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ATI Catalyst 6.4 Performance Analysis

We take our regular look at the latest Catalyst drivers from ATI and we examine if it's worth updating to version 6.4!

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Apr 13, 2006 4:00 am

 

Introduction

 

As the month of public holiday's rolls around for Australia, we have a new set of ATI Catalyst drivers to test just before we take a nice long weekend off. As expected the 6.4 are their name and performance and bug fixes are what they bring to the table.

 

Let's have a quick look at the release notes before we get stuck into benchmarking.

 

MSI RX1600PRO-TD256E RADEON™ X1600 PRO, (256 MB) PCI Express Graphic Card

 

Release Notes from ATI

 

From ATI:

 

Performance Improvements

 

3DMark06 CPU scores improve as much as 4.9% across all product lines

 

3DMark06 HDR 2 Deep Freeze (SM3.0) test improves as much as 2%

 

Call of Duty 2 improves approximately 1.4-2% on Radeon X1900 and Radeon X1800 Crossfire™ configurations. Gains are slightly less (1.3%) for non-Crossfire™ Radeon X1900 and Radeon X1800 products

 

FarCry improves 2-3% on ATI Radeon X1900 non-Crossfire configurations. Greatest improvements result from tests with no AA and AF

 

Half Life 2 improves as much as 3.8% on Radeon X1900 non-Crossfire configurations. Greatest improvements result from tests with no AA and AF

 

Unreal Tournament 2004 gains 3-5% on all Radeon X1x00 non-Crossfire configurations

 

ATI are claiming some small performance improvements in several games, so let's continue on and see how the new Catalyst drivers perform against the previous version.

 

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