Catalyst 8.2 graphics drivers hit the web

— 4:49 PM on February 13, 2008

A new set of Catalyst graphics drivers is available for users of AMD's Radeon and Radeon HD graphics cards. The new release is numbered 8.2, conforming to AMD's monthly release schedule, and it includes some performance improvements and bug fixes.

AMD claims the new drivers improve DirectX 10 performance in Company of Heroes by as much as 20% on Radeon HD 2000- and 3000-series graphics cards, and folks running those same cards in CrossFire multi-GPU setups can look forward to a performance increase of as much as 30% in the same title. As for bugs, AMD has resolved issues pertaining to level editing in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, flickering and missing objects in World of Warcraft's OpenGL mode, display corruption when running Doom 3 at high resolutions in CrossFire mode, HDMI audio stutter, and other miscellaneous issues, including a couple with the Catalyst Control Center.

The Catalyst 8.2 graphics driver can be downloaded from AMD's Game website for Windows Vista and Windows XP in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. Detailed release notes for the drivers can be viewed here in PDF format.

In addition to the Windows release, AMD has also rolled out a set of Catalyst 8.2 drivers for Linux. The drivers are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit iterations, and they fix several bugs related to X server crashes. Release notes for the Linux drivers are available here.

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