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Driver Update: AMD Catalyst 14.12 Omega

AMD has after a long series of betas finally some new, stable Catalyst drivers released. The driver is available for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, with a separate download For 32-bit and 64-bit environments. Support for Windows 8.0 since version 14.6 lapsed and AMD therefore recommends that you install the free update to Windows 8.1. The latest drivers for Windows XP  from April, Vista even of December 2013 (32bit & 64bit).

The drivers are suitable for Radeon models from the HD 5000 series. For older cards like the HD 2000, 3000 and 4000 series, which are now referred to as legacy, the latest drivers version 13.1. AMD has announced the new drivers with many drums and speaks of ‘Omega’ and ‘Special Edition’. Dr. drivers include besides the usual bug fixes and performance enhancements include Virtual Super Resolution, which makes it possible to render a game on a 4k resolution, but on a standard high-resolution display for better image quality. The complete release notes can be found below.
Highlights of AMD Catalyst Omega Windows Driver

Introducing the AMD Catalyst Omega driver for Windows, a “Special Edition” driver delivered to enhance the AMD GPU and APU experience. The AMD Catalyst Omega driver contains over 20 new features, performance improvements, and significant number of bug fixes and improvements. All improvements will be carried forward in subsequent driver releases.

Virtual Super Resolution (VSR):
Render games at higher resolution and display them at lower resolution. Up to 4k quality gaming on 1080p HD displays

  • Smoother textures and edges
  • Game and Engine agnostic solution
  • Simulates Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing (SSAA) for games that don’t support it
  • Enabled through AMD Catalyst Control Center
  • Select higher resolution in-game settings
  • Available on AMD Radeon R9 290 series, and AMD Radeon R9 285 GPUs

5K Monitor Support:
Unparalleled display performance for professionals and gamers who require the highest resolution available and silky-smooth, fatigue-free graphics

  • 5120×2880 at 60Hz
  • 14.7 million pixels, 218 pixels-per-inch
  • Dual DisplayPort 1.2 input
  • Available on AMD FirePro and AMD Radeon R series GPUs