In line with the official launch of Vista today, AMD/ATI have just released the first final build of Catalyst drivers to support the OS.
Some of the major highlights are that of full Crossfire support, Blu-ray and HD DVD playback, native OpenGL support, and a significantly enhanced Catalyst Control Center.
For full details on all the new features, grab this doc file. The Dailytech go into a bit of detail with these new final-build drivers as well, and dont forget to also check out our take on them as we spend some time looking to see just how "final" they are.
Windows Vista has been out in the wild for a long time now and it's about to be officially released. Beta testers have had copies in form of RC1 and RC2 for some time now and others may even be using fully fledged business versions which were released in November of last year. But have they been able to run their graphics cards at full potential, as they usually would in Windows XP? Heck no!
Both nVidia and AMD have had Vista drivers out for their respective GeForce and Radeon graphics cards for some time now but they've been extremely crippled in terms of the features and performance from what you would normally expect in Windows XP. Sure, Vista drivers are more challenging to produce since they are working with a new operating system and different driver techniques (DX10) but should that really be an excuse? These big companies should really be on top of it.