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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.

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  • R3MF - Thursday, December 19, 2013 - link

    does this driver fix the problem with bonaire based GPU's periodically flicker-refreshing the screen when it is in idle (i.e. not full-screen 3D rendering)? Reply
  • Stachybotrys - Thursday, December 19, 2013 - link

    bonair? I thought that was the new pitcarn R9s? My pitcarn R9 270X flickers even with this driver for sure. Reply
  • TiGr1982 - Thursday, December 19, 2013 - link

    On my Brazos E2-1800 HTPC (Win 8.1 x64) after installing 13.12 WHQL the Driver Packaging Version is newer, than on previous 13.9 WHQL, but Catalyst writes it's still 13.9 instead of 13.12 (Information -> Software -> Catalyst Version = 13.9).
    Previous 13.9 was removed completely before installing new 13.12.
    It's a bug, I suppose.
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  • matagyula - Friday, December 20, 2013 - link

    Seems like I'm in the same boat :S is this really just a typo from their side, or are we stuck with the old driver? :O Reply
  • TiGr1982 - Friday, December 20, 2013 - link

    The actual video driver version is new:

    Driver Packaging Version 13.251-131206a-165817C-ATI

    It just looks to me that they missed to update the global version label to 13.12 OR it this formal 13.12 label is missing entirely, as on my desktop HD 7950 machine. It's a minor issue, anyway - don't bother. The new driver itself is working good (for me, at least).
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  • matagyula - Friday, December 20, 2013 - link

    You're right :) everything working well on my end, too Reply
  • JimmaDaRustla - Friday, December 20, 2013 - link

    Same here! Reply
  • tipoo - Thursday, December 19, 2013 - link

    Soo, how are Radeon HD 4000 series drivers looking for Windows 8.1? I'm still running a third party driver. Reply
  • ky4h - Thursday, December 19, 2013 - link

    I'm in the same boat, using the Windows 8.1 native driver on a HD 4850 but it's definitely missing out a lot of the optimizations from the Catalyst drivers. So which third party driver are you using? Reply
  • skiboysteve - Thursday, December 19, 2013 - link

    the fact that they dropped 4000 support for win 8+ upset me so much I went back to nvidia. such a lame moove Reply

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