Driver Analysis: Catalyst 10.1

kemical

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Let's not kid ourselves. Just days before the end of the month comes to a close, ATI squeezes out a Catalyst driver, I think it's safe to say that this driver is more so to keep the flawless monthly release record than to bring massive improvements or new features.

The driver seems so rushed out that someone forgot to update the Catalyst Control Center to actually say 10.1. Instead it still says 9.12. Terry Makedon @ CatalystMaker even said on Twitter that this is just a standard release driver to fix some bugs.
In all honesty, though, we blame no one. Even the people behind the Catalyst drivers have families and deserve to have some time off over the holidays. It's just a bit disappointing that instead of saying we're going to be working on the 10.2s for six weeks, they chose to quickly whip out a driver set for January before getting stuck into the next set of drivers.

ATI Catalyst 10.1 Windows 7 Driver Analysis Introduction :: TweakTown
 


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I had almost lost my hope to see the Catalyst 10 out, I was visiting Graphics Drivers & Software just the day before yesterday.

The driver seems so rushed out that someone forgot to update the Catalyst Control Center to actually say 10.1.
Very good point, newer drivers have been often incompatible with older CCCs.


I think it's safe to say that this driver is more so to keep the flawless monthly release record than to bring massive improvements or new features.
Anyway as the tweaktown article shows, Catalyst 10.1 does offer a 3% productivity increase with ATI hi-end 5000 series, which is not so bad and a boost quite typical to both ATI and NVIDIA. Besides, there is a number of bug fixes:



http://www2.ati.com/relnotes/Catalyst_101_release_notes.pdf

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:

- [ATI Catalyst™ Control Center] Enabling LCD Overdrive will no longer cause
mouse cursor to magnify when moved overtop of the "Calibration Preview"
- DisplayPort™ "Lower Setting Applied" and "Link Failure" messages will no longer
appear after driver installation and reboot with DP displays connected to the mini DP
port
- Firefox now works properly and video no longer drop frames when playing Youtube
clips with Adobe Flash Player 10
- CrossFire™ logo now appears properly in CFX enabled applications like "3DMark
Vantage" or "Call of Juarez"
- [ATI Catalyst™ Control Center] Newly added custom modes will now appear
properly in desktop area tree view
- Confirmation dialogue window will now appear when setting up Eyefinity mode
- 120 Hz is no longer missing from display modes for specific digital displays
- Specific configurations will no longer cause Ubisoft "Wheelman" to stop responding
during gameplay
- Loss of HDMI signal may no longer occurs when viewing Blu-ray content, and rescanning
for the HDMI signal no longer cause the entire screen to shift and display a
green border
- Overscan/underscan issue no longer occurs when setting displays to HDTV modes
- Performance drop no longer observed during some scenes of Resident Evil 5
cinematics
- Blocky grass and trees no longer visible in Unigine "Heaven" in OpenGL mode
Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System
This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows Vista. These include:
- Changing basic color settings will now reflect properly during playback with Adobe
Flash Player using Internet Explorer or Firefox
- The right side of HD progressive playback screen will no longer freeze while
enabling split screen mode and dynamic contrast
- Green horizontal line no longer visible at the top of the playback window when
viewing SD HQV content with desktop resolution set to 25x16
Known Issues Under All Windows Operating Systems
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under
the Windows operating system in the latest version of ATI Catalyst™. These include:

- [ATI Catalyst™ Control Center] Changing to deinterlace mode may default to
adaptive deinterlace mode instead when playing videos
- Setting Eyefinity group may not work for some configurations with DVI and display
port devices
- Creating an Eyefinity group on the non-primary display might not function properly
- [ATI Catalyst™ Control Center] Hotkeys for rotations may disappear after disabling
rotated Eyefinity mode
- With active display in clone mode, creating an Eyefinity group might not function
properly and message prompting user to disable the extended desktop might not pop
up
- ATI Catalyst™ Control Center might not remember the position of the fourth
monitor after displays are repositioned in Eyefinity grouping
- Intermittent grey screen or vertical line corruption may randomly appear on the
screen

http://www2.ati.com/relnotes/Catalyst_101_release_notes.pdf
 


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