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ATI Catalyst 7.5 Performance Analysis

We test out the performance of the new ATI Catalyst 7.5 drivers under Windows XP to see what has changed since the last.

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Jun 18, 2007 4:00 am

 

Introduction

 

We are late! We know!

 

Not really sure what happened but there seemed to be a snowball of events that caused us to run a little behind this month.

 

Anyway, you know what they say - "better late than never". Let us have a quick look at the main pieces of the release notes and move on to the benchmarks.

 

New Features

 

This release of Catalyst™ introduces the ATI DirectX 10 driver for the Radeon™ HD 2900 XT, for both single cards and CrossFire™ configurations. The ATI DirectX 10 driver used in combination with the Radeon™ HD 2900 XT (and an application designed to take advantage of the power of the DirectX 10 API) delivers incredible graphics effects never seen before on the PC.

 

Performance Improvements

 

OpenGL performance is improved on the ATI Radeon™ X1950 XTX at high resolutions (1920x1200 or greater) with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled. Doom 3 and Quake 4 improves as much as 13-18%, and Prey improves at least 15.6%. The ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro and X1650 XT also sees improvements in Doom 3 and Quake 4 of up to 14.1% at higher resolutions with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.

 

Alright, time for the benchmarks!

 

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