Giblets: AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta 1.6 drivers available now

AMD’s Catalyst 14.1 1.6 Beta driver is now available for download and measures in at roughly 300MB. AMD has crammed a tonne of fixes into this release, adding in the Mantle and TrueAudio APIs as well as including fixes for Crossfire and other issues with Radeon GPUs that still needed to be resolved. Click on the download links below for the drivers, or hit the jump to find out more about the changes to the drivers.

Please note, these are very, very beta drivers and as such should not be used on a mission-critical system or in an environment where you don’t need crashes and blue screens to ruin your day. You’ll also have to uninstall your old Catalyst drivers beforehand when installing the 14.1 drivers. For this release, Catalyst Application Profiles (CAPs) do not need to be downloaded.

Download the drivers: AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta 1.6 for Windows 7/8/8.1

Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst™ 14.1 Beta Driver for Windows

Support for the following new AMD Desktop APU (Accelerated Processors) products:

  • AMD A10-7850K
  • AMD A10-7700K

AMD Mantle Beta driver:

AMD’s Mantle is a groundbreaking graphics API that promises to transform the world of game development to help bring better, faster games to the PC.

  • Performance gain of up to 45%(versus the DirectX version) for Battlefield 4 on the R9 290 Series
  • Performance gain of up to 200% (versus the DirectX version) for Star Swarm on the R9 290 Series

Note: AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta must be used in conjunction with versions of these applications that support Mantle

AMD Mantle Beta driver currently supports the following:

  • AMD Radeon™ R9 Series GPUs
  • AMD Radeon™ R7 Series GPUs
  • AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series GPUs
  • AMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Series GPUs
  • AMD A10-7000 Series and AMD A8-7000 Series APUs

Crossfire and Frame Pacing enhancements:

  • Enhanced AMD CrossFire frame pacing – Support for 4K panel and Eyefinity non-XDMA CrossFire solutions (including the AMD Radeon R9 280, 270 Series, 7900 Series, 7800 Series) and Dual Graphics configurations
  • Supported on 4K panels and Eyefinity configurations
  • Supported on AMD Dual Graphics configurations
  • Supported on DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications

Resolved Issues:

  • Ground texture flickering seen in Total War: Rome 2 with high settings (and below) set in game
  • Flickering texture corruption when playing Call of Duty: Ghosts (multi-player) in the space station level
  • Blu-ray playback using PowerDVD black screen on extended mode not working
  • Streaming VUDU HD/HDX content on Sharp PN-K321 (DP) causes the right-side half to flicker in and out
  • After waking up the monitor, users encounter a black screen
  • Full screen issue with rotation in DX9 games and titles
  • Video window black screen when using Samsung Kies to play video
  • Crysis 2 negative scaling in outdoor scene, insufficient scaling in some scenes
  • Red Faction no or negative crossfire scaling with DX9 and DX11
  • Age of Conan corruption and performance issues with crossfire enabled
  • Company of Heroes shadows corrupted when using crossfire
  • Resident Evil 5 performance unstable when display mode set to Windowed mode
  • Total War: Shogun 2 flickering menu/text
  • Frame rate drop when disabling post-processing in 3DMark06
  • Negative Crossfire scaling with The Secret World in DX11 mode
  • F1 2012 Crashes to desktop
  • Tomb Raider Hair Simulation Stutters on Crossfire
  • Negative CrossFire scaling experienced in Call of Duty [no version given]
  • Battlefield 3 performance drop on Haswell systems with Radeon graphics
  • Choppy video playback on 4k Video
  • VSync tearing with 2×1 Eyefinity SLS CrossFire
  • Far Cry 3 game flickering while changing resolutions
  • Display corruption and BSOD occurs when extending a display after disabling Multiple GPU SLS array
  • Flickering seen when enable three 4kx2k panels at the same time
  • No Video, just a black screen when setting Chrome to run in “High Performance” when playing certain video clips
  • Image crashed on Starcraft

Known issues:

  • Intermittent stuttering or stability issues may occur when utilizing Mantle with AMD CrossFire™ technology in BattleField 4™ – AMD recommends using the DirectX code path when playing Battlefield 4 with multiple GPUs. A future AMD Catalyst release will resolve these issues
  • Notebooks based on AMD Enduro or PowerXpress™ technologies are currently not supported by the Mantle codepath in Battlefield 4
  • AMD Eyefinity configurations utilizing portrait display orientations are currently not supported by the Mantle codepath in Battlefield 4
  • AMD Eyefinity technology is not currently supported in the Star Swarm​ application
  • AMD testing for the AMD Catalyst™ 14.1 Beta Mantle driver has been concentrated on the following products: AMD Radeon™ R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280, R9 270, R7 260X, R7 260, HD 7000 Series, HD 8000 Series, A10-7850K and A10-7700K. Future AMD Catalyst™ releases will include full test coverage for all AMD products supported by Mantle.
  • Graphics hardware in the AMD A10-7850K and A10-7700K may override the presence of a discrete GPU under the Mantle code path in Battlefield 4
  • Frame Pacing for Dual Graphics and non-XDMA configurations above 2560×1600 do not currently work with Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4. An upcoming release will enable support
  • DX9 Dual graphics is not supported in AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta. An upcoming release will enable support.