AMD Catalyst 14.7 Releases, without Windows 8 Support?

Catalyst 14.7 is here.

AMD Catalyst 14.7 Releases, without Windows 8 Support?  

AMD Catalyst 14.7 Releases, without Windows 8 Support?

Last night AMD released their 14.7 Drivers, which aside from the usual performance improvements and bug fixes has dropped support for and OS, not even an Old OS but Windows 8.

Users of Windows 8 can upgrade to 8.1 for free, so Windows 8 users need not fear this change. Those who do not wish to upgrade to Windows 8.1 will still be able to use AMD's older 14.4 driver and future windows 7 driver will be able to be installed on windows 8 but AMD will no longer create specific Windows 8 drivers.

 

Patch Notes

Feature Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 14.7? RC Driver for Windows

  • Includes all improvements found in the AMD Catalyst™ 14.6 RC driver
  • AMD ?CrossFire™ and AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics profile update for Plants vs. Zombies???
  • Assassin's Creed IV - improved CrossFire scaling (3840x2160 High Settings) up to 93%
  • Collaboration with AOC has identified non-standard display timings as the root cause of 60Hz SST flickering exhibited by the AOC  U2868PQU panel on certain AMD Radeon™ graphics cards. A software workaround has been implemented in AMD Catalyst 14.7 RC driver to resolve the display timing issues with this display.  
    • Users are further encouraged to obtain newer display firmware from AOC that will resolve flickering at its origin. 
    • Users are additionally advised to utilize DisplayPort-certified cables to ensure the integrity of the DisplayPort data connection.???

 

Feature Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 14.6 RC Driver for Windows

  • Plants vs. Zombies (Direct3D performance improvements):
    • AMD Radeon R9 290X - 1920x1080 Ultra – improves up to 11%
    • AMD Radeon R9 290X - 2560x1600 Ultra – improves up to  15%
    • AMD Radeon R9 290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra)  - 92% scaling
  • 3DMark Sky Diver improvements:
    • AMD A4-6300 – improves up to 4%
    • Enables AMD Dual Graphics/AMD CrossFire support
  • Grid Auto Sport: 
  • AMD CrossFire profile
  • Wildstar:
    • Power Xpress profile
    • Performance improvements to improve smoothness of application
    • Performance improves up to 24% at 2560x1600 on the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series of products for both single GPU and multi-GPU configurations.
  • Watch Dogs:
    • AMD CrossFire – Frame pacing improvements
  • Battlefield Hardline Beta:
    • AMD CrossFire profile

 

In summation this new driver is mainly bug fixes, specifically issues in AOC monitors. Aside from this there are only improvements in EA's Plants vs Zombies and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed IV.

You can find all details of this driver and a direct download here and can discuss the driver here on the OC3D Forums.

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Most Recent Comments

11-07-2014, 10:12:21

WYP
AMD are dropping Windows 8 support in all new versions of of their Catalyst drivers. Better Update to 8.1

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...095421876l.jpg

Read more hereQuote

11-07-2014, 10:23:17

barnsley
Nothing about stability though . I'm hoping its waay better than 14.4 was. Really shook my confidence in AMD drivers after having no issues for years.Quote

11-07-2014, 13:32:34

Dicehunter
Does anyone really still use 8.0 though ?Quote

11-07-2014, 14:12:18

cooperman
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Does anyone really still use 8.0 though ?
Not here...Quote

11-07-2014, 15:15:58

NeverBackDown
Considering its only a beta driver its not really a big deal. Just from here on out no more support for it. Which makes it easier on the driver team since its one less thing to worry about.Quote

11-07-2014, 18:49:13

MadShadow
I think this is a good thing. Keeps people up to date with the current OS even if they dont like it. 8.1 is better anyway Quote

11-07-2014, 18:55:08

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
I think this is a good thing. Keeps people up to date with the current OS even if they dont like it. 8.1 is better anyway
Pretty much anyone on 8 should have upgraded by now, and anyone who hasn't are not PC gamers anyway.

Makes me think a Windows 7 vs Windows 8.1 comparison is needed here, I personally don't know which is better for gaming TBH. That being said I'm not going to buy a Windows 8 Key anytime soon even it is better.Quote

11-07-2014, 19:04:03

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
Pretty much anyone on 8 should have upgraded by now, and anyone who hasn't are not PC gamers anyway.

Makes me think a Windows 7 vs Windows 8.1 comparison is needed here, I personally don't know which is better for gaming TBH. That being said I'm not going to buy a Windows 8 Key anytime soon even it is better.
Windows 8 is faster for almost everything. Boot times and such are great. In gaming, maybe slightly better performance, but not much.Quote

11-07-2014, 19:09:23

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Windows 8 is faster for almost everything. Boot times and such are great. In gaming, maybe slightly better performance, but not much.
Good to know, I'll need to speak to Tom but maybe I can convince him to find a Windows 8.1 Key so we can get numbers to back your words up.

I'd be interested how things change. Cinebench, PCMARK, 3DMARK and then a few games. Would be an interesting bit of content for the site, and a good topic of discussion once the results come in.Quote

11-07-2014, 19:15:53

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
Good to know, I'll need to speak to Tom but maybe I can convince him to find a Windows 8.1 Key so we can get numbers to back your words up.

