AMD Unleashes Catalyst 15.7 WHQL Drivers: Win10, FRTC And FreeSync Crossfire Support
After a wait of several months, AMD finally released the Catalyst 15.7 WHQL graphics drivers today that are compatible with Windows 10 and the DirectX 12 API. Equally enticing, the new drivers offer FreeSync support for AMD CrossFire setups for the very first time.
“We are thrilled to deliver our latest driver upgrade, making customer experiences with Windows 10 and AMD even more entertaining and intuitive than ever,” said Ari Rauch, corporate VP, Software Development for AMD.
“The AMD Catalyst 15.7 driver enables a refined user experience, with better gaming, better streaming and video quality, and incredible efficiency, taking AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) state-of-the-art architecture to the next level.”
Here’s the highlights of the major additions that AMD Catalyst 15.7 WHQL Driver brings to the Radeon party:
- Performance improvements for older cards
- Frame Rate Target Control for older cards
- Virtual Super Resolution has been extended to the 7000 series and AMD APUs
- Crossfire Freesync is now supported
- Preliminary “technical preview” Windows 10 support (WDDM 2.0)
Up until now, FreeSync didn’t work with Crossfire which was quite a bummer for Radeon Crossfire users as they couldn’t synchronize their refresh rates between the GPU and the monitor. But now with Catalyst 15.7 WHQL drivers, that’s no longer an issue.
Other than being ready for Windows 10 and including CrossFire support for FreeSync, the Catalyst 15.7 offers some other features that Radeon owners will want to be aware of. Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) and Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) are also part of the package.
FRTC, which allows users to fine tune their graphics cards for more stable and consistent performance by capping the maximum frame rate, was previously only available for some 300 series cards via Catalyst 15.5 beta. The feature has now been rolled into these new drivers for the Radeon 200 series as well.
In addition, Virtual Super Resolution previously only available on certain members of the 200 series, now works on the full range of Radeon 300 series cards. All Radeon R7 260 and above GPUs, as well as AMD desktop A-series 7400K and above APUs also now support VSR!
You can check out the release notes and download the new drivers from AMD’s master driver download page.