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ATI Releases CATALYST 6.9 Drivers

| Posted: Sep 22, 2006 1:22 am

Another month, another set of CATS. Amongst the usual bug fixes and tweaks, ATI's latest driver package brings CrossFire support to Intel's P965 based motherboards which sport two existing PCIe x16 slots.

 

Unfortunately it's restricted to Direct 3D applications on this chipset at the moment but EliteBastards confirmed with ATI's Terry Makedon a short time ago that full CrossFire support for D3D *and* OpenGL will be available on these boards by the end of the year.

 

Grab the latest driver set here.

 



This feature is available for D3D applications, and is supported on ATI Radeon® X1900 CrossFire edition products.As with most Catalyst® releases, performance has increased in various situations.

 

3DMark2006 overall performance improves 6.7-23.7% with anti-aliasing enabled due to improvements in HyperZ efficiency on the Radeon® X1300, X1600 and X1800 series of products. The largest gains can be seen on Crossfire™ configurations and/or 256MB card configurations at resolutions of 1280x1024 or greater.

 

Doom3 performances improves up to 9.3% due to further OpenGL shader complier and transform engine optimizations on the entire Radeon® X1000 Series of products. The largest gains can be seen on Radeon® X1900 configurations at resolutions of 1600x1200 or higher This feature is supported under the Windows XP operating system.

 

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