AMD Rushes Out New Catalyst Beta Driver


With Star Wars Battlefront being released on Friday, AMD is coming out with a Catalyst 15.9 beta driver to fix the memory bug. The memory bug itself was very problematic because the memory leak caused some PCs to allocate all of their available memory when one would resize an active browser window. This got to a point where Chrome and Firefox increased their memory footprint very quickly when the hardware acceleration is turned on.

In order to fix this bug, affected users are asked to roll back their drivers to 15.7.1 which will speed up this fixing process.

According to the AMD website, the Catalyst will enhance the following games: “Battlefield: Hardline Evolve, Far Cry® 4, Lords of the Fallen, Project CARS, Total War: Attila, Alien: Isolation™, Assassin', Creed® Unity, Civilization®: Beyond Earth™, FIFA 2015, GRID Autosport, Ryse: Son of Rome, Talos Principle, The Crew, Grand Theft Auto V, Dying Light, The Witcher® 3: Wild Hunt.”

Not only this, but the AMD website states that the following issues are resolved: “Second Life - Avatar rendering is corrupted when hardware skinning is enabled, Star Trek Online - Block corruption is observed if MSAA is enabled, a black screen is observed when setting up a 3x1 SLS with 3 HDMI monitors, Leadwerks : A crash is observed with a "Pure Virtual Call" error message, system black hangs/BSOD upon resuming from S3/S4 sleep on AMD Radeon™ R9 285 configured in AMD CrossFire™ mode, with AMD CrossFire™ enabled, Timeout Detection Recovery (TDR) occurs during actual gameplay when YouTube Mix moves to the next song in Firefox®, screen tearing on enabling VSync with Alien: Isolation game, AMD Catalyst™ Control Center Video Quality settings may not be available or retained if the "Enforce Smooth Video Playback" option is not selected on some AMD Radeon™ HD Series graphics adapters, a black screen may be experienced when attempting to enable Eyefinity after changing the display mode (Portrait, Landscape), primary display may not be retained after disabling AMD CrossFire™ while in AMD Eyefinity mode, enabling or disabling AMD CrossFire™ may lead to one side of the 4K MST display being shown as black, and or stuttering may be seen in Dragon Age Inquisition on Single and Multi GPU configurations.”

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