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ATI Releases Catalyst 10.6 Video Card Drivers for Download

Post by Apoptosis » Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:45 pm

ATI has just released ATI Catalyst 10.6 for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Linux platforms on http://www.amd.com or http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/ ... loads.aspx
New Features

These include the following:

GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe® Flash Player 10.1
AMD GPU acceleration of Adobe® Flash Player 10.1 delivers smooth high definition video playback and reduces system resource utilization
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 can be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms featuring AMD graphics including:
- ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 and ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 series
- ATI Mobility ATI Radeon™ HD 400 series (and higher)
- ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 series integrated graphics (and higher)

Video De-blocking support
Reduces blocking artifacts seen in low-bit rate video during playback
Supported on the ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series of products

Mosquito noise reduction
Reduces mosquito noise seen in highly compressed progressive video, during playback
- Supported on the ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series of products

Official support for OpenGL 4.0 and OpenGL 3.3
- ATI Catalyst 10.6 delivers official support for OpenGL 4.0 on the ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
- ATI Catalyst 10.6 delivers official support for OpenGL 3.3 on the ATI Radeon™ HD Series

ATI Catalyst™ Release Note Version 10.6 6

Performance Improvements
The following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst™ 10.6:

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 5700Series products
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

Resolved Issues for All Windows Operating Systems
This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows. These include:

- "Battlefield 2: Bad Company" maps no longer takes unusually long to load
- Assigned hotkeys are now retained for "Desktops & Displays" after Catalyst Control Center restart

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows 7. These include:

- "The Chronicles of Riddick 2: Assault on Dark Athena" no longer displays white pixel corruption on walls while playing the "Pitch Black" stage with Super Anti-Alias and in-game Anti-Alias enabled
- Corruption no longer visible during "Bioshock 2" gameplay in DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 mode with CrossFire™ enabled
- Booting the operating system without displays connected no longer causes CrossFire™ to become disabled
- Grass and crops are no longer rendered randomly at unusual locations in "Battlefield 2: Bad Company" game scenes
- Blank/static display no longer observed after loading a game in "TimeShift" with Super Anti-Alias and CrossFire™ enabled
- Enabling Tessellation no longer causes "Unigine Heaven 2.1" to stop functioning
- Graphical settings can now be adjusted to higher values in "Grand Theft Auto 4: Episodes from Liberty City" with Crossfire™ enabled
- Under Multi-GPU configuration with Crossfire™ enabled, setting both "Shaders Quality" and "Post-Processing Quality" to "Enthusiast" no longer causes frame rate drops in "Crysis Warhead" DirectX 9 game
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Re: ATI Releases Catalyst 10.6 Video Card Drivers for Download

Post by hark » Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:00 pm

Thank you. I'll be updating from 10.4. I'm mostly interested in the OpenGL 4.0 support. The performance increases are cool, but are only for crossfire, from what I can see.

edit: The Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark seems laggier under OpenGL 4.0 than DirectX 11 with the same settings

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Re: ATI Releases Catalyst 10.6 Video Card Drivers for Download

Post by TexasScott » Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:45 pm

Thank you,gonna load em up and try them out.... :mrgreen:

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