According to this news, the version 9.1 (internal version: 8.561.3) of the Catalyst graphics drivers should be multithreaded or bring multithreaded support to some applications. In some Direct3D 10 games like Crysis, this will bring up to 9% (on a dual core CPU) or 22% (on a quad core CPU).
Direct3D 9 and 10 are single threaded APIs by nature. So such a boost in performance on a quad core CPU is a very good news because that means
that ATI is ready or is capable to release a nice multithreaded video driver for Direct3D 11. Keep in mind that Direct3D 11 is targeted at to be a multithreaded graphics API.
Catalyst 8.11 November 12, 2008 (wednesday)
Catalyst 8.10 October 15, 2008 (wednesday)
Catalyst 8.9 September 17, 2008 (wednesday)
Catalyst 8.8 August 20, 2008 (wednesday)
Catalyst 8.7 July 21, 2008
Catalyst 8.6 June 18, 2008 (wednesday)
Catalyst 8.5 May 21, 2008 (wednesday)
Catalyst 8.4 April 16, 2008 (wednesday)
Catalyst 8.3 March 5, 2008 (wednesday)
Catalyst 8.2 February 13, 2008 (wednesday)
Catalyst 8.1 January 16, 2008 (wednesday)
Catalyst 7.12 December 20, 2007
Catalyst 7.11 November 21, 2007 (wednesday)
It appears that NVIDIA isn't the only one guilty of renaming GPUs. ATI plans to do the same with several Radeon 3000 series parts. Fudzilla unpacked ATI's Catalyst 9.1 driver and noticed 11 new SKUs ranging from the Radeon 4230 up to the 4750. All of these parts are based on ATI's RV615 (Radeon 3400) or RV635 GPUs (Radeon 3600).
No word on when the "new" GPUs will be released, although if I had to guess CeBIT sounds like the most likely release date.
ATI has just released new Catalyst 9.3 drivers for Radeon card owners. The 9.3 driver release is ATI's first monthly update to include support for Windows 7. From the release notes:
Highlights of the ATI Catalystâ„¢ 9.3 Windows release include:
# Lost Planet: Colonies â€“ performance gains of up to 20% were seen on the ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD 4800 Series, and performance gains of up to 50% were seen on the ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD 4600 Series, ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD 4500 Series, and ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD 4300 Series of products
# Unigine Tropics Demo DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 â€“ performance gains of up to 20% were seen on ATI CrossFireX configurations using the ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD 4800 Series of products
ATI Catalystâ„¢ 9.3 â€“ the industries first Unified graphics driver for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
# AMD has delivered a single unified graphics driver for both Windows 7 and Windows Vista â€“ demonstrating AMDâ€™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
# All future ATI Catalyst postings will deliver one single unified driver for Windows 7 and Windows Vista
Please note that the AVIVO Video Converter is not currently supported under Windows 7
ATI Catalystâ„¢ 9.3 Folding@Home performance enhancements
# Using ATI Streamâ„¢ technology, owners of the ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD 4000 Series, ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD 3000 Series, and ATI Radeonâ„¢ 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 Catalystâ„¢ 9.3
ATI Catalystâ„¢ 9.3 â€“ Windows Vista HDMI audio driver support integrated into all ATI Catalyst 9.3 packages
# As of ATI Catalyst 9.3 and future ATI Catalyst releases, the AMD Windows Vista HDMI audio driver is automatically included
# 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
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