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ATi Hardware/Drivers Thread

PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:54 pm
by [Prey]

Calling all ATi owners, this is a brand new thread dedicated to all things ATi. So instead of having driver updates plastered all over the forum willy nilly you can now consult this thread for news of any new releases. This includes DNA and N20 modded drivers. Alternatively you can also obviously discuss existing and upcoming hardware releases at your pleasure.

The impending release of the Catalyst 9.1 driver (possibly as near as the end of the week according to some sources) is said to add new multi-threading advancements. So post any news concerning them if you hear anything.

As of 14/01/2009 the latest ATi Catalyst release is 8.12.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:57 pm
by Jay
If you own a laptop, but have the bad luck to have a manufacturer who are crap at updating their driver support page (I'm looking at YOU Acer) do a useful tool to help you get around this

PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:12 pm
by Quietman
Are the ATi drivers any good now? I remember them being a bit meh

PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:34 pm
by [Prey]
I've had zero problems with the 8.12 drivers, although from what I can tell there has been at least two hot fixes released for them to date for various reasons. The standard 8.12's are the best driver release I've seen from ATi in quite some time and they run everything I throw at them extremely well. Unless it's GTA IV PC that is, but that's hardly ATi's fault anyhow.

As I said though, the 9.1's are right on our doorstep and promising all manner of wondrous offerings...

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.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:44 pm
by Mantis
Wait... Direct3D 10? Do I use that?

I lose track of all this technological stuff sometimes. -_-

PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:21 am
by Smi
Isn't it DirectX 10 / 11...
I'm fairly sure Direct3D is someting else!

PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:45 am
by JohnyHumf
Up to 22% what?

I'm fucking confused, delete this thread and make a new one. :lol:

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:14 pm
by [Prey]
Many ATi fans are stating that the Catalyst 9.1 drivers may be released this Wednesday the 22nd.

One guy even went as far as to prove why:

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)

So yeah, anyone want to hedge bets it won't be on Wednesday? >_>

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:32 am
by [Prey]
Looks like they are getting ready to upload Catalyst 9.1's to, they should be released at some point later today...

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:34 pm
by Mantis
So, any good? I only just installed the last set and I can't really be bothered to upgrade right away.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:08 pm
by [Prey]
I'd be able to tell you if my PC had not died, I'd waited ages for these bastards to see a release. :|

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:26 am
by Jelly
I've not noticed much difference since I've only been playing Eve, and that ran great anyway. The fan has been spinning up loudly ingame sometimes, though that may be Rivatuner getting mad about unsupported drivers.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:23 am
by [Prey]
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. ... 7&Itemid=1

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:04 pm
by [Prey]
New Catalyst 9.3 Drivers Released...

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:

Performance improvements
# Lost Planet: Colonies – performance gains of up to 20% were seen on the ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series, and performance gains of up to 50% were seen on the ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series, ATI Radeon™ HD 4500 Series, and ATI Radeon™ HD 4300 Series of products
# Unigine Tropics Demo DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 – performance gains of up to 20% were seen on ATI CrossFireX configurations using the ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series of products

New Features
ATI Catalyst™ 9.3 – 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 – 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
# 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 Catalyst™ 9.3 – 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

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:40 pm
by [Prey]
These drivers not only helped bump up my performance in FEAR 2 but they also at long last helped fix the damn water flickering graphical problem in World at War. Woo!

I've also now been able to max out FEAR 2 and still manage a respectable 38+ fps minimum while playing...


They are also meant to be pretty damn awesome in Crysis: Warhead, but alas I don't have it installed to find out if that's true or not.

9.3's I salute you!!