AMD has today announced February’s monthly Catalyst release, version 10.2, but has packed it with several features that fall outside the standard crop of bug fixes and performance enhancements.
- CrossFireX profiles have been divorced from the driver and moved to a separate binary that can be updated without a driver update. This allows AMD to release CrossFire profiles for games the day they are released, rather than weeks later in a new Catalyst point release.
- The CrossFireX code in the Catalyst driver has been moved to a dedicated multi-GPU driver. This will permit AMD to further improve performance on CrossFire setups, particularly Hybrid CrossFireX configurations.
- A new “ultra low power state” has been added, which dramatically reduces power consumption in times of low workloads by powering down the second (or more) GPU in a CrossFireX array.
- Eyefinity monitor configurations now support CrossFireX.
- Radeons with DisplayPort connectors can now pass audio over DisplayPort to compatible displays.
As for the standard crop of bug fixes and performance enhancements, the full list is available in AMD’s official release notes (PDF).