With AMD continuing to deliver beta driver updates left and right lately, today they come to us with another update. Another one of AMD’s point driver updates, Catalyst 15.11.1 primarily brings performance updates to some of the headlining tiles of the season, and ups the Display Driver Version to 15.201.1151.1010.

Overall this driver is a very straightforward performance driver, with AMD pushing out a batch of performance optimizations for Star Wars: Battlefront, Fallout 4, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Otherwise there are no bug fixes listed, though AMD does list some known issues, including that Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Star Wars: Battlefront cannot launch in full screen mode on some laptops with an Intel CPU and an AMD GPU.

Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that this is likely one of the last Catalyst driver releases we’ll see from AMD. Earlier this month AMD announced their new Crimson driver branding and overhaul of their control center, and while AMD has not announced a specific launch date yet, we do know it’s expected before the end of the year, only a short 6 weeks away.

Anyhow, as always those interested in reading more or installing the updated beta drivers for AMD's desktop, mobile, and integrated GPUs can find them on AMD's Catalyst beta download page.

Source: AMD

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  • looncraz - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - link

    Why would they certify a beta driver? It's not like it's a ten minute process... or free.
  • Morawka - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    the whole reason it's called "beta" is because it's not certified. you dont know that?

    All beta drives are "not whql certified.

    if they got it certified, they could remove the "beta" tag.
  • eanazag - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - link

    Um, have you not been reading AMD's financials? They need to be tight. This is the correct type of driver release for games that are selling now. I use Beta drivers all the time on AMD and they're fine. I do buy based on performance and how the company handles software updates over the life of the card. Nvidia does a good job on this, so AMD just needs to bring parity for supporting new titles.

    For those of you running multiple cards. We are in a minority and it doesn't always work 100%. You'll need to determine, which support route you need to go whether it is game developer support or graphics card manufacturer. I opt for a working game over all out performance, so if there is a setting that works - roll with it.
  • freeskier93 - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - link

    Because it would be a complete waste of time and money. Exactly what benefit does getting them WHQL certified bring for game specific beta drivers? The only reason for WHQL certification are major updates that bring broad fixes that need to go out to everyone.
  • D. Lister - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    AMD often doesn't splurge for WHQL certification. Even when they finalize a driver they designate it as "Omega".
  • freeskier93 - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    Uh, no. Omega was just the branded name for a specific series of drivers, nothing to do with certifications status. Catalyst 14.12 Omega, for example, was WHQL certified.
  • NXTwoThou - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - link

    These drivers actually have regressed. I updated the previous beta because the driver that Windows 10 installs on top of whatever driver you had carefully chosen runs into parts of Visual Studio 2015 not redrawing. I just got used to whenever there was an Insider update that I'd need to go get the latest beta to avoid the issue. I just installed this new beta this morning and the icons in my button bar have vanished and when I publish to the web server half the screen doesn't redraw. Guess I'll track down the previous beta and hope to hell this beta isn't on a fast track.
  • looncraz - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - link

    That's a Visual Studio thing. I had a similar same problem on my laptop with its intel graphics (also with VS15) and Windows 10 Insider Preview something (may have been RTM at that point, not sure). Never fixed it, just removed VS15 (only needed it to create a fix for a project while on the go)... I don't like typing on laptops anyway.
  • AS118 - Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - link

    Sounds good, downloading the drivers now. Hopefully I'll be able to bump up a setting or two in Fallout 4.

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