A new batch of Radeon graphics drivers is now available. While there's still a month to go until the Catalyst 8.12 update with built-in ATI Stream GPGPU support comes out, AMD now offers Catalyst 8.11 drivers for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Linux in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors.
For Windows, AMD says it has brought a couple of new features together with the following performance enhancements:
Stalker Clear Sky: Performance increases between 6%-18% on single card configured systems when using the ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 Series of products. Performance increases between 10%-30% on CrossFireX™ configured systems using the ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 Series of products. Far Cry 2: Performance increases between 5%-10% on single card configured systems when using the ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 Series of products. Performance increases between 8%-14% on CrossFireX™ configured systems using the ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 Series of products.
Users of CrossFire multi-GPU setups should now be able to use the Catalyst Control Center system tray applet to check if their games are using more than one graphics card, too. On top of that, the new drivers include a Windows XP version of AMD's HydraVision display and window management software. This tool lets you divide the Windows desktop into multiple areas for different applications, configure virtual desktops, and set special hotkeys.
With the Linux Catalyst 8.11 release, AMD now offers compatibility with Red Hat's Enterprise Linux 4.7 distribution, and it's added support for display scaling with TV timings for 480i/p, 720p, and 1080i/p video output through DVI, HDMI, or component connections.
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