Continuing their work on the 12.11 drivers, AMD has recently released their 12.11 beta 11 driver update. This driver fixes several system hangs while including the previous improvements to performance found in Beta 8. In particular, the driver notes call out to a performance upgrade for Far Cry 3. Here are the direct links to the various drivers:

AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta11 Driver for Windows Vista/7/8
AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta11 Driver for Windows Vista/7/8 - with .NET 4 Support
AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta11 Driver for Linux
AMD Catalyst 12.11 CAP2

AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta Release Notes

  • Improves 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)
  • Resolves a sporadic system hang encountered with a single AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPU seen on X58 and X79 chipsets.
  • Resolves an intermittent hang encountered with AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs in a CrossFire Eyefinity setup.
  • Resolves image corruption found in certain DirectX 9.0c titles
  • Resolve missing fonts issue in XBMC
  • Resolves no video issue found in Media Player Classic Home Cinema when using full or half floating point processing
  • Resolves stability issues found in the previous AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta8 driver for Linux
  • For users experiencing issues with HDMI Audio under Ubuntu 12.04, users should try installing the “dkms-hda - 0.201211291615~precise1” package from and reboot; this will resolve the HDMI Audio issue found in Ubuntu 12.04
  • AMD Catalyst 12.11 CAP2 has just been released, and should be used in conjunction with AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta11
    • Improves Far Cry 3 performance for single GPU configurations with AA enabled

Source: AMD Catalyst™ 12.11 Beta Driver

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  • CeriseCogburn - Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - link

    After endless days and hours of eternal tech screwing and hacking, a friend of mine got his no longer to be RMA'ed 6870 going to his personal satisfaction.... yeah it was drivers...

    His clone backups couldn't reproduce running correctly.
    Endless pure clean reinstalls - no.
    15 bios flashes - NOPE.
    user/../xml file hacking - NOPE
    TRIXXX nope
    on and on and on and on......
    Finally, going to Sapphire and downloading their 12.8 version ... did the trick...

    So the thing is - with amd, it may (probably WILL) take weeks off your life, and the rule of thumb is - don't use the latest driver... unless you have the current top videocard, and if things are working 2d/3d clocks etc no crashes etc - don't upgrade the driver.
    That's not hard and fast because it is very true sometimes a driver finally does an amd card good, and you get a nice perf increase....
    Hard thing is wasting your life finding it - and all the endless failures in between.
  • Medallish - Friday, December 7, 2012 - link

    I love how some people can't install drivers properly, I've exclusively used AMD graphics card since 2008, never have I had driver related issues, I didn't see it before I went with AMD and I haven't seen it after, appearently running an exe file is too hard a task for some people.
  • Gigaplex - Sunday, January 13, 2013 - link

    I've had driver related issues when trying to upgrade the drivers on a system with an Intel ICH9 chipset. If any USB device was plugged in, the system would BSOD during AMDs hardware detection routines. Worked fine on every other machine I've tried though, go figure.
  • Spunjji - Friday, December 7, 2012 - link

    Blah blah blah blah blah.
  • trajik78 - Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - link

    running Win8 and tried installing the .net4 drivers...hanging on the HDMI/DP audio driver for me...great.
  • Medallish - Friday, December 7, 2012 - link

    What's your system? I've installed it on my HTPC(A6 Trinity APU) so far it seems to work fine.
  • Yorgos - Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - link

    Since the's new version in may-april all the amd graphic cards prior to the 5000 series are not supported, yet there was a beta in the summer that was abandoned when amd announced that they drop support for these cards. My concerns are not about improving performance on an old card but supporting the new versions of in those old drivers.
    This problem for example does not exist in win 7/Vista/xp no matter what updates decides MS to do on these OSes.
    OSS drivers are far from stable and the greatest disadvantage is that they cannot clock the card properly or set the correct working profile(especially on laptops).

    Does anyone know if there is going to be that kind of update on those cards by AMD?
    Just to get it clear, nobody asks for performance fixes, or anything unrealistic for those card, I am talking about a small tweak on the card to support the latest X.
  • overzealot - Monday, December 10, 2012 - link

    I'm fairly certain they're not going to be releasing any further updates for those cards.
    That's the downside to not having a stable ABI (the reason MS drivers stay functional through updates).
    If you want the latest X, you're going to have to go the open source drivers. There's some promising improvements re: power management in the next few kernel releases, if you can wait that long.
    If you can't - stick with the last release that does support your card, or switch to a distro using an older X (or build your own). Enterprise-centric distros tend to be fairly conservative with X and other components as well, if support is what you're worried about.
  • klmccaughey - Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - link

    IF you are running Ubuntu 12.10 (it being the most acceptable OS for mainstream Linux, arguably) they SHOULD sort this out. They have made a commitment to Open Source and should stand by it.

    We need a solution to this.
  • slatanek - Friday, December 7, 2012 - link

    Performance improvement in this case has been made at the expense of quality. Since I updated the driver (7850) every object in the game has a weird looking "border" shadow around its edges. Looks as if all objects were badly cell shaded.

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