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Old April 22, 2010, 10:44 AM
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Default ATI Releases Catalyst 10.4a Preview Drivers

ATI has released a second preview of its 10.4 Catalyst drivers, this time that resolves Battlefield: Bad Company 2 load times for earlier generation cards.

Last week we saw the initial preview of the Catalyst 10.4 that resolve slow loading of BF:BC2 maps with ATI 5000 series cards, and now the 10.4 Preview fixes the same problem present with ATI ... [ Read full article ]
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it really is nice to load in a couple seconds as opposed to 30 or so
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About fvcking time. I'll try to test them tonight, but renovations are killing my availability of playing time. (Tiles need to all burn in hell.)
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I already notice a significant difference in BCBF2
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I better not be disappointed when my HD 5870 arrives and I replace my GTX 260 Core 216 with it. I had a GTX 470 on pre-order, but I came across an HD 5870 for $360 shipped. I hope I don't regret that... Although, I suppose I could sell it at not much of a loss, if at all, and just reorder a 470.
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This should be good. I have a 5850 and by the time the level loads, I can see the the helicopter fly off!! BILLY, GET TO THE CHOPPER!!! my name's not Billy, but I can now get on that chopper!
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I better not be disappointed when my HD 5870 arrives and I replace my GTX 260 Core 216 with it. I had a GTX 470 on pre-order, but I came across an HD 5870 for $360 shipped. I hope I don't regret that... Although, I suppose I could sell it at not much of a loss, if at all, and just reorder a 470.
You got a great deal for $360 shipped!!! HOW THE HELL could you be disapointed? The HD5870 is faster than GTX 470 in every review, but for a few exceptions...
Yukon, I was in the EXACT same situation of cancelling my Pre-order (GTX470 SC that I'd still be waiting for I guess). I picked a XFX HD5870 ($425 PMed) for replace my eVGA GTX260 Core216 superclocked.

The load times in BC2 is caused by the time it takes to load the shaders, but it's around 15 seconds on the first map you get on. Nothing to write home about. BTW, in the latest patch, DICE added some spawn time at the beginning of the map so everybody loads on time (before the game is over lol).

Seriously, I was getting 50-55 FPS (1680 X 1050, DX9c Win XP 32) in BC2 MP with the GTX260 (633 mhz core, don't remember memory) with MSAA X1, no AF, HBAO OFF and BLOOM off (in config), high settings. Now, I get around 90-110 FPS (rig in sig) at 1680 X 1050 DX11 Win7 64 bits (HBAO on, bloom on, MSAA X 2, AF X 2) everything on HIGH.

Idle temps = 38 degrees celsius. MAX temp ever reached in BC2 = 69 degrees celsius (fan on AUTO @ 30%). (all my fans on medium speed in Antec 300).

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Sounds like this game is a pain in the $@#$@#
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BC2= Stillborn imho. DICE won't be seeing any money from me. Just Cause 2 however will. Even though it's not my taste in gaming.
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I better not be disappointed when my HD 5870 arrives and I replace my GTX 260 Core 216 with it. I had a GTX 470 on pre-order, but I came across an HD 5870 for $360 shipped. I hope I don't regret that... Although, I suppose I could sell it at not much of a loss, if at all, and just reorder a 470.
this is with a XFX5870XXX, everything full at 1900x1200. it smoked my 260 c216.
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