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AMD releases Catalyst 10.10 drivers

6000 Series and 3D support outlined in new drivers

| Video Cards News | Posted: Oct 22, 2010 7:57 pm

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It may be a day later than the official release of the 6800 graphics card lineup, but AMD has today made Catalyst 10.10, their latest driver release, official. Along with optimization for the new graphics cards, the new driver release includes support for Linux versions openSUSE 11.3 support (production) and Ubuntu 10.10 support (early look). AMD's HD3D Technology is also introduced with this driver release, giving Blu-Ray and Stereo 3D support. Check out the full list of updates after the break, and get your new drivers at the Source Link..

 

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 10.10 Windows release include: (Courtesy of AMD)

 


New Features

 

Introduction of AMD HD3D Technology

 

Blu-ray 3D support
o This release of AMD Catalyst™ provides support for Blu-ray 3D playback
o Requires Blu-ray 3D player software, 3D supported display and 3D Stereoscopic glasses
o Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series

 

Stereo 3D gaming support
o This release of AMD Catalyst™ provides support for Stereo 3D gaming via 3rd party Stereo 3D Conversion Software from Dynamic Digital Depth (DDD) and iZ3D
o Requires 3D supported display and 3D Stereoscopic glasses
o Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series

 

*More information on AMD HD3D Technology, including Stereo 3D Conversion Software and a list of supported displays, can be found at http://www.amd.com/hd3d

 


Introduction of AMD Catalyst™ Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology Edition
o There will now be two variants of the AMD Catalyst package available:
1. AMD Catalyst™ - includes the Direct3D, OpenGL, Display driver and AMD Catalyst Control Center components
2. AMD Catalyst™ Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology Edition Edition (same as ATI Catalyst, but includes the OpenCL driver) - Everything found in AMD Catalyst, plus the OpenCL driver
o Users can still grab all of the individual AMD Catalyst components as well (which will also include the OpenCL driver as well)

 


Video accleration for HD WMV video content
o This release of AMD Catalyst™ provides video acceleration support for WMV HD (Microsoft video codec) under Windows 7
o Supported on the ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series of products

 


Enahnced Dynamic Contrast video controls
o This release of AMD Catalyst™ enhances the Dynamic Contrast setting found in the Catalyst Control Center by adding support for histogram based detection

 


Performance Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 10.10 release include:

 

Metro 2033™
• Performance increases up to 7% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series single and CrossFire configurations
• Performance increases up to 8% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series single and CrossFire configurations
• Performance increases up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series in DirectX 11 and 10 modes
• Performance increases up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series in DirectX 11 and 10 modes
• Performance increases up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series in DirectX 11and 10 modes
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.™ : Call of Pripyat Benchmark
• Performance increases up to 7% on single ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
Unigine™ Heaven
• Performance increases up to 9% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series single and CrossFire configurations with anti-aliasing enabled
• Performance increases up to 8% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series single and CrossFire configurations with anti-aliasing enabled
World in Conflict™
• Performance increases up to 9% on ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series
• Performance increases up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series
Aliens vs. Predator™ DirectX 11 Benchmark
• Performance increases up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series single and CrossFire
• Performance increases up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series single and CrossFire
• Performance increases up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series
• Performance increases up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series
• Performance increases up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series
Crysis Warhead®
• Performance increases up to 9% on Single ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products with anti-aliasing enabled
Far Cry™ 2
• Performance increases up to 7% on Single ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products

 

Highlights of the Linux AMD Catalyst™ 10.10 release include:

 

New Features

 

Support for new Linux operating systems
• This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems:
o openSUSE 11.3 support (production)
o Ubuntu 10.10 support (early look)

 

For more information on AMD Catalyst™ 10.10 (for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Linux versions), including all of the resolved issues and performance highlights in this release, please see the AMD Catalyst™ 10.10 release notes.

 


Also, for those that are interested, we've posted the AMD Catalyst 10.10a hotfix driver here:

 

http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/GPU84AMDCatalyst1010aHotfix.aspx

 

Highlights include:
 Support for the new Morphological Anti-Aliasing feature
 Performance optimizations for systems with an AMD Radeon™ HD 6870 and AMD Radeon HD 6850 series of graphics products installed
o Aliens versus Predator performance enhancements
o Star Craft 2 performance enhancements
o OpenGL performance enhancements - gains can be seen in Prey, Quake Wars: Enemy Territories, and Heaven v2.1

 

NEWS SOURCE
Sites.amd.com

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