AMD retires catalyst controllers

AMD Analyst Day '15Troubled chipmaker AMD is ditching Catalyst Control Centre for a new system dubbed Radeon Settings.

The new software is part of AMD’s Radeon Software Crimson Edition which is supposed to be the next new thing in graphics drivers.

AMD’s Raho Koduri and Terry Makedon said that AMD has been delivering graphics drivers for the past 20+ years, and during this time the graphics driver evolved way beyond the graphics device driver.

Now there are user interfaces, libraries, tools, applications, packaged as drivers.

The software has morphed into a mini graphics operating system. With the formation of Radeon Technologies Group, AMD has decided to call this mini graphics operating system, Radeon Software, they said.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition is completely “re-architected” and will offer new features, improvements to stability and responsiveness, and performance improvements.

This includes a new Game Manager, video quality presets, social media integration, simplified EF setup, a system notifications tab, and more. The first version is expected out this month.

The Radeon Settings of the Catalyst Control Centre is based on.NET and doesn’t work particularly well. This update is supposed to be more responsive and easy to use. The Radeon Settings menus will offer a completely new modernised UX.

Apparently it will open in fraction of a second rather than the few seconds the current software takes.

The new Game Manager will give users the ability to set per-game profiles. And the video manager will feature several optimised profiles for various video types (sports, classic cinema, home video, outdoor, etc.) and also allow for easy customization.

The Overdrive menu returns, with a similar feature set to what’s already offered in CCC, but the new Overdrive menu is revamped.

The Display Settings menu has also been completely revamped and will allow for customised settings on individual screens. The Eyefinity configuration menu and System Info tabs have similarly been redesigned.