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ATI Catalyst 8.12 Analysis - XP & Vista - Benchmarks - Left 4 Dead

AMD has just released a new Catalyst driver for Radeon graphics cards - we check out performance under XP and Vista.

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Dec 11, 2008 5:00 am

Left 4 Dead

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Latest Steam Update

 

Timedemo or Level Used: Custom Timedemo

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.valvesoftware.com/

 

Product Homepage: http://www.l4d.com/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

Left 4 Dead uses the latest version of Valve's Source engine, with improvements such as multi-core processor support and physics-based animation to more realistically portray hair and clothing, and to improve physics interaction with enemies when shot or shoved in different body parts. Animation was also improved to allow characters to lean realistically when moving in curved paths.

 

Rendering and artificial intelligence were scaled up to allow for greater number of enemies who can navigate the world in better ways, such as climbing, jumping or breaking obstacles. Lighting has been enhanced with new self-shadowing normal mapping and advanced shadow rendering that is important to convey information about the environment and player actions.

 

ATI Catalyst 8.12 Analysis - XP & Vista

 

HD 4850: Here we so no real change.

 

HD 4870: Across the board we see slight gains with this card.

 

HD 4870 X2: 2560 x 1600 shows a little decrease in performance, but 1680 x 1050 shows some impressive gains while 1920 x 1200 manages to show some smaller ones.

 

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