AMD has released the latest version of its Catalyst graphics driver package for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Vista, and 7. This version of the drivers introduces support for the Radeon HD 7800 series under Windows Vista and 7 - the 7700 and 7900 series cards were added in the last release, meaning that the Catalyst drivers now support the complete lineup of 7000-series cards. Windows XP support for these cards is slated to be introduced next month in Catalyst 12.4.

The new drivers also fix issues in a number of games, including a texture corruption bug in Skyrim that some of you mentioned was a problem with the 12.2 drivers. Other resolved issues include bugfixes in games like HAWX, Quake 4, XPlane, Alan Wake, and Far Cry 2, a crashing bug in the Furmark benchmark, and startup issues with the Catalyst Control Center.

The drivers support all Radeon HD 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 series graphics cards, IGPs, and APUs except where otherwise noted in the release notes, which are linked below. Support for the mobile versions of these cards is provided only to Windows Vista and 7 users.

Source: AMD

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  • Death666Angel - Monday, April 2, 2012 - link

    I can't install my shiny new card on Win98! Dammit AMD, ripping me off and lying and such!!
  • Andrew.a.cunningham - Friday, March 30, 2012 - link

    You may be able to get drivers directly from Sapphire. Otherwise, you should expect these sorts of delays (and eventually, loss of support) to become more common as Windows XP continues to age.
  • iamezza - Saturday, March 31, 2012 - link

    Try searching for 12.4 preview drivers and see if they work..
  • MrHanson - Friday, March 30, 2012 - link

    Downloaded these last night and it appears they work fine. I'm running 2 6870's in crossfire and I didn't notice any glitches in Syrim. It also seems to run pretty smoothly at 1920 x 1080 so I'm assuming x-fire is working alright. But anyway I'm getting quite sick and tired of waiting for driver fixes. Thanks you AMD and DRM for killing PC gaming.
  • warmbit - Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - link

    Here is the link to an interesting overview performance 7870 and 7850 of 5 Web sites competing Nvidia cards - GTX580 and GTX570 and penalties of the previous generation AMD - 6970 and 6950.

    Analysis of the results of the Radeon 7870 and 7850 in 12 games and 5 resolutions:

    You will know the relationship between average interest rates these cards and you will find out in which graphics card is better in the game and resolution.

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