New Catalyst beta driver available

— 10:08 AM on September 28, 2004

ATI has opted to release another beta graphics driver as a hotfix. The reasons are many. I'll let them explain.

ATI has decided to make the 8.07 beta driver available to the public for a variety of reasons:
  • The 8.07 beta driver fixes a random hang issue with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic when loading / switching levels. We have received a significant number of bug reports for this issue and feel that it should be addressed as quickly as possible.
  • ATI wants to provide its RADEON X700 customers with the same level of performance and gaming experience as shown in the recent RADEON X700 reviews. Unfortunately due to the time requirements to ship RADEON X700s to retail shelves a now out-dated 8.04 driver had to be used for the software CD.
  • The 8.07 beta driver includes a memory allocation bug fix for all AGP RADEON products with 256 of MB of memory that significantly improves performance for applications that make intensive us [sic] of graphics memory.
The 8.07 beta driver has been submitted to FutureMark and will be approved for use with 3DMark05 shortly.
Go grab it if you want it. This one should speed up Doom 3 performance quite a bit, as we found in our Radeon X700 XT testing.
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