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ATI Catalyst 8.1 Analysis - XP & Vista - Test System Setup and 3DMark05

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Jan 20, 2008 5:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3GHz (333MHz x 9)


Cooling: Corsair Nautilus500 (Supplied by Corsair) with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (Supplied by Arctic Cooling)


Motherboard(s): ASUS Blitz Extreme (Supplied by ASUS)


Memory: 2 X 1GB Corsair XMS3 DDR-3 1066MHz 7-7-7-21 (Supplied by Corsair)


Hard Disk(s): Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA-2


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista


Drivers: Catalyst 7.12, Catalyst 8.1 and DX9c


The most interesting (and potentially disappointing) fact about this driver release is that AMD mention no form of performance improvements with the driver update. We hope this isn't true, but let's find out what happens when we place the driver through our typical line-up of games and graphics cards.




Version and / or Patch Used: Build 130


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3DMark05 is now the second latest version in the popular 3DMark "Gamers Benchmark" series. It includes a complete set of DX9 benchmarks which tests Shader Model 2.0 and above.


For more information on the 3DMark05 benchmark, we recommend you read our preview here.



We can see small gains for the higher end ATI models than we can for the lower HD 2600 XT. Considering no gains were promised let's see if we get any more surprises.


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