Over the weekend enthusiasts couldn’t find AMD’s Catalyst software suite 14.4 WHQL on the company’s Game portal. The company reposted it a little later, with a cautionary note about why they had to pull the download. Apparently, the AMD motherboard chipset drivers included in the suite were later found to be unstable on some systems, particularly the southbridge AHCI driver. The issue seems to affect only certain southbridges, the SB700, SB710, and SB750. There’s no word on newer generations of southbridges with SATA 6 Gb/s controllers and FIS switches, such as SB850, SB950, and A-series FCH chipsets, being affected. Our SB950-based motherboard isn’t showing any signs of instability. AMD rebuilt the suite without the affected driver when it re-posted the suite later on Monday.
AMD has received feedback that some users are unable to install the Catalyst 14.4 driver on some motherboards with AMD chipsets. We have investigated the issue and have determined that it was caused by the AHCI driver component that was included with the driver package.
We have therefore removed the AHCI driver component from the driver package and will be providing it as a separate download.
If you were affected by this issue, we recommend you download and install this updated version of the driver.
Package contains the following graphics drivers and dependent/required software for the products specified in the current version’s official release notes for the 64 bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1:
-Display Driver ver. 14.10.1006
-OpenCL(tm) Driver ver. 10.0.1348.5
-Catalyst Control Center
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