I'd be interested how things change. Cinebench, PCMARK, 3DMARK and then a few games. Would be an interesting bit of content for the site, and a good topic of discussion once the results come in.
Yep, I'd enjoy seeing all of the benefits in actual numbers like boot times, benchmarks, games, render times, etc.Quote

11-07-2014, 19:35:36

Excalabur50
I've been using 8.1 for ages and it performs great it's 7 trimmed down and quicker and just as stable, seriously what's not to like? People don't like change but are there things that could be better yes but you don't need to worry as the improvements needed will be released with 9 early next year.Quote

11-07-2014, 20:42:04

ander01se
Wtf is up with the Plants vs Zombies stuff? Is that even relevant?? O_o

And yeah, I'd like raw numbers on Win 8 vs Win 7 too! =)Quote

12-07-2014, 02:41:53

Damien c
Windows 8.1 is slightly faster at most task's than Windows 7 but what I have found is that Windows 7 is slightly better for some benchmarks and games, and then Windows 8.1 is faster in others.

Video converting appears to be quicker on Windows 8.1 though, I use Windows Movie Maker as I don't do any editing so it's just converting and it's probably shaved about 2 to 10 minutes of the conversion, dependent on the file size and quality options I choose.

I am currently on my old Western Digital Velociraptor drive since both my Corsair SSD's are having issues on my board, and until I can get some money together to replace my board I cannot test them properly.

The boot times are roughly 10 seconds quicker on a fresh install of Windows 8.1 compared to a fresh install of Windows 7.

Next time I have a week off work I will try and get some numbers though, but I don't have a week off till next month.Quote

12-07-2014, 05:00:29

SieB
Makes sense, if you are on windows 8 there is no reason for you not to have upgraded to 8.1, so it is a bit of a non issue really

It also makes sense driver wise because 8.1 has full DX11.2 where as Windows 8.0 is only DX11.1. That is also the reason why some games run faster on Windows 8/.1 compared to Windows 7 which is DX11.0.
Both DX11.1 and DX11.2 on Windows 8/.1 have performance benefits and better optimization over Windows 7 and DX11.0.Quote

12-07-2014, 05:32:55

cooperman
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Windows 8 is faster for almost everything. Boot times and such are great. In gaming, maybe slightly better performance, but not much.
The only reason windows 8 boots fast is because it gos in to a kind of sleep mode when shut down instead of actualy shuting down.
Windows 8 shutdown "saves" running services and drivers loaded to something like a hiberfile and resumes it on the next "fast startup".Quote

12-07-2014, 05:40:19

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by cooperman View Post
The only reason windows 8 boots fast is because it gos in to a kind of sleep mode when shut down instead of actualy shuting down.
Windows 8 shutdown "saves" running services and drivers loaded to something like a hiberfile and resumes it on the next "fast startup".
Alright, but it doesnt really matter how it does it. If its faster its faster Quote

12-07-2014, 08:43:13

barnsley
Windows 8/8.1 is waaay better for AMD cpus as it doesn't assign tasks to random threads (or something to that effect), even with the various hotfixes for Window 7.Quote

13-07-2014, 10:23:51

WYP
I started my look into Windows 7 vs 8.1 last night.

I have my windows 8 results finished and will do windows 7 results later in the week.
Currently I am now at my parents as 12-14th of July is a big family occasion for me, but I should have my results ready by the weekend.

Sadly I only have my 4670K to test, so I can't say anything about AMD performance gains, but it should be conclusive enough results as far as perf gain or loss goes.Quote

13-07-2014, 10:25:21

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
I started my look into Windows 7 vs 8.1 last night.

I have my windows 8 results finished and will do windows 7 results later in the week.
Currently I am now at my parents as 12-14th of July is a big family occasion for me, but I should have my results ready by the weekend.

Sadly I only have my 4670K to test, so I can't say anything about AMD performance gains, but it should be conclusive enough results as far as perf gain or loss goes.
Looking forward to it Quote

13-07-2014, 10:25:35

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
I started my look into Windows 7 vs 8.1 last night.

I have my windows 8 results finished and will do windows 7 results later in the week.
Currently I am now at my parents as 12-14th of July is a big family occasion for me, but I should have my results ready by the weekend.

Sadly I only have my 4670K to test, so I can't say anything about AMD performance gains, but it should be conclusive enough results as far as perf gain or loss goes.
I'm waiting Quote

13-07-2014, 10:36:08

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Looking forward to it
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
I'm waiting
Cheers guys.

I'll be looking into a few CPU benchmarks, PCMARK and 3DMARK Scores and a few gaming benchmarks to round it off. Trying to even include mantle, DX11 and OGL games to see if any gains more or less performance.

I'm trying to make everything as constant as possible, so all clean installs, exact same hardware and settings etc.

If the results are noteworthy it might become a mainpage article, if not a member review will do rightly. The news about Windows 7 support and new drivers etc has got me interested.Quote

13-07-2014, 12:32:04

Wraith
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Does anyone really still use 8.0 though ?
Oh boy not this again..... Quote

13-07-2014, 13:07:33

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
I started my look into Windows 7 vs 8.1 last night.

I have my windows 8 results finished and will do windows 7 results later in the week.
Currently I am now at my parents as 12-14th of July is a big family occasion for me, but I should have my results ready by the weekend.

Sadly I only have my 4670K to test, so I can't say anything about AMD performance gains, but it should be conclusive enough results as far as perf gain or loss goes.
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
I'm waiting
Ya hurry it up already!Quote

14-07-2014, 15:00:54

iiBetrayforAR
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Does anyone really still use 8.0 though ?
I do, I'm scared upgrading will break everything.Quote

14-07-2014, 15:03:50

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by iiBetrayforAR View Post
I do, I'm scared upgrading will break everything.
Mate its so worth it. You literally never have to see the sin that is metro again Quote
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