Driver Analysis: Catalyst 10.3

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  1. kemical

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    The Catalyst 10.3 drivers are really weird this month. What tends to happen is that we'll get the driver a few days before it goes up live on the ATI website. Once it goes live then we release our performance analysis comparing the latest version to the previous one.
    This time around, though, it seems that ATI have ants in the pants and can't keep still because they chose to release a preview driver of the 10.3s which is essentially the driver you're going to see, except it’s non-WHQL. In saying that, the WHQL driver will miss Eyefinity 6 updates and an Alien vs. Predator optimization. We're sure the 10.4s will include those updates, though.
    Below is the full listing of new features and performance improvements you'll see in the 10.3s. Let's just let the list do the talking.

    New Features
    ATI Catalyst Mobility - monthly updates for the mobile crowd
    ATI Eyefinity Technology Bezel Correction - compensate for your bezels so objects in your game move from one display to the other smoothly
    ATI Eyefinity Technology Per Display Control - adjust for differences in each individual displays brightness, color and contrast
    ATI Eyefinity Technology Multiple Display Groups - more display groups to give further control of your desktop with three displays or more connected
    ATI Eyefinity Technology Display Configuration Switching - easily switch from one display mode to another
    3D Stereoscopic 3D driver hooks - enables 3rd party middleware vendors to bring more 3D stereoscopic gaming options

    - Performance Improvements
    3DMark Vantage
    Overall scores increase by up to 8% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
    Overall scores increase by up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products and up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
    Aliens vs. Predator
    Overall performance increases 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    Battleforge
    Improves up to 8% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
    Call of Duty: World at War
    Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
    Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
    Company of Heroes
    Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
    Crysis and Crysis Warhead
    Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
    Devil May Cry 4
    Improves up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
    DiRT 2
    Improves up to 30% on ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
    Improves up to 20% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series and ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
    Improves up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
    Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
    Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
    Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
    Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
    Far Cry 2
    Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
    Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2
    Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Call of Pripyat Benchmark
    Improves up to 10% with Anti-Aliasing enabled on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Clear Sky
    Improves up to 2% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
    Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
    Resident Evil 5
    Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
    Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
    Improves up to 15% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
    Improves up to 20% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products and ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
    Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
    Unigine Tropics
    Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    World in Conflict
    Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
    Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
    Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
    Wolfenstein
    Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

    Read on: ATI Catalyst 10.3 Windows 7 Driver Analysis Introduction :: TweakTown
     
    #1 kemical, Mar 22, 2010
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2010

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