1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

AMD Catalyst 2011 Driver Year In Review

Michael Larabel

Published on 14 December 2010
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 5 - 3 Comments

With AMD having published the Catalyst 11.12 driver yesterday, the year is now complete as far as their graphics drivers are concerned. As such, for the sixth year, it's time for the year-in-review articles looking at how the NVIDIA and AMD GPU drivers have matured over the past twelve months in terms of features and OpenGL performance.

Before sharing the benchmark numbers of the monthly Catalyst Linux releases from Catalyst 10.12 (the end of last year) through this month's Catalyst 11.12 update, here's a few words about each of the driver releases from 2011.

Catalyst 11.1 brought production support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 (RHEL6), Linux 2.6.37 kernel support, and a hidden feature that was talked about on Phoronix. Hidden away in Catalyst 11.1 for Linux was an option that could be set to enable tear-free v-sync support for the Linux desktop that applied to 2D, 3D, and video. The tear-free support within the Catalyst driver is now generally in a good state.

In February the Catalyst 11.2 Linux driver brought a much leaner driver package (it dropped in size by about 20MB), updated packaging scripts, tear-free desktop updates, official Radeon HD 6800 series support, and Unigine Heaven fixes.

Catalyst 11.3 dropped support for the old X.Org Server 6.8 series, provided early support for openSUSE 11.4, and numerous bug-fixes, but it still didn't provide support for X.Org Server 1.10 as needed by Ubuntu 11.04, which resulted in another special early driver release to Ubuntu users.

Catalyst 11.4 brought the X.Org Server 1.10 support, early PowerXpress support, new distribution support, and various bug-fixes.

The May release of Catalyst 11.5 delivered on better localization support within the AMD Catalyst Control Center, early-look support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1, and bug-fixes.

Catalyst 11.6 was not exciting at all with just some bug-fixes making it into the driver.

<< Previous Page
1
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver
  2. The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source GPU Drivers
  3. AMD R600g/RadeonSI Performance On Linux 3.16 With Mesa 10.3-devel
  4. Intel Pentium G3258 On Linux
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa 10.3-devel
  2. KVM Benchmarks On Ubuntu 14.10
  3. X.Org Server 1.16 Officially Released With Terrific Features
  4. Ubuntu With Linux 3.16 Smashes OS X 10.9.4 On The MacBook Air
Latest Linux News
  1. GCC As A Just-In Time Compiler Is An Interesting Project
  2. Age Of Wonders III Is Still Being Ported To Linux
  3. Git 2.1 To Further Mainline Windows Support Patches
  4. Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Settling For Linux 3.16
  5. Meson: A Next-Gen Build System Showing Promise
  6. Linux 3.16-rc7 Calms Things Down For The Linux 3.16 Kernel
  7. Open-Source AMD Users Report Hawaii GPU Acceleration Is Working
  8. Linus Torvalds On GCC 4.9: Pure & Utter Crap
  9. Cauldron 2014: GCC & LLVM Will Look To Collaborate More
  10. GCC Receives ACM Programming Languages Software Award
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Porting Mesa to the Playstation 2
  2. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  3. ASRock AM1H-ITX: One Of The Best AM1 Mini-ITX Motherboards
  4. Debian + radeonsi
  5. Open-source drivers on ATI R7 260X
  6. Table test
  7. How To Setup Radeon DPM On Ubuntu Linux
  8. New build, first Linux PC, what could go wrong? ;)