ATI Catalyst 8.12 Analysis - XP & Vista (Page 1)

AMD has just released a new ATI Catalyst 8.12 driver for Radeon graphics cards - we check out performance under XP and Vista.
| Dec 10, 2008 at 11:00 pm CST
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ATI Catalyst 8.12 Analysis - XP & Vista
IntroductionI have to say, the Catalyst 8.12 is one driver set that I've been looking quite forward to; this for a few reasons. The first is that I will get to take my brand new testbed for a nice spin using a host of top ATI based graphics cards.The second reason is that it was going to be interesting to see how ATI would respond to the ForceWare 180.47 drivers which had a huge focus on giving good performance to a lot of this holiday season's top games.From a paper perspective, the driver doesn't look like it's going to disappoint with some big promises made. Let's have a look at what ATI say they're going to give us before we get stuck in to the performance side of things and find out for ourselves.Performance ImprovementsThe following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst™3DMark Vantage DX10 - performance gains of up to 5% for Single andCrossfire mode. Performance gains were noticed on HD46xx, HD4550 andHD4350.Call of Duty: World at War DX9 - performance gains of up to 21% for Singleand Crossfire mode. Performance gains were noticed on all Radeon HD48xx.Crysis DX10 - performance gains of up to 25% for Single and Crossfiremode. Performance gains were noticed on all Radeon HD4xxx.Crysis Warhead DX10 - performance gains of up to 13% for Single cardmode and up to 16% for Crossfire mode. Performance gains were noticed onall Radeon HD4xxx.Devil May Cry 4 DX10 - performance gains of up to 6% for Single andCrossfire mode. Performance gains were noticed on all Radeon HD4xxx andHD38xx.Fallout 3 - performance gains of up to 15% for Single card mode.Far Cry 2 DX10 - performance gains of up to 10% for Single card mode andup to 57% in Crossfire mode. Performance gains were noticed on all RadeonHD4xxx and HD38xx.FEAR DX9 - performance gains of up to 6% for Single and Crossfire mode.Performance gains were noticed on Radeon HD4870X2 and HD4870.Hellgate: London DX10 - performance gains of up to 6% for Single cardmode and up to 10% for Crossfire mode. Performance gains were noticed onall Radeon HD4xxx.Left 4 Dead DX9 - performance gains of up to 10% for Single card mode andup to 5% for Crossfire mode. Performance gains were noticed on all RadeonHD4870 series.Lost Planet Colonies DX10 - performance gains of up to 10% for Single andCrossfire mode. Performance gains were noticed on all Radeon HD4xxx andHD38xx.Prey OGL - performance gains of up to 15% for Crossfire mode. Performancegains were noticed on Radeon HD4870 1GB products, HD46xx,HD45xx.S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky - performance gains of up to 10% for Crossfiremode. Performance gains were noticed on all Radeon HD4xxx and HD38xx.Unreal Tournament 3 DX9 - performance gains of up to 18% for Singlecard mode and up to 15% in Crossfire mode, especially in cases where AA isenabled. Performance gains were noticed on all Radeon HD4xxx andHD38xx

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