Catalyst 6.8 drivers make it out the door
New Catalyst 6.8 drivers for ATI's Radeon graphics cards are now available
for download. These new drivers include optimizations that increase
OpenGL performance with all Radeon X1000-series graphics cards. ATI says
these optimizations have the following effects on games:
- Doom 3 performance improves as much as 6.5%
- Quake 4 (v1.2 or higher) performance improves as much as 18%
- Chronicles of Riddick performance improves as much as 20%. Average
improvements of 5-10% are commonly seen
- Prey performance improves as much as 16%
Direct3D performance has also gone up in 3DMark 2006 and Call of Duty 2.
According to ATI, both apps see gains at 1280x1024 and above with antialiasing enabled on
systems that include Radeon X1000-series cards with 256MB of memory.
3DMark 2006 performance can go up as much as 22%, ATI says, while Call
of Duty sees improvements of up to 30% that also apply to Radeon X550
cards and up.
As always, the latest Catalyst release also contains bug fixes.
ATI has resolved problems in Lord of the Rings: The
Battle for Middle-earth, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, and Splinter
Cell: Chaos Theory. A full list of bug fixes and optimizations can
be viewed in ATI's release notes for the drivers, which are available
from the Catalyst
6.8 download page.