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ATI Catalyst 6.5 Performance Analysis - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark03

Yesterday ATI released their newest set of Catalyst drivers and we take our usual look at the performance changes.

By: | AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: May 25, 2006 4:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon X2 3800+


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


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


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


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2


Drivers: ATI Catalyst 6.4 and 6.5 and DX9c


This is the final month of our current benchmarking application line up. The next time you see our Catalyst article we will be cranking it up with some new benchmarks and hopefully some new wide screen resolutions which cannot be done on our current test bed monitor. (Editor Note: OK OK - I get it!)


The major change this month is the fact we have ceased using the Radeon X1800XT and switched to using the newer Radeon X1900XT. It is current generation and many people have asked us to add it and we have - that is us though, we listen to the people.


Now would also be a good time to give us your feedback on what new benchmarking applications you would like to see us using in our driver comparisons and VGA reviews. Please leave your comments below or send us an email.




Version and / or Patch Used: Build 360


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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.



The X1900XT sees a slight increase in performance in both resolutions but it's almost something that we can just put down to fluctuation.

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


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