Items tagged with Catalyst

AMD/ATI have just made the Catalyst v7.2 driver suite available for download, for both Vista and Windows XP. Lots of fixes and improvements for both platforms according to the release notes. Here are some of the more interesting details... Catalyst 7.2 introduces a brand new version of the Catalyst Control Center for Windows XP. The new Catalyst Control Center delivers a number of significant enhancements: Significant performance gains; Catalyst Control Center start-up time has been substantially reduced, and overall responsiveness has improved. Reduced system resource usage New 3D preview which significantly improves the ability for users to understand the benefits of enabling the many Catalyst... Read more...
November's version of the latest Catalyst drivers are out and about. Catalyst 6.11 brings some performance improvements with it, along with a few bug fixes, and CrossFire software support for any X1900 and X1950 product installed in a system using Windows XP or XP 64. Click here for the download page, and here for the release notes.... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI has finally releases Catalyst 6.10 drivers for all ATI GPU's. Nestled within this driver are a number of performance fixes and additional functionality. For one, users can finally have official HDR with FSAA in Oblivion without being forced to use the "Chuck" patch. In addition, there are supposedly some healthy performance gains for Crossfire systems with framerate increases of up to 16% being reported. If you're currently gaming with an ATI Radeon graphics card, you should head over to AMD's website and download these drivers. AMD released the new drivers for both Linux and Windows but it still doesn't have the... Read more...
ATI has released their monthly Catalyst driver update to the Radeon line.  This brings the current version up to 6.9 and adds Crossfire support to Intel P965 motherboards that have two PCI-E X16 slots.  Unfortunately, this added feature is only available for D3D applications on X1900 cards under Windows XP only.  OpenGL support is slated for some time in the near future.  Hop over to ATI's website and grab your driver flavor for Windows XP, Windows XP Media Center, or Windows XP 64Bit.... Read more...
ATI has released version 6.8 of their Catalyst Driver, and this release is one to get excited about. While many driver releases focus on fixing certain driver related problems in games and applications, Catalyst 6.8 contains some serious performance improvements. Doom 3, Quake 4, Riddick, and Prey will see performance gains with Catalyst 6.8, which is due to ATI's improvements with OpenGL. That's not all though, so make sure to check out the release notes while your downloading the drivers.... Read more...
Hello everyone.  Those of you that are in the market for a TV-Tuner card will have another option soon, courtesy of ATI and their new Theater 650 Pro chip and Catalyst Media Center software.  We've taken a look at a reference Theater 650 Pro card at HotHardware.com, alongside a build of the new Catalyst Media Center software.  Click here to check them out... And please Digg this article to share it with others.  Thanks!... Read more...
  In recent months, we've seen a major step forward in the image quality of TV Tuner cards on the PC.  As we recently saw with our review of NVIDIA's DualTV, an analog signal can now be cleaned up nicely with finely tuned comb filters and other technologies to bring clarity not seen with previous products.  As the technology has evolved, manufacturers now have the leverage to produce TV-Tuner packages with exceptional analog image quality along with other features, such as dual-tuners, using a single cable connection. While NVIDIA impressed us with their DualTV card, ATI has been hard at work fine tuning their Theater 650 Pro processor.  Building... Read more...
ATI has just made their Catalyst v6.7 drivers available for download.  Highlights of the Windows Catalyst 6.7 release include: Enhanced Crossfire Support: This release of Catalyst introduces Enhanced CrossFire Support. The enhanced support allows for CrossFire Alternate Frame Rendering mode for Direct3D applications to be forced on by setting the Catalyst AI slider to the Advanced position. Users are encouraged to enable this setting if they are not seeing significant performance gains in applications when Crossfire is enabled. This enhancement is available for all Direct3D applications except for Direct3D applications known not to work with Alternate Frame Rendering. Highlights of the Linux... Read more...
ATI has another driver release ready before the months end, bringing the latest Catalyst version to 6.6, and also bring some improvements to the use of Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering. TweakTown has the usual performance comparisons for the release, comparing it to Catalyst 6.5 in a few different benchmarks. "We weren't too sure if a new Catalyst driver version was coming this month but they ended up delivering and ATI has produced quite as useful driver for the lovers of AA and AF - although mostly for Radeon X1900XT(X) owners who love AA and AF." And in case you Nvidia fans haven't heard, version 91.31 of Nvidia's Forceware driver was released on the 23rd.... Read more...
New Chip Delivers Exceptional TV To PC Users Around The World Enjoy a new way to experience PC multimedia entertainment with ATI Theater(TM) 650 Pro and Catalyst Media Center(TM) MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2006) - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) announced the Theater(TM) 650 Pro video processor chip for superb analog and digital TV reception for PC users around the world. The new chip offers full hardware support for Personal Video Recording (PVR) backed by unrivaled Avivo(TM) image quality. Theater 650 Pro is supported by ATI's new Catalyst Media Center(TM) software which combines easy-to-use PVR capabilities with the ability to handle any signal, any time... Read more...
Another driver release from ATI spawns another performance comparison for TweakTown. Along with the addition of Adaptive Anti-Aliasing, ATI promises some performance improvements in a couple of games. Probably not the games you were hoping for though. "Apart from the performance improvements you can see below, Adaptive Anti-Aliasing has been added to the Radeon 9550 and above models. Originally Adaptive AA, which is a feature which adjusts its detail level depending on the performance, was only seen in the X1000 series of cards."  ... Read more...
