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ATI Catalyst 5.1 Performance Analysis - Conclusion

New Year, New Month and that can only mean one thing - ATI has released yet another set of their monthly Catalyst drivers for your Radeon based graphics cards. This time we are up to version 5.1 and we compare against the two previous versions (4.11 and 4.12) in our usual array of benchmarks. Has ATI continued the trend and increased Half Life 2 performance? Read on and find out if these drivers are worth the upgrade!

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Jan 17, 2005 5:00 am

Conclusion

 

ATI haven't seemed to do all that much with their latest Catalyst drivers but as you would expect they have fixed a few problems that have been happening and given a slight increase in performance across some programs as well as some new drivers and fixes for those using the Linux platform. With this said though they haven't claimed to increase performance by a massive amount this time around.

 

While the latest drivers aren't a huge increase in performance they do help with Half Life 2 quite a bit but with this said the performance we have seen from the 4.12s was plenty and well and truly give us a playable frame rate.

 

Some people will go through their monthly routine of updating to the latest drivers while others will simply choose to continue using there current drivers until some dramatic performance jump happens or some new and exciting feature is released from the boys and girls in red in Canada.

 

- ATI Catalyst drivers can be downloaded here from the ATI website and our ATI Catalyst driver installation guide is here which explains how to properly install and uninstall VGA drivers

 

 

 

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