A new and good world: AMD releases the Catalyst Omega driver

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The drivers, which come just in time for the holidays and the New Year, offer new support for the 5K resolution, support for 24 concurrently, the implementation of Virtual Super Resolution technology,


As part of the company's plan to close 2014 with an explosion, AMD is releasing its Catalyst's 14.12 update under the name Omega. The update, which loads the driver version to 14.501.0.0, introduces new support for the 5K resolution (such as the Dell UP2715K screen), support for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, which until now has only been supported by , New video technologies (AMD Fluid Motion, FreeSync), improved performance of video cards and APU accelerators in a variety of games and of course debugging. Let's look at exactly what You're renewing your computer.

Video and resolution

As part of the Omega Catalyst drivers update Omega, the company introduces new support in a number of areas, the first of which is resolution. With the new drivers Officially supports screens with a resolution of 5K (or 2880 × 5120). The support, which will not be much used due to lack of screens with this resolution and due to their high price (the UP2715K screen is priced at $ 2,500 or $ 9,900), but the wider support of resolutions is certainly welcome. Keep in mind that the graphics cards from the R series of Although they now support 5K resolution, two connections are still required 1.2 for resolution (due to the limited support of the To the maximum of 4K). In addition, the company's eyefinity technology now supports 24 monitors running simultaneously.

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Another support that the company brings with the Omega driver is video playback. Introduces two new technologies in the field - AMD Fluid Motion Video - this is Which uses the processing power of the video card, and in combination with the PowerDVD 14 software, it improves the playback of Blu-ray movies, both in the enhanced conversion of 24 Blu-ray movies from 60 to the XNUMX, and in the overall quality of the video processing and presentation, Which improves the performance of the APU accelerators in the field, which until now had trouble dealing with this heavy media.

More technology that The assimilation is UltraHD-Like technology (we are not sure if this is the exact branding). This technology is designed for situations where a screen is present With less resolution media (eg 1080p). In this mode the technology will quickly increase the media resolution to a resolution Which according to the company (and according to the presentations) its quality hardly ever decreases from natural 4K clusters.

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In the gaming field, the new Omega driver He does not stop for a moment. First, the company is upgrading its Frame Pacing system, the same technology that is responsible for correctly coordinating game frames and maintaining smooth, non-fragmented graphics, with new enhancements to systems with an array of two parallel accelerators (for APU accelerators, Or higher of the Company). These improvements are valid for Batman Arkhan Origins, Metro Games, , Sniper Elite 3 and more.

Another technology that In the field of gaming, virtualization is the technology of Virtual Super Resolution. This (an answer to Nvidia's Dynamic Super Resolution technology) uses the graphics processing power of a computer capable of running a game at the highest resolution from the screen to which it is connected (supporting R9 29X and R9 285 cards), thus rendering the game at higher resolution and then displaying resolution Lower, which should increase image quality and display more details.

In addition to new technologies, Features improvements in its video cards and APU accelerators with increased performance (compared with 13.12 Catalyst drivers) Over 10 percent in games like Batman Arkham Origins, Bioshock Infinite, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and more. The improvement in the performance of the company's APU accelerators ranged from 5 percent to twenty-nine percent in those games, a marked increase of Since the Catalyst drivers in the 14.2 version.


Broader support

Besides improving ticket performance, Reiterates OpenSync's OpenSync technology, which builds on the DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync standard and aims to synchronize the screen's refresh rate with the graphics processing rate of the game. The same standard allows the technology of (Equivalent to Anodia's G-Sync technology) to be almost every modern screen with the support of DisplayPort's global standard, which makes anodia a major blow to the price and use of technology. She also makes sure to mention her support With FreeSync technology, with screens 23.6, 27, 28, and 31.5 sizes to be exported in 2015.

A new field in it It supports external graphics accelerators. Alienware's graphic amplifier technology, which offers a significant improvement in notebook performance by using a desktop video card for additional processing power, has so far supported only Anodia cards. With its new Omega drivers, Provides full support for the external graphics accelerator, 13, but will support most computers, and even become (hopefully) some standard in the field.



And finally how not, bugs. From a screen in a Quad CrossFire array to screens that do not wake up, We are very happy to see, especially with the many enhancements we have received with the company's Omega driver.

List of major bugs that the Omega driver solves

So what did we get from AMD's new AMD driver? Besides significant improvements of up to ten percent in video cards and up to 30 percent of APU accelerators in a multitude of games, the company has made it a concern to bring to the tab significant technologies that are very relevant to our time. A smarter use of the graphics power of our instrument, even in the absence of a monstrous resolution screen, Makes sure that as many of its users enjoy the benefits that its graphics cards can bring to millions of users and gamers around the world.