After 9.5 betas, AMD has finally released a WHQL certified driver from their latest driver branch (13.25x) in the form of Catalyst 13.12.

First introduced as the launch driver for the 280X and other Radeon 200 series cards, 13.12 rolls out a number of changes into AMD’s WHQL driver, including official support for the 290 series video cards (and the post-launch fanspeed changes), tiled resources support, tiled monitor support (4k monitors), a number of new game profiles, and an even larger number of performance improvements. This is also the first WHQL driver to include AMD’s phase 1 frame pacing fixes for pre-GCN 1.1 cards.

Also of note, for those users concerned about the lack of Vista support in the betas, Vista support is here and present for the WHQL version. AMD has previously indicated that they’ll continue to support Vista so this was expected, but like the 13.11 betas we wouldn’t be surprised to see that Vista support remains absent in future beta releases.

As always, you can grab the driver from AMD’s driver download page. The 64bit Windows driver weighs in at 203MB. Meanwhile release notes can be found on AMD’s driver release notes page.

Source: AMD

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  • 'nar - Friday, January 3, 2014 - link

    Computer hardware is like a loaf of bread. It only lasts so long on the shelf, regardless of whether or not you eat it. It does not matter if a 4870 is up to the task or not, AMD has moved on to GCN, deal with it. If you and many others were really concerned about it you'd pay AMD to continue to develop drivers for them. If legacy drivers on legacy OS's is not good enough for you, buy a new card that is currently supported. They do not work for free you know, they just develop drivers for the most common hardware out there, and you are being left behind, cheapskates. Have fun playing Pac Man on your 486 and don't worry about updates because you don't need them!
  • Mr Perfect - Thursday, December 19, 2013 - link

    Can anyone comment on the following line from the release notes?

    Windows Driver Model (WDM) drivers are no longer bundled in the AMD Catalyst software suite. The WDM drivers install bundle can be downloaded independently through the AMD website.

    I'm not seeing any separate downloads other then a Hydravision package, so what exactly are these missing WDM drivers?
  • andysexton - Thursday, December 19, 2013 - link

    Still no mention of the memory leak issue with 5XXX and 6XXX cards in BF4 in Win 8.1. After playing awhile, the game suddenly fills up all memory with the nonpaged memory pool, that only clears on full reboot.

    This has been going on since launch, and has several huge threads on the EA forums, but all DICE and AMD seem to do is point fingers at each other.


    And here:
  • Gigaplex - Saturday, December 21, 2013 - link

    Considering the massively long list of issues with BF4 right now, I'd be comfortable at this stage to point the finger at DICE.
  • nunya112 - Friday, December 20, 2013 - link

    Is anyone else having really long install times? im at 35 minutes (it is progressing) it happened with 13.11 as well so its installed the new driver its flickered, restored the video ect. now its moved onto installing the CCC and the indicator is at 75% and the bottom one is still cycling. hasnt hung up. the performance tab is showing its got CPU and memory allocation/ use. just taking fricking ages. have they snuck a bios update in as well or something??
  • 'nar - Friday, January 3, 2014 - link

    I installed this driver last night, twice. I keep getting a glitch on both monitors that pops up randomly. I am going to revert, these aren't fully baked.
  • 'nar - Friday, January 3, 2014 - link

    oh, and I use an Asus ROG Matrix 7970 on Win7 Pro. I upgrade every 1-2 years to keep the hardware current and in support.

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