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cadaveca June 18, 2008 01:16 PM

Catalyst 8.6
 
Catalyst 8.6 is live. Get it here:

AMD GAME Drivers & Tools

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New Features
Catalyst™ 8.6 introduces the following new features:


OpenGL Adaptive Anti-Aliasing Custom Filters support
OpenGL CrossFireX™ (QUAD) support – 3 or 4 GPUs in CrossFire™ mode

Catalyst Install enhancement – No reboot required after Catalyst upgrade

install



OpenGL Adaptive Anti-Aliasing Custom Filters support

This release of Catalyst™ introduces Adaptive Anti-Aliasing Custom Filters support
for OpenGL applications for the ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 Series, ATI
Radeon™ HD 2000 Series of products. Using the Edge Detect Custom Filter,
users can enable 12X and 24X Anti-Aliasing. Selecting 4X Anti-Aliasing plus
selecting the Edge Detect filter delivers the equivalent of 12X Anti-Aliasing.
Selecting 8X Anti-Aliasing plus selecting the Edge Detect filter delivers the
equivalent of 24X Anti-Aliasing.
OpenGL CrossFireX™ (QUAD) support – 3 or 4 GPUs in
CrossFire™ mode
This release of Catalyst™ introduces CrossFireX™ QUAD support for OpenGL
applications. Users with any combination of a ATI Radeon™ HD 3870, ATI
Radeon™ HD 3850, and ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 X2 graphics accelerators running
with 3 or 4 GPUs will be able to run in CrossFireX™ QUAD mode (when
used in a CrossFireX™ compatible PC).
Users are also able to run in CrossFireX™ QUAD mode while running in
extended desktop mode on the Windows Vista desktop.
Catalyst Install enhancement – No reboot required after
Catalyst upgrade install
This release of Catalyst™ introduces an enhancement to the Catalyst installer.
Users are no longer required to reboot their system after Catalyst has finished
installing (as long as the installation is an upgrade from a previous Catalyst
install).
Performance Improvements
The following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst™.
3DMark Vantage:10 to 15% gains across all Radeon™ HD 3xxx and HD

2xxx products, with larger gains in specific cases.
Call of Duty 4: Performance increases across all Radeon™ HD 3xxx and HD

2xxx products, with gains as large as 35% in specific maps.Call of Juarez DX10: Performance increases between 2 and 9% across all HD
3xxx and HD 2xxx products

Company of Heroes (DX10 version): Performance increases between 4 and

10% across HD 36xx and HD 34xx products.

Lost Planet (DX10 version): Performance increases by 1 or 2 fps across all

HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products, creating in some cases up to 20% increase.

Lost Planet (DX9 version): Performance increases between 2 and 20% across

all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products

Prey OpenGL: 3-5% gains across HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products.

Quake 4 OpenGL: Up to 8% increase across all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products.
Shadermark 2.1: Minor improvements across all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products,
with the largest gains appearing on HD 3650 (up to 9%)

ViewPerf 10: Substantial performance improvements across several of the

sub-tests, with the largest gains in ugnx (up to 55%), catia (up to 17%) and
tcvis (up to 10%) across all of the HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products.


Synth June 20, 2008 08:12 AM

Hope they play well with Vista 64bit ...

cadaveca June 20, 2008 09:25 AM

they do, I'm on Vista64. For 3870x2's anyway, they work.


Actually one of the best drivers for some time...IMHO...just support for GRID is missing(only uses one gpu in Crossfire)


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