AMD Catalyst 13.12 Driver goes from Beta to Stable

Great work, Columbo.

Well as of right now I am still waiting for my final 5 parts for my ARCH gamebox. So I wanted to see what was new on the AMD front. I knew that the beta was going on but I didn’t think it would get pushed to “Stable” so quickly (as of DEC 19th, 2013). Needless to say I had to snoop around at what was hot and fresh for 13.12.
Now why should you care about AMD drivers? Steam Machines, If AMD wants to help push out Steam machines they need to work on Linux support. This could be a great step in the right direction. Especially when will be showing off their Steam Machine soon at CES. So enough yammering, let’s get it on.

They have my V-Card?!

  • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series
  • AMD Radeon R9 280X Series
  • AMD Radeon R9 270X Series
  • AMD Radeon R7 260X Series
  • AMD Radeon R7 250 Series
  • AMD Radeon R7 240 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series
  • ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series

Mind you I am not a laptop kind of guy. Here is what is supported for nomad-like mobile cards (savages):

  • AMD Radeon HD 8000M Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 7000M Series
  • AMD Radeon HD 6000M Series
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series

Now AMD says they built this driver to support:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Suite 6.3 and 6.4
  • SUSE® Linux Enterprise 11 SP3
  • OpenSUSE 11.4 and 12.1
  • Ubuntu 12.04.2 and 13.04

But we all know other communities have already got their hands on it like how the ARCH community was already on it. A AUR (Arch Linux User Respository) member, by the name talebook submitted the package build and has been maintained by Vi0L0 (Kudo’s to you both). Now You can check out all the updates for the Package build HERE.

Can I claim them as dependencies on my taxes?

As all things Linux here is the list of dependencies needed for 13.12 to run smoothly:

  • gimp-help-en
  • gimp-help-common
  • XFree86-Mesa-libGL
  • libstdc++
  • libgcc
  • XFree86-libs
  • fontconfig
  • freetype
  • zlib
  • gcc

But here is the most interesting part about this driver, The bug fixes in this version.

  • [384861]: Ultra slow dota2 fps
  • [383176]: System hang when startx after enable Eyefinity
  • [383109]: System hang when run Unigine Heaven 4.0
  • [382494]: Screen corruption when run C4Engine with GL_ARB_texture_array enabled
  • [384193]: Fix the procfs permission issue on kernel 3.10 and later
  • [373812]: System hang when run some OpenGL stress test
  • [383430]: Glxtest failed with force AA
  • [383372]: Fail to launch cairo-dock
  • [384509]: glClientWaitSync is waiting even when timeout is 0
  • [383573]: AC/DC switching is broken
  • [384194]: Tear-Free Desktop sets V-Sync to 30Hz instead of 60Hz
  • [385123]: CrossFire aspect observed in CCCLE where it should not
  • [385414]: Steam crashes and games hang on a black screen when Force AA is on
  • [387027]: Glxtest failed on SLED11 SP3
  • [382079]: MARI crash with weird stack
  • [387797]: X crash when kill X with Xserver 1.13 and 1.14
  • [389431]: Screens are distorted when connecting an external monitor on some PowerXpress platform with Intel Haswell
  • [389728]: Segfault after disabling display on re-launch of CCCLE
  • [387573]: Soft hang and error observed on BasicDebug sample for OpenCL when run on x86
  • [385704]: Black window when run glxgears with TWM
  • [376115]: Display corruption when using rotation

Overall I can not wait for my parts to get in so I can start playing around with AMD’s new Catalyst driver. Leave a comment below if you have had a chance to use the new driver and let us know if you have better FPS with this update. Also let us if you see support getting better or worse from AMD in this version. If you have not got the latest Catalyst driver yet and want to try it out you can get it from the button I provided below. Game on.

AMD Catalyst 13.12


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3 Comments on "AMD Catalyst 13.12 Driver goes from Beta to Stable"

  1. abelthorne December 23, 2013 at 10:25 -

    Yeah, it’s fine that AMD releases new stable drivers. It’s less fine that they a) don’t even let the Unity session start in Ubuntu 13.10 (and 14.04 alpha) and b) don’t fix the main issue I’m having since some versions of Catalyst, which is I can’t even start Natural Selection 2.

    At least, SteamOS is pushing them forward. Maybe they’ll finally manage to make decent drivers someday.

    • Ultimoore December 23, 2013 at 16:34 -

      NS2 has had issues regardless of gpu card or driver. Have you tried a benchmark in with Unigine or SS3 or Metro LL? Apparently Valve has forced AMD to step up their game. This will be good as their proprietary drivers always fell short.

      But I don’t blame you for feeling frustrated on how they take a while to sort out main bugs.

  2. Ubu the Tech Guru December 23, 2013 at 17:00 -

    I gained about 8 FPS running Unigine Valley from the Phoronix Test Suite using this new driver. Also crazy is that I gained 40+ FPS running the TF2, Xonotic, and Urban Terror benchmarks in the Phoronix Test Suite as well. I run an HD7770 Black Edition that I got for free from a twitch stream viewer of mine since the card was giving him directX errors in windows and he knew I used linux so he gave it to me for free. PRETTY AWESOME.
    One thing I wanted to check to see if it was fixed was Painkiller Hell & Damnation, with the binary blob from AMD, the game starts to a black screen and freezes my rig. I was hoping the driver update fixed this as the change notes do mention, “games hang on a black screen when Force AA is on” BUT I read on the steam community that it’s not fixed. I haven’t tested it myself cause it’s a 16GB download and I’d have to do some house cleaning as my drive where I keep my steam folder is sort of full with all the recent steam sales. If you get a chance try that game with the new drivers for me. LOL

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