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ATI Catalyst 9.6 Vista Driver Analysis

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

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Jun 18, 2009 8:04 am

CATALYST 9.6 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

 

Introduction

 

Last month the Catalyst 9.5 drivers didn't do a whole lot for us, especially when it came to the HD 4850. June brings a new month and a new set of drivers; fingers crossed some of the performance lost last month has been repaired for this month.

 

Below we can see that some performance gains are promised. As to whether or not these particular ones translate to any gains in our cards or games, there's only one way to find out. Let's have a quick look at exactly what the promises being made are before we get stuck into the performance side of things.

 

Performance Improvements

 

Company of Heroes - performance gains of up to 25% for the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series, and performance gains of up to 10% for the ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series

 

Crysis Warhead - performance gains of up to 11% for ATI CrossFireX technology in dual configuration.

 

Crysis - performance gains of up to 13% for ATI CrossFireX technology in dual configuration.

 

World in Conflict - performance gains of up to 30% for high settings that were previously CPU limited with the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series.

 

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