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ATI Catalyst 4.5 vs. 4.6 Performance Analysis

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Jun 13, 2004 4:00 am

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3400+

 

Video card(s): Gigabyte nVidia nForce 3 250GB (Supplied by Gigabyte)

 

Video card(s): GeCube X800 Pro (Supplied by GeCube)

 

Memory: 1 x 512MB Kingmax PC4000 (Supplied by Kingmax)

 

Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM (Supplied by Western Digital)

 

Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1

 

We will be running just a few of our normal benchmarks but we have also jumped onto the FarCry benchmarking bandwagon. We also test using 6x AA and 16x AF to see if the new drivers offer an increase in performance in this area as stated in the release notes on the previous page.

 

As we mentioned, the latest drivers also offer the X800 Pro the ability to operate using Overdrive so we will see what kind of increase in performance this gives us.

 

3DMark 2001 SE

 

3DMark2001 SE is a part of the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.

 

 

 

The move in performance in 1024 X 768 is the fluctuation point that we usually see in 3DMark 2001. Moving to 1600 X 1200 you see that the new 4.6 drivers give a little jump and Overdrive gives you another jump again.

 

3DMark 2003

 

3DMark03 is the latest installment in the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 9 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce FX and ATI Radeon 9800), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.

 

Please Note: Due to recent events with the 3DMark03 series, we are adding results purely for those who are still in favor of 3DMark03. These results should not be taken too seriously and are only added for interest sakes.

 

 

 

Here you see in both resolutions that the new drivers give an increased score. With Overdrive enabled, the score is greater again, as expected.

 

Aquamark 3

 

Aquamark3 is the latest installment of the Aquamark benchmark suite. This new benchmark is much more powerful and demands much more from both the system and the graphics card. If there is any weakness in the system or 3D components, Aquamark3 will find them.

 

 

We see quite a big performance dive in Aquamark 3 with the new drivers. It is obvious though that Overdrive does give a solid increase.

 

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