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ATI Catalyst 6.4 Performance Analysis (Page 1)

We take our regular look at the latest Catalyst drivers from ATI and we examine if it's worth updating to version 6.4!
Shawn Baker | Apr 12, 2006 at 11:00 pm CDT - 0 mins, 57 secs time to read this page
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Introduction

As the month of public holiday's rolls around for Australia, we have a new set of ATI Catalyst drivers to test just before we take a nice long weekend off. As expected the 6.4 are their name and performance and bug fixes are what they bring to the table.

Let's have a quick look at the release notes before we get stuck into benchmarking.

Release Notes from ATI

From ATI:

Performance Improvements

3DMark06 CPU scores improve as much as 4.9% across all product lines

3DMark06 HDR 2 Deep Freeze (SM3.0) test improves as much as 2%

Call of Duty 2 improves approximately 1.4-2% on Radeon X1900 and Radeon X1800 Crossfire™ configurations. Gains are slightly less (1.3%) for non-Crossfire™ Radeon X1900 and Radeon X1800 products

FarCry improves 2-3% on ATI Radeon X1900 non-Crossfire configurations. Greatest improvements result from tests with no AA and AF

Half Life 2 improves as much as 3.8% on Radeon X1900 non-Crossfire configurations. Greatest improvements result from tests with no AA and AF

Unreal Tournament 2004 gains 3-5% on all Radeon X1x00 non-Crossfire configurations

ATI are claiming some small performance improvements in several games, so let's continue on and see how the new Catalyst drivers perform against the previous version.

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