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ATI's CATALYST A.I. - Honest Application Specific Optimizations

By: Cameron Wilmot | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 21, 2004 4:00 am

CS Source BETA


Valve recently released the CS Source BETA to owners of Radeon graphics cards with the HL2 download voucher. CS Source BETA uses the same engine which Half Life 2 will use once it is released.



Under the upcoming Half Life 2 engine using CS Source BETA we don't see such a prevalent increase in performance as Doom 3 but we are still seeing almost an 8% increase in performance just from the driver which is quite good nonetheless. Since we were the only player on the map, you may well see a greater increase in performance during action packed multiplayer scenes.


It would be interesting to know exactly how ATI's A.I. algorithms work because we fired up the CS Source BETA "Video Stress Test" and A.I. played no role in this benchmark (there was less than one frame per second difference) as ATI promised in their press material. It's nice to be told the truth.


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