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ATI Catalyst 5.9 Performance Analysis - Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF

Yesterday ATI released their latest Catalyst driver for users of Radeon graphics cards. The new driver promises plenty of bug fixes but what about performance? Read on as we take a look at the new Catalyst 5.9 drivers compared against the pervious version to see if it's worth upgrading from a performance prospective. We'll be comparing the drivers on a Radeon X550, X700 and X850XT.

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Sep 22, 2005 4:00 am

High Quality AA and AF

 

In our High Quality tests we bump the Antialiasing (AA) and Anisotropic Filtering (AF) up causing the cards to be put under more load. This usually helps us remove the CPU limitation.

 

We'll use 4 x AA and 8 x AF as this is quite a common setup for most people who are venturing into the AA and AF area.

 

 

High quality tests show very little performance gains.

 

 

Again with AA and AF enabled, Far Cry sees no performance increase.

 

ASUS Extreme RADEON X550

 

ASUS Extreme AX550GE/TD RADEON X550, (256 MB) Graphic Card

 

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