Catalyst / Crimson: find best driver for your AMD video card

The AMD released the Crimson driver for your video card to replace the old Catalyst. Among the advantages, the new tool has a number of advanced options that are not available in previous driver. Moreover, the software improves the performance of some components and makes a recommended update.

Here's how to find out if your AMD video card is enabled to work with the Crimson or the Catalyst.

Remember that the arrival of new driver is not good news for anyone who has a bit older video cards, launched by the middle of 2012. The Crimson does not support some components and therefore we need to know the model of the video card to know what is the correct driver.

Step 1. The safest way to find out the compatibility of your video card is on the AMD website ( ). On the page, download the service by clicking on "Download now" on the "Automatically detect and install the driver." The file will scan your PC and detect which type of latest driver you should apply;

Step 2. Alternatively, you can manually process that does not require the installation of detection tool. To do this, navigate to the Windows Control Panel and find, Hardware and Sound, Device Manager;

Step 3. Find the "Display Adapters" option and click to display the information. Below are shown the names of graphics processors present on your system;

Step 4. Write down the name of your video card. If the displayed name is AMD Radeon HD 5xxx or AMD Radeon HD 5xxx (where "x" are random values), bad news: your video card cannot run Crimson, but only the latest version of Catalyst. Even older cards, the Radeon 4xxx and previous series, are also restricted to Catalyst;

Step 5. Now that you know your video card, you can download the driver manually on the AMD website. To do this, navigate to the configuration area "Select the driver manually."

Step 6. Complete the line with the information fields and settings of your system and click on the orange button "Display Results";

Step 7. On the next screen, you will be taken to the download page for the most current and appropriate driver to your computer. Download and install normally.

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