AMD has taken the wraps off its most drastic GPU driver update in years, the Catalyst Omega. The Catalyst Omega driver provides a total overhaul, including a new built-in downsampling tool called VSR, as well as ironing out a host of bugs and improving the performance of AMD graphics cards across the board.
Key to the Omega drivers is optimisations to many hardware configurations which should boost efficiency and, AMD claims, provide up to 19% better performance on dedicated graphics cards than the previous driver release, Catalyst 14.11.2, and a massive 29% boost in performance for systems sporting AMD APUs.
From the results gleaned so far it appears as if high-end graphics cards will benefit the most from this driver update, which should put AMD in a far stronger position following Nvidia’s recent GeForce GTX 900 series launch.
Its in-house downsampling support comes courtesy of VSR, or Virtual Super Resolution, which works in a similar fashion to Nvidia’s DSR, rendering an image at up to 4K resolution before downscaling to a monitor’s native resolution. It’s super-demanding but should prove a valuable stop gap for those with high-end GPUs and 1080p monitors, providing some crisp antialiasing.
The AMD Omega Catalyst drivers are expected to be available to download shortly, so keep an eye out and we'll add the links as soon as they become available. Impressed by AMD's claims? Do you think these performance gains could put AMD back in the driving seat? Let us know what you think below!