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ATI Catalyst 10.6 Windows 7 Driver Analysis (Page 1)

AMD has just released a new ATI Catalyst 10.6 driver for Radeon graphics cards - we check out performance under Windows 7.
By Shawn Baker from Jun 21, 2010 @ 0:41 CDT
Manufacturer: AMD

CATALYST 10.6 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

Introduction

The 10.6 driver came as a bit of a shock, not in the sense that we didn't expect it, but we didn't expect it this early in the month. You can't deny that the last few releases have come at the last minute and felt a little rushed.

Fingers crossed that the earlier release date means that there's something to get a bit excited about. In the event there's not, we've got our fingers crossed that ATI are working hard on something big for the 10.7 driver since they've given themselves a fair bit of time.


- Performance Improvements

3DMark Vantage
Overall scores improve up to 5% on a single ATI Radeon™ HD 5970

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Performance improves up to 5% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series products
Performance improves up to 10% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 configurations

Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 Benchmark
Performance improves up to 4% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series products
Performance improves up to 10% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 configurations
Performance improves up to 3% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series products

Company of Heroes - DX10
Performance improves up to 7% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series products
Performance improves up to 5% with single card and CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 configurations

Crysis Warhead
CrossFire™ performance improves by up to 7% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series products

DiRT 2 - DX9
Performance improves up to 10% on single card ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series products
Performance improves up to 10% on single card ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 configurations
Performance improves up to 4% on single card ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series products

The Chronicles of Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena
Performance improves up to 15% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series products Performance improves up to 13% on CrossFire™ and single card ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 configurations
Performance improves up to 8% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series products ATI Catalyst™ Release Note Version 10.6 7

Unigine Tropics
CrossFire™ performance improves by up to 8% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series products

World in Conflict
Performance improves up to 6% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series products
Performance improves up to 8% on CrossFire™ and single card ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 configurations

Wolfenstein
Performance improves up to 18% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series products
Performance improves up to 18% on CrossFire™ and single card ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 configurations
Performance improves up to 11% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series products

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