You've seen it for yourself; ATI's new CATALYST A.I. technology is able to improve 3D application performance by almost 30% under Doom 3 without taking anything away from the overall gaming experience (image quality!).
While realistically you are not always going to see up to around a 30% increase in performance, even if you just see a 10% increase in performance, that is quite good. It could just be the difference between playing with your favorite high quality graphics settings or not. Whatever the increase, it is free performance and it's wonderful to see ATI working for this type of outcome.
When we first got word of this new software technology from ATI, it raised our interests straight away - especially as a hardware reviewer. We've seen all the application specific optimizations over the last few years which most graphics companies have been caught messing around with, but today we are happy to report everything is above board and ATI hasn't stepped out of line anywhere from what we have seen so far. With much interest, we fired up the elusive beta version of FutureMark's upcoming 3DMark05 benchmark with CATALYST A.I. on and off and there was less than one frame per second difference (which is just the fluctuation point between each benchmark run) in each of the game tests, the same applied for 3DMark03 and the "Video Stress Test" inside Valve's CS Source beta.
We are wondering exactly what nVidia are working on behind closed doors at the moment because ATI has been busier than ever lately on the software side of things which has allowed them to gain more of the spotlight. Leave it too long nVidia and you'll have a lot of catch up to play!
You'll be able to enable CATALYST A.I. for your games sometime next month when ATI release their Catalyst 4.10 drivers along with an updated version of CCC. You can download the CATALYST A.I. PowerPoint presentation which we have referred to as "press material" within this article, here (922kb).
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