AMD outs feature-packed Catalyst Omega Driver

AMD outs feature-packed Catalyst Omega Driver

AMD, like most hardware manufacturers, usually seeds updates/drivers to further boost the capabilities of its products. But the newly launched Catalyst Omega Driver isn’t your typical bug-fix-update as it packs a lot of software-based improvements for supported graphics card and/or APU.

There are a number of features that are included in the Catalyst Omega driver update that caters to both the end-users and developers. If you’re a game developer, here are some of the things that you can look forward to in the update.

TressFX 3.0
OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL ES3.0 support
Driver Support for CodeXL 1.6
Linux Distro Specific Packaging


Now that’s out of the way, let’s see what the Catalyst Omega has in store for the end-users. The driver update is touted to add at least 20 new features to supported hardware; some of which you can’t take advantage of right away (support for 5K monitors), while some are so good that it makes this update a must-have for AMD users.

1080p detail enhancement

Apart from performance enhancements (up to 19% on Bioshock Infinite), the Catalyst Omega also brings some note-worthy improvements like FreeSync Technology (addresses screen tearing sans the lag and latency), Virtual Super Resolution (renders games at higher resolution and display at lower resolution that fits your monitor), and software-based video enhancements like Contour Removal, 1080p Detail Enhancements, and Fluid Motion Video.

Here’s the list of all the things that the update will bring to supported AMD hardware:

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The new AMD Catalyst Omega Driver is now available for download on this link.

This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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2 Responses

  1. Jonathan says:

    So glad i bought an R9 280x OC a couple of weeks back instead of a GTX760 :D
    And good to see that they picked up on what Durante has been doing (rendering at higher resolutions, then downscaling to native res)
    Makes older games and poorly ported games locked at 720p look MUCH MUCH better.

  2. Adam Hurst says:

    It only helps if you have an R series. 7xxx will be supported eventually but the rest of us will miss out. Personally I have an 6750. The 7xxx are rebranded 6xxx which in turn were rebranded 5xxx so in theory I think they should all be able to support it with a firmware update.

    I find it funny when they used Intel processor instead of their own Processor. That means they needed Intel processor make this product ‘good’/

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