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ATI Catalyst 5.5 Performance Analysis

ATI released their latest set of monthly Catalyst drivers yesterday for users of Radeon graphics cards. In typical fashion we've compared the drivers to the last set to find out what performance differences separate both sets of drivers. Read on and find out if it's worth upgrading to the latest ATI Catalyst drivers.

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: May 18, 2005 4:00 am

 

Introduction

 

Running a bit late this month it seems we see the latest release of the ATI Catalyst drivers come out today.

 

As usual it will go through our normal array of benchmarking to see what the latest release has done for us in terms of performance.

 

Before we get into the benchmarking of the driver though we will have a quick look at what ATI have promised us in the new release.

 


Released Notes from ATI

 

Resolved Issues

 

3DMark05: Running the application under Windows XP for extended periods of time no longer results in the operating system failing to respond when using an ATI Radeon™ X700 PRO

 

Ashli Viewer sample Wood: Display corruption is no longer noticed when Anisotropic Filtering set to 4x or above

 

Ashli Viewer v1.6.0: Running the application under Windows 2000 and launching a sample item found in the Programs & Shaders no longer results in corruption being displayed in the sample item

 

City of Heros: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon™ Xpress 200 series installed no longer results in the characters in the game appearing corrupted

 

Freedom force VS The 3rd Reich: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon™ 8500 installed no longer results in the super hero character attributes appearing blank

 

Imperial Glory Demo: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon™ X800 installed no longer results in the game failing to respond

 

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: Setting the graphic option in the Catalyst™ Control Center to Optimal Quality, followed by launching the game and setting the resolution option to 1600x1200, no longer results in a performance drop being noticed

 

Star Wars Knights of the old republic: Loading the Dantooine level of the game under Windows XP no longer results in slow game performance

 

Setting the desktop display to 800x600 or 1600x1200 16/32bpp no longer results in the incorrect display resolution information being provided when checking the video control panel in the Catalyst™ Control Center

 

Setting the display device to 1080i no longer results in the text on the custom format being illegible

 

Setting a customized resolution for 720p now works properly when maintaining the aspect ratio

 

Moving the TV to desktop2 and selecting swap device or double up no longer results in the CRT being in panning mode and display corruption being seen on the TV

 

Having a TV connected as the only display device and clicking the OK button in the ATI displays tab found in the Advanced section of the Display Properties results in a flash of the TV image being noticed

 

Connecting and enabling an HDTV and entering the properties page for the HDTV no longer results in the D3/D4 options being available in the D-Connector Control Panel

 

The occasional Windows error messages no longer occurs when booting into extended desktop under Windows XP when using an ATI Radeon™ X300 or X600

 

Corruption is no longer seen when connecting a secondary display device and moving the primary display device to the left of the secondary device, followed by disconnecting the primary display device and then reconnecting it

 

Previewing or launching the aquarium screen saver under Windows XP Media Center Edition no longer results in the operating system failing to respond

 

RF online game compatibility issue with all ATI Radeon™ series

Launching the Catalyst™ Control Center help files from the Start->All Programs->Catalyst™ Control Center now results in the localized version of the help file being displayed

 

Catalyst™ Control Center: Running the French custom install no longer results in a NewFeature1 component being listed

 

The link found in the second and third help page for the Change Desktop Settings found in the Japanese version of the Catalyst™ Control Center no longer cross-references to an incorrect help page

 

A black screen is no longer displayed when launching AMCap and attempting to view video from the tuner when using either the svideo or composite inputs

 

Display corruption is no longer noticed on the TV when setting the TV format to PAL-B and attempting to adjust the flicker removal in the TV Advanced option

 

Having a TV and CRT connected and clicking on Preview Automatic adjustment in the Optimize Media Center no longer results in both display devices displaying a black screen

 


Now we've seen the changes in the driver, let's move onto the benchmarks.

 

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