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ATI Catalyst 10.3 Windows 7 Driver Analysis

AMD has just released a new Catalyst driver for Radeon graphics cards - we check out performance under Windows 7.

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Mar 22, 2010 5:17 am
Manufacturer: AMD

CATALYST 10.3 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

 

Introduction

 

The Catalyst 10.3 drivers are really weird this month. What tends to happen is that we'll get the driver a few days before it goes up live on the ATI website. Once it goes live then we release our performance analysis comparing the latest version to the previous one.

 

This time around, though, it seems that ATI have ants in the pants and can't keep still because they chose to release a preview driver of the 10.3s which is essentially the driver you're going to see, except it's non-WHQL. In saying that, the WHQL driver will miss Eyefinity 6 updates and an Alien vs. Predator optimization. We're sure the 10.4s will include those updates, though.

 

Below is the full listing of new features and performance improvements you'll see in the 10.3s. Let's just let the list do the talking.

 


- New Features

 

ATI Catalyst Mobility - monthly updates for the mobile crowd

 

ATI Eyefinity Technology Bezel Correction - compensate for your bezels so objects in your game move from one display to the other smoothly

 

ATI Eyefinity Technology Per Display Control - adjust for differences in each individual displays brightness, color and contrast

 

ATI Eyefinity Technology Multiple Display Groups - more display groups to give further control of your desktop with three displays or more connected

 

ATI Eyefinity Technology Display Configuration Switching - easily switch from one display mode to another

 

3D Stereoscopic 3D driver hooks - enables 3rd party middleware vendors to bring more 3D stereoscopic gaming options

 


- Performance Improvements

 

3DMark Vantage

 

Overall scores increase by up to 8% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
Overall scores increase by up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products and up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products

 

Aliens vs. Predator

 

Overall performance increases 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products

 

Battleforge

 

Improves up to 8% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

Call of Duty: World at War

 

Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

Company of Heroes

 

Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

Crysis and Crysis Warhead

 

Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

Devil May Cry 4

 

Improves up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

DiRT 2

 

Improves up to 30% on ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
Improves up to 20% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series and ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
Improves up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

 

Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

Far Cry 2

 

Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2

 

Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Call of Pripyat Benchmark

 

Improves up to 10% with Anti-Aliasing enabled on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products

 

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Clear Sky

 

Improves up to 2% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products

 

Resident Evil 5

 

Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

 

Improves up to 15% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
Improves up to 20% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products and ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

Unigine Tropics

 

Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products

 

World in Conflict

 

Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

Wolfenstein

 

Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

 

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