AMD Releases Catalyst 11.2 Driver Suite

Written by John Ponio    Thursday, 17 February 2011 15:01

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This week AMD released it's new Catalyst 11.2 Driver Suite for the Radeon HD 2400 series up to the HD 6900 series. There's a big update list, as normal, that can be found here. The download is available here. Some of the new features, taken from the update list, will follow if you read on.

  • Catalyst AI Texture Filtering updates
    • The Quality setting has now been improved to match the High Quality setting in all respects but one;  it enables an optimization that limits tri-linear anisotropic filtering to areas surrounding texture mipmap level transitions, while doing bilinear anisotropic filtering elsewhere.  This optimization offers a way to improve filtering performance without visibly affecting image quality
    • The Performance setting has been updated to address the sharpness of the default Quality setting causing shimmering in certain cases.  It now provides a smoother filtering option that eliminates most shimmering while preserving the improved detail provided by anisotropic filtering.
  • Tessellation Controls
    • Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series and the AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
    • New settings give users full control over the Tessellation levels used in applications.
      • The default selection “AMD Optimized” setting is intended to set the best level of Tessellation on a per application basis.   The “AMD Optimized” setting is designed to help users get the maximum visual benefit of Tessellation, while minimizing the performance impact associated with enabling Tessellation.    Currently no applications have been profiled.
      • The “Use Application Settings” option gives applications full control over the Tessellation level.
      • Users can also manually set the maximum tessellation level used by applications with the slider control
  • Morphological Anti-Aliasing support for the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series
    • AMD Catalyst now includes official support for Morphological Anti-Aliasing for the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series