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ATI Catalyst 5.8 Performance Analysis - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark03

ATI has just released the latest Catalyst drivers for their Radeon series of graphics cards. The newest version includes a massive amount of fixes for games like Battlefield 2, GTA: Vice City, Quake 3 and Warcraft III but what about performance changes? Read on as we provide a performance analysis of Catalyst 5.8 against the previous version on low, mid and high-end Radeon cards.

By: | AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Aug 17, 2005 4:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHz EE


Motherboard(s): Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (Supplied by Gigabyte)


Video card(s): GeCube Radeon X300 / X700PRO / X850XT (Supplied by GeCube)


Memory: 2 X 512MB Corsair PC5400 DDR2 (Supplied by Corsair)


Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 200GB 7,200RPM SATA (Supplied by Western Digital)


As we mentioned in the introduction we will be following the same pattern as last time except we have moved the X800XT to the faster and more commonly available X850XT. ATI seem to be pushing the bug fixes this time around so we aren't expecting too much in the performance area but as always we will look and see if we come up with anything interesting.




Version and / or Patch Used: Build 340


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By combining full DirectX9.0 support with completely new tests and graphics, 3DMark03 continues the legacy of being industry standard benchmark.


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.



Straight off the mark we have 3DMark and we see no difference in performance be it positive or negative across both resolutions and all three sets of cards.


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