AMD releases Catalyst 7.5 graphics drivers

A new set of Catalyst 7.5 drivers is now available for users of AMD’s ATI Radeon graphics cards. