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ATI Catalyst 7.8 Performance Analysis

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Aug 14, 2007 4:00 am

Test System Setup

 

Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3GHz (333MHz x 9)

 

Motherboard(s): DFI P35 (Supplied by Bronet)

 

Memory: 2 X 1GB G.Skill HZ PC8000 4-4-4-5 (Supplied by Bronet)

 

Hard Disk(s): Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA-2

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

 

Drivers: ATI Catalyst 7.7, ATI Catalyst 7.8 and DX9c

 

The test system has gone through a slight change thanks to the DFI P35 being on the test bench at the moment. With such a multitude of great P35 boards out at the moment we will no doubt move to something else next month but what particularly, we're not sure just yet.

 

With some expected performance improvements, let's just get stuck straight into it and find out what we've got here in the latest driver.

 

3DMark05

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 130

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark05/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

3DMark05 is now the second latest version in the popular 3DMark "Gamers Benchmark" series. It includes a complete set of DX9 benchmarks which tests Shader Model 2.0 and above.

 

For more information on the 3DMark05 benchmark, we recommend you read our preview here.

 

 

We can see the gain in the mid-range Radeon family. Unfortunately the HD 2900 XT doesn't see anything new though it wasn't mentioned in the performance improvements section.

 

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