AMD Radeon Software
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|Original author(s)||ATI Technologies|
|Developer(s)||Advanced Micro Devices|
|Initial release||June 13, 2002(v. 2.1)|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
|Type||Device driver and management|
AMD Radeon Software is a device driver and utility software package for Advanced Micro Devices's graphics cards and APUs. Its graphical user interface is built with Electron and is compatible with 64-bit Windows and Linux distributions.
Radeon Software includes the following feature set:
- Game profile management
- Overclocking and undervolting
- Performance monitoring
- Recording and streaming
- Captured video and screenshot management
- Software update notifications
- Upgrade advisor
The software was previously known as AMD Radeon Settings, AMD Catalyst, and ATI Catalyst. AMD ceased providing 32-bit versions in October 2018.
AMD Radeon Software is targeted to support all function blocks present on a GPU's or an APU's die. Besides instruction code targeted at rendering, this includes display controllers as well as their SIP blocks for video decoding (Unified Video Decoder (UVD)) and video encoding (Video Coding Engine (VCE)).
The device driver also supports AMD TrueAudio, a SIP block to perform sound-related calculations.
- AMD FireStream product line for GPGPU in supercomputers and such
- AMD FireMV product line for multi-monitor setups (deprecated by AMD Eyefinity being available on all consumer products)
- AMD FirePro product line for professionals who require certified OpenGL support
Starting in Catalyst 14.6 AMD has enabled mixed-resolution support, allowing for a single Eyefinity display group to be created where each monitor runs at a different resolution. The current version may, however, disable any additional display mode and change to a resolution in the one mode available. This feature is made possible through the addition of two new Eyefinity display modes, Fit and Expand, which join the traditional Fill mode. In both Fit and Expand modes, AMD is compensating for the mismatched resolutions by creating a virtual desktop that is of a different resolution from those of the monitors, and then either padding it out or cropping it as necessary.
Before Eyefinity, there was the Windows-only software "HydraVision" (originally acquired from Appian Graphics complete with its development team), a desktop/screen management software mostly providing multi-monitor and virtual-screen management. It has extensive hot-key support.
Some AMD products contain SIP cores for audio acceleration branded AMD TrueAudio. Support for this audio acceleration DSP co-processor is part of AMD Radeon Software.
Under Microsoft Windows the support for AMD TrueAudio is codenamed "ACP" (for audio co-processor) and implemented via "ACP user service" (amdacpusrsvc.exe), a background service that helps manage audio tasks in games.
Under Linux, AMD TrueAudio is codenamed "acp" as well: some code regarding this can be found in the /drivers/gpu/drm/radeon directory of the Linux kernel sources.
The AMD Radeon Software device driver supports multiple rendering interfaces, all designed to give the user-space programs, such as video games or CAD software, access to the corresponding SIP blocks.
Direct3D 12 is available for GCN with version 15.7.1 or higher.
Only the Radeon Software targeting Microsoft Windows included support for Mantle.In 2019 starting with v19.5.1 it was officially discontinued, in favour of DirectX 12 and Vuklan (built upon Mantle) raise in popularity. Windows users who still wish to use Mantle would have to use older version of drivers (prior to 19.5.1).
OpenGL 4.5 is possible for TeraScale 2 and 3 with AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition Beta (driver version 15.30 or higher like Crimson Beta 16.2.1). OpenCL support will be lost, but it can be recovered by copying the relevant files from a previous package like Radeon Software 15.11.1 Beta. Beta drivers do not support HDCP.
OpenGL 4.5 is available for GCN with version 16.3 or higher
OpenGL 4.x compliance requires supporting FP64 shaders. These are implemented by emulation on some TeraScale GPUs.
Vulkan 1.0 is available with AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3.2 or higher for GCN
Vulkan 1.1 with AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.3.3 or higher
Vulkan 1.2 with Adrenalin 20.1.2 or higher
Vulkan 1.3 with Adrenalin 22.1.2 or higher
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With Catalyst 9.12 support of OpenCL 1.0 was available.
In Catalyst 10.10 OpenCL 1.1 was available.
Catalyst 12.4 Supports OpenCL 1.2.
OpenCL 2.0 driver works since 14.41 for GCN-based Models. This also supports previous OpenCL versions.
TeraScale 2 and 3 chips can use Level 1.2.
Close to Metal
Close to Metal was a low-level API by AMD which was abandoned in favor of OpenCL.
Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA)
With Catalyst 14.1 HSA is possible. AMD main Processor graphic Units and Radeon graphic Card Units work combined.
AMD GPU Services (AGS)
AMD Display Library (ADL) SDK
Operating systems support
The main AMD GPU software stacks are fully supported on Linux: GPUOpen for graphics, and ROCm for compute. GPUOpen is most often merely a supplement, for software utilities, to the free Mesa software stack that is widely distributed and available by default on most Linux distributions.
AMD strives at packaging its software for Linux on its own, not relying solely on Linux distributions. They do so by using the amdgpu and amdgpu-pro shell scripts, and provide package archives for e.g. apt and rpm.
Microsoft Windows and Linux
|Windows support||From version||To version||Notes|
|Windows 9x||02.1||4.4/6.2||There were some later releases for these operating systems, up to and including a Windows Me build of Catalyst 6.2 released on Feb 9, 2006.|
|Windows 2000||02.1||6.5/7.4||Newer Catalyst versions up to 7.4 will work in 2000 unofficially without any modification; later versions may need .inf file editing|
|Windows XP [x86 & x64]||02.1||14.4||Driver updates and support stopped at AMD Catalyst 14.4 for video cards with support up to DirectX 11 on Hardware, and 10.2 for DirectX 9.0c cards.|
|Windows Vista [x86 & x64]||7.2||13.12||Driver updates and support stopped at AMD Catalyst 13.12 for video cards with support up to DirectX 11.|
|Windows 7 [x86/x64]||9.3||18.9.3/22.6.1||Driver updates and support were discontinued for x86 operating systems at version 18.9.3, and for x64 at 22.6.1.|
|Windows 8.1 [x86/x64]||12.8||17.1.2/17.7.1||Support for driver updates stopped in 2017, though still possible to install.|
|Windows 10 [x86/x64]||15.7||18.9.3/latest||x86 Driver support was discontinued to focus on x64 only.|
|Windows 11 [x64]||21.9.1||latest|
|SLES/SLED 15 [x64]||latest|
Starting with version 4.9 (released on 4 September 2004) the Catalyst driver package included the ATI Catalyst Control Center, a new software application for manipulating many hardware functions, such as 3D settings, monitor controls and video options. It shows a small 3D preview and allows the user to see how changes to the graphics settings affect the quality of the rendered image. It also shows information about the card itself and the software data. This application requires Microsoft .NET Framework.
Radeon Software 16.x and higher only for GCN-based Models. With 16.3.2 Vulkan 1.0 support.
Radeon Software 17.7.1 is the final driver for Windows 8.1
Radeon Software 18.9.3 is the final driver for 32-bit Windows 7/10
Radeon Software 22.6.1 is the final driver for Windows 7 (and Windows 8.1 unofficially); 22.6.1 is also the final driver for GCN 1, GCN 2 and GCN 3 based GPUs
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On Windows Platforms
- Quantity of rendered ahead frames cannot be adjusted
- Triple buffering in D3D cannot be forced
- V-sync in many games under Windows 7 cannot be forced disabled
On Linux Platforms
- No support for 3D HDTVs.
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