenGL feature level upgrade to v4.3

- Major contributions to the Linux kernel 3.14 to improve dynamic power management, DisplayPort robustness and power efficiency on all GCN-based hardware

-New programming guides and register specifications released for HD 5000, 6000, 7000 and R9/R7 Series GPUs. This will enable volunteer and professional developers to contribute to the X.ORG OSS Radeon driver, and can facilitate porting to other non-Linux platforms.

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