ATi has released a beta Cat 6.3 driver with the "Chuck" patch to allow High Dynamic Range Lighting (HDR) and Anti-Aliasing (AA) to be enabled in Oblivion at the same time. HDR with AA was only previously available on Xbox 360, and is now possible on the PC platform with ATi cards. Crossfire support was also added in this patch, with boosts up to 80% in performance. The lucky ATi owners can grab the patch here. It's called the "Chuck patch" in honor of our guy that found a way of enabling this functionality. Of course the reason why this is so important is Oblivion is one of the best looking games available in the market. Enabling High Dynamic Range and Anti Aliasing effects make this... Read more...
ATI and Nvidia have released drivers for their respective products this week. Both drivers claim performance improvements, and various fixes, so make sure to grab them when possible. Click Here to download ATI's Catalyst 6.3, and Click Here to download the BETA ForceWare 84.20 drivers.... Read more...
Another month, another driver release. This month, ATI's recent release seems aimed at fixing a host of various driver bugs. However, the "Known Issues" list is equally as long as the "Issues Resolved" list, but with a monthly driver release schedule, there's hope many of them will be fixed soon. Click here for the driver release notes.... Read more...
We're now living in the year 2006, and that means ATI has begun releasing it's 6.x driver set. Today ATI Catalyst 6.1 is available for your downloading pleasure. Has ATI been focusing on fixing bugs, or have they been trying to raise performance as well? To answer that question, we also present you with TweakTown's ATI Catalyst 6.1 Performance Analysis. "As we enter 2006 we see the first Catalyst driver set for the New Year labeled as the 6.1s. These come out just in time for the release of the latest FutureMark benchmark application labeled 3DMark06 funnily enough."... Read more...
Graphics card owners everywhere can rejoice today, as Nvidia and ATI release a holiday treat with their latest driver releases. Catalyst 5.13 is the 13th driver release for ATI this year, as they didn't want to wait until next month's driver release to unlock their new AVIVO technology. Not one to stand back and watch, Nvidia has also released their new 81.98 Forceware drivers, brining mixed vendor support for SLI, and PureVideo high definition MPEG-2 de-interlacing support. ... Read more...
Catalyst 5.13? That's right, and it's slated for this month! In ATI's words, they're out for "dominATIon" of video quality, and with their new drivers, it looks like they may have succeeded. As FiringSquad explains, Catalyst 5.13 is set to deliver a huge leap in image and video quality. "ATI owners (and prospective owners) must have been good this year because Santa has brought the thirteenth Catalyst driver release of 2005. With this new version, ATI claims that they've raised the bar in video performance and set the stage for worldwide "video dominATIon." Our tests show that Catalyst 5.13 is the greatest leap in video quality technology... Read more...
Another driver release, another performance review. ATI has recently released their last driver set of the year, Catalyst 5.12. Today, TweakTown benchmarks the new Catalyst driver against last months version, and reports on some interesting results."As we near the end of the year, we see the final official Catalyst release from ATI under the 5 series name. Next year we will have the 6.1's and start all over again as long as ATI keep up with their promise for monthly driver releases, which has remained true for a long while now."... Read more...
The Inquirer is hearing a rumor from one of Santa's elves that ATI is working hard at ensuring that a new Catalyst driver release will be making its way under your Christmas tree this holiday season. Beyond the usual big-fixes and tweaks, this release supposedly unlocks a number of AVIVIO video-related features. Could we see H.264 or WMV-HD hardware decoding before the end of the year as promised?Catalyst 5.12 will come next week without the support for Radeon X1600 series of products, and that is about to change with X-mas present - driver team is working hard on making 5.13 a reality. The driver isn't just bug-fixes and X1600 support, but rather has some interesting features to boot. When we... Read more...
Hey folks. ATI has released a new version of their Catalyst drivers, and with it comes a number of bug fixes. Along with the Windows XP version of the drivers(which can be download by clicking the link below), ATI has also released drivers for Windows Vista beta 1. Well everyone, I've got some work to do, so goodnight! ATI Catalyst 5.8 Released (Click here to download)   Issues Resolved in Catalyst™ Software Suite 5.8: Battlefield 2: Geometry corruption or missing textures are no longer noticed when playing the game for an extended period of time under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon(R) X800 XT installed 3D Mark03: Enabling Powerplay mode and running the 3DMark03 or 05 in a loop no longer... Read more...
BW comes back from his sunny Caribbean Honeymoon, only to test out the latest addition to the ATi Radeon family, the Radeon X800 XL w/ 512MB of memory on board.  Life is tough sometimes kid...    So we decided to actually make him WORK for a living and re-test the new board with ATi's just now released Catalyst 5.6 driver suite, which brings new features and increased performance to the entire ATi product offering. I know, I'm such a slave-driver... Go here and see how we made the boy sweat.... Read more...
Over the past few months, the ATI Radeon X800XL has built up a reputation for being one of the best buys in high-end PC graphics. A single-slot card, that's got relatively low power requirements, street prices hovering around $275 (give or take a few bucks) and performance that rivals flagship cards from both ATI and NVIDIA, is sure to please a large audience of potential buyers. Yet ATI still had another trick up their collective sleeves. Their line-up of Radeon X800XL cards got a new addition last month, in the form of a 512MB version of the card. The Radeon X800XL 512MB card has essentially the exact same specifications as the standard 256MB X800XL, but with double the amount of on-board memory. ... Read more...
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