AMD Announces 12.6a Beta Drivers and End of Monthly Updates
AMD has announced its new Catalyst 12.6a beta drivers today, but also a curious move that may not please everyone. The 12.6a beta drivers fix a lot of issues for HD 7000 series cards and adds profiles for various games, so everything sounds like a win for the consumer. However, AMD also announced it will be moving away from monthly driver updates in order to deliver "a substantial benefit" to Radeon video card owners. The naming convention will still be the same (Year.Month), but it just means we may not see a new AMD Catalyst driver until 12.8 or later. Basically there will now be a longer wait for any user having issues with the most recent driver, so I would keep the last stable one on hand just in case. This also means whenever a new game comes out, it could be a while before we see a driver that supports it or improves performance. Some people may not agree with this move away from monthly driver updates, but we just have to see what kind of repercussions (if any) there will be from it.