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ATI Catalyst 6.2 Performance Analysis

ATI has released another set of Catalyst display drivers for Radeon graphics cards. We explore the performance changes.

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Feb 10, 2006 5:00 am

 

Introduction

 

As we roll into February another set of Catalyst drivers roll in to our inbox and in normal TweakTown style we will be looking at just how they compare against the previous batch, Catalyst 6.1.

 

The 6.2 drivers are the first official driver to support the latest ATI offerings the X1900XT and X1900XTX.

 

Let's have a quick look at the release notes before we move on to see if the drivers are worth upgrading to from a performance prospective.

 

Release Notes from ATI

 

From ATI:

 

BattleField 2 Special Forces: A blooming or ghosting effect is no longer noticed when playing the game in night vision mode. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21648

 

City of Heroes: Running Shadertest 7 no longer results in slow performance being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-21463

 

Dragonshard: Playing the game under Windows XP Media Center Edition with CrossFire™ enabled, no longer results in the screen becoming out of sync, and a scrolling display image occurring shortly there after. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-20975

 

Fable: The Lost Chapters: Playing the game under Windows XP MCE may result in the shadows found within the game appearing jittery, when the desktop resolution is set to 1024x768 32bpp, and all the game options are set to default. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21184

 

Half-Life2: Enabling Catalyst AI no longer results in the outer edges of the water appear dark or black in color. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number. 737-21649

 

Pacific Fighters: A stuttering effect at certain levels of the game is no longer noticed when playing the game with CrossFire enabled. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21650

 

The Fall: A VPU Recover event or the operating system failing to respond no longer occur when playing the game. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21651

 

World of Warcraft: Pixel corruption is no longer noticed when playing the game on systems containing an ATI Radeon X1600 series. Further details on this resolved issue can be found in topic number 737-21652

ATI RADEON X1900 XT, (512 MB) PCI Express Graphic Card

 

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