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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

ATI Drivers Catalyst 5.7

Catalyst 5.7 has been released in July 2005. As stated in the Catalyst 5.7 release note, this new driver has resolved the warcraft III issue, “playing the game under Windows XP no longer results in display corruption being noticed when rotating the display 90degrees counter-clockwise”

However the known issue of this new driver with the Worold of Warcraft as stated “Display corruption is noticed when switching between the game and the Windows desktop, when the desktop is set to 1280x1024 and the graphic preferences is set to Optimal Quality.”

Indicated by ATI that there is a performance improvement as stated:
· 5-15% gains in 3DMark05 on some products
· 20-60% gain in Far Cry Regulator across multiple settings
· 25-60% gains in Half-Life 2 at 1600x1200 4xAA 8xAF
· 40-60% gains in UT2004 at 1600x1200 6xAA 16xAF
· 50-100% improvement in Comanche4 at 1600x1200 6xAA 16xAF
· 50-200% gains in certain ShaderMark tests at high resolution

In my opinion, the indication of the increased of the performance normally varied from computers depends on the manufacturer of the graphic card as well as the overall components of the computers, and the software application.