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ATI Catalyst 9.5 Vista Driver Analysis - Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage

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

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: May 18, 2009 1:01 pm

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): Intel i7 920 @ 3.8GHz (190MHz x 20)

 

Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P (Supplied by Noctua)

 

Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE EX58-UD5 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)

 

Memory: 3 X 2GB OCZ Technology PC-12800 DDR-3 8-8-8-24 (OCZ3G1600LV6GK)

 

Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 300GB Velocirapter (Supplied by Western Digital)

 

Operating System:Windows Vista SP1 64-Bit

 

Drivers: Catalyst 9.4 and Catalyst 9.5

 

As we mentioned just before, due to the drivers not being on the Game.AMD website yet we haven't got any release notes so let's just get stuck straight into the performance benchmarks and see exactly what we have going on here.

 

3DMark Vantage

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1

 

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

 

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmarkvantage/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware.

 

3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.

 

CATALYST 9.5 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

 

HD 4850: We can see performance is a bit down with the new driver.

 

HD 4870 X2: Here we see no real change.

 

HD 4890: Here we see no real change.

 

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