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Old March 18, 2009, 09:04 AM
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Default ATI Catalyst 9.3

So, once again, ATI is just about ready to unleash another driver on the masses. I'll be posting links as soon as they are live...most likely later today. This is the first driver ot unify both Vista and Win7 functionality(and why support for DX9 products has been cut back a bit).

You can check out a miniireview here:

Catalyst 9.3 Unifies Vista, Win7 Driver Release - Lab Notes by ExtremeTech

Windows 7 vs. Vista Graphics Performance - OS, Software & Networking by ExtremeTech


Driver download:

Drivers & Tools | GAME.AMD.COM

Release Note Highlights:

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New Features


This section provides information on new features found in this release of the
Radeon™ Display Driver. These include the following:


ATI Catalyst™ 9.3 Unified driver for Windows 7 and Windows Vista



ATI Catalyst™ 9.3 Folding@Home performance enhancements



ATI Catalyst™ 9.3 – Windows Vista HDMI audio driver support integrated into all


ATI Catalyst 9.3 packages



New AMD Display Library (ADL) SDK


ATI Catalyst™ 9.3 Unified driver for Windows 7 and Windows
Vista



AMD has delivered a single unified graphics driver for both Windows 7 and

Windows Vista – demonstrating AMD’s Windows 7 graphics driver leadership and
focus on delivering a stable and robust Windows 7 experience on AMD hardware



Delivers full WDDM 1.1 support under Windows 7 on the ATI Radeon HD 4000

Series, ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series, and ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series of products



Delivers improved gaming performance under Windows 7 vs. Windows Vista


All future ATI Catalyst postings will deliver one single unified driver for Windows 7

and Windows Vista

ATI Catalyst™ 9.3 Folding@Home performance enhancements



Using ATI Stream™ technology, owners of the ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 Series, ATI

Radeon™ HD 3000 Series, and ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 Series of graphics
accelerators will see a performance boost in their Folding@Home scores when
running the latest Folding@Home client and upcoming cores in conjunction with

ATI Catalyst™ 9.3



ATI Catalyst™ 9.3 – Windows Vista HDMI audio driver support
integrated into all ATI Catalyst 9.3 packages



As of ATI Catalyst 9.3 the Windows Vista HDMI audio driver is automatically

included in the ATI Catalyst 9.3 package



The HDMI audio driver will only be installed if the AMD graphics accelerator has an

HDMI display connector and there is no 3rd party HDMI audio driver installed
New AMD Display Library (ADL) SDK



AMD Display Library (ADL) SDK is designed to access display driver functionality

for all ATI Radeon graphics accelerators and FirePro graphics accelerators



The SDK supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and Linux - 32 and 64 bit variants


The SDK can be used from both unmanaged (C/C++) and managed (C#) applications

- samples are provided within the SDK



The ADL SDK is available to the public via the Developer relations site

Performance Improvements
Catalyst™ 9.3 brings performance benefits in several cases where framerates are CPUlimited.
Some measured examples are:




Lost Planet: Colonies gains up to 20% on 4800 series products, and up to 50% on

4600, 4500 and 4300 series products
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:




Video combing effects no longer visible during movie playback while fast

forwarding or rewinding



Avivo Video Color Settings are now retained after resume from Sleep/Hibernate


Overlay Theater Mode is now enabled with component video or composite video in

extended modes



Catalyst Control Center: Avivo Video Advanced Color page is no longer grayed out

and preview is now functional



OGL games now play properly with "Show Crossfire logo…" option enabled


Rotation now works if Aero mode is turned off


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




Avivo Video Color Settings will now be applied in the video when played using
PowerDVD



FJ online game no longer changes resolution slowly in full screen mode with some

ASICs



Quake 4: Screen corruption no longer appears in CrossFire using two bridge cables

with some ASICs



Composite video no longer goes black when disabling Overlay Theater Mode using

Catalyst Control Center



Resolved issues for Open GL 3.0 "CreateContext" function


Toggling between 3D games in full screen mode to the desktop is no longer slow
when using the Alt-Tab key


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Old March 18, 2009, 09:16 AM
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Yah I saw that it was just Tweeted by Ian. ATI Catalyst 9.3 Everything you want to know | AMD at Play

Will install this evening.
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Yeah, Terry Makedon gave the heads up earlier this week. I guess Terry was sick, but when he was back at work, things were still on track for the release today.

It's awesome that AMD has embraced this level of transparency...and are back trying to meet enthusiast's needs...

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Yeah, it's funny, I made a comment to Ian a few weeks ago about how I would like to see them improve folding capability to be on par with nvidia and one of the key features of 9.3 is improved folding performance. Im sure it is unrelated lol but still. And I agree, it is nice to see them so open like this.
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This is a very good thing and if you ask me it is just another stake they can use (passively) to drive into the vampire's (nvidia) heart. Before anyone takes me to task as trying to fan the flames, I am definitely not. What I am trying to state is that AMD/ATI has been working very hard to stay open and honest and have not resorted to the tactics of the green camp with their products/drivers.
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9.3 now live
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This is a very good thing and if you ask me it is just another stake they can use (passively) to drive into the vampire's (nvidia) heart. Before anyone takes me to task as trying to fan the flames, I am definitely not. What I am trying to state is that AMD/ATI has been working very hard to stay open and honest and have not resorted to the tactics of the green camp with their products/drivers.
Agreed, lets hope they keep on down this road!
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ooo ill be installing this for sure, may wait til tomorrow though when i install a newer win7 beta. Increased folding performance ftw
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I couldnt get my ATI cards to fold at all in W7 so anything is better than nothing :)
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