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ATI Catalyst 6.4 Performance Analysis

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Apr 13, 2006 4:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon X2 3800+


Motherboard(s): ASUS A8N32-SLI Premium (Supplied by ASUS)


Memory: 2 X 1GB Crucial PC4000 DDR (Supplied by Crucial)


Hard Disk(s): WD Raptor 74GB 10,000RPM SATA (Supplied by Western Digital)


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2


Drivers: ATI Catalyst 6.3 / 6.4 and DX9c


With the new addition to the bunch of test graphics cards being the Radeon X800XL from last month, testing is taking a little longer these days and we didn't get a chance to swap our X1800 over to an X1900.


This is our top priority though for the next set of Catalyst drivers. While most of the performance increases revolve around the X1900, we will see if the high-end X1800 gets any boost in speeds along with our other cards.


Let's get started and see what the folks at ATI have served up for us this month!


MSI RX1600PRO-TD256E RADEON™ X1600 PRO, (256 MB) PCI Express Graphic Card




Version and / or Patch Used: Build 360


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By combining full DX8 and partial DX9 support with completely new tests and graphics over the previous version, 3DMark03 continues the legacy of being the industry standard 3D benchmark.



3DMark03 is getting old now and for that reason increases have been few and far apart. The latest Catalyst drivers show no difference when compared to the previous set.


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