AMD releases Catalyst 10.3 preview drivers


— 6:00 AM on March 18, 2010

Hot on the heels of the new GeForce driver update, AMD has put up a preview version of its Catalyst 10.3 graphics drivers. This release brings forth one major new feature for notebook users: official support for Mobility Radeon HD 2000 through 5000 GPUs in laptops offered by "most major OEM and ODM . . . manufacturers."

For many folks with Radeon-powered notebooks, the 10.3 Catalysts should remove the need to hunt down for GPU driver updates on the notebook manufacturer's (or vendor's) website. Nvidia has been offering a similar service since December 2008.

AMD offers separate versions of the Catalyst 10.3 preview for laptops and desktops. In both cases, 32-bit and 64-bit variants of Windows 7 and Vista are supported, but Windows XP users need not apply. You'll find download links right here on the official Catalyst preview page.

What's in store for desktop users? As we wrote last month, AMD has enhanced its Eyefinity multi-display scheme with bezel correction, per-display monitor controls, multiple display group support, and better display configuration switching. AMD's information page also mentions a new Direct 3D driver updated to "enable 3rd party middleware vendors such as iZ3D to output stereo L/R images at 120 Hz (60 Hz per eye)."

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