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ATI Catalyst 9.7 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: Jul 27, 2009 10:25 am

CATALYST 9.7 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

 

Introduction

 

I had to check the Game.AMD website the other day to make sure I didn't miss the email about the release of the latest Catalyst drivers. As I expected, when I checked the website there wasn't a new driver. A few days later, however, and that email came through saying a new driver set had been released.

 

While running a bit late this month, the AMD team finally managed to get a new driver out. This month also saw the release of Windows 7 to manufacturers and over the coming months we'll be integrating the new operating system into our benchmark line-up.

 

Before we get stuck into the benchmarks, let's have a quick look at the expected performance improvements to see what's going on.

 

Performance Improvements

 

Crysis - performance at very high quality preset increases by up to 8% on HD4800 series products

 

Lost Planet Colonies - performance increases by 7-11% when 8x Anti-Aliasing is used on the HD4800 series products

 

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