AMD Releases Catalyst 12.2 Drivers, Supports Radeon HD 7000 Seriesby Andrew Cunningham on March 12, 2012 12:15 AM EST
AMD has released the WHQL-certified version of its Catalyst 12.2 driver package for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Vista, and 7. In addition to the fixes and enhancements we'll discuss below, this is AMD's first unified driver package that has added support for members of the Radeon HD 7000 series in Windows Vista and Windows 7, specifically the 7900, 7700, and OEM-only 7300 series. Support for the 7800 series will follow at a later date, and Windows XP support will come in Catalyst 12.4.
The new Catalyst drivers enable Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing in DirectX 10 and 11 games, which can be enabled and disabled through the Catalyst Control Center in supported applications. AMD's Eyefinity multi-monitor technology has also been improved, bringing support for a wider range of custom resolutions, dynamic configuration changes when monitors are plugged in and unplugged, the ability to move and resive the Windows taskbar via HydraVision, and the ability to create multiple display profiles for easy configuration changes on the fly.
The new drivers also fix bugs in several games, including HAWX, Modern Warfare 3, Dragon Age 2, Battleforge, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Batman: Arkham City, Dirt 3, and several Crossfire bugs. It also properly enables hardware acceleration for BluRay 3D content. A full list of bug fixes and known issues can be found in the release notes, linked below.
In addition to support for the 7000-series cards, the drivers also support Radeon HD 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, and 6000 series graphics cards, IGPs, and APUs.