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ATI Catalyst Drivers of 2005 - The Ultimate Analysis! - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark03

We've gone a little crazy... We've compared all 13 sets of ATI Catalyst drivers of '05 including the latest 5.13 version!

By: | AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Dec 20, 2005 5:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon X2 3800+


Motherboard(s): ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe (Supplied by ASUS)


Memory: 2 X 1GB Crucial PC4000 DDR (Supplied by Crucial)


Hard Disk(s): WD Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA (Supplied by Western Digital)


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP1


ATI Radeon X1800 XL, (256 MB) Graphic Card


The final driver set of the year leaves us with what is currently one of our favorite setups in the test labs here - the ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe which has made a spot in our hearts.


We do have a bucket load of results and if you do get a little bit confused with all the colors the earliest release 5.1 drivers are found at the bottom with each one upwards being the next release with the top one being the just released 5.13 driver.


Grab a coffee or four and start reading!




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By combining full DX8 and partial DX9 support with completely new tests and graphics over the previous version, 3DMark03 continues the legacy of being the industry standard 3D benchmark.





We can clearly see the improvement form the beginning of the year with the most notable jump being in March with the Catalyst 5.3. We then again see a jump at the lower resolution with the newest driver.





The latest release shows us a nice jump in performance on the X700PRO at the lower resolution, as for overall increase from the lower resolution we can see we are now sitting almost 500 marks on it.





We started the year with the X850XT under 12000 at 1024 and under 8000 at 1600 we now end up at over 13000 at 1024 and almost 8500 at 1600. The biggest improvements have been seen in the December released drivers.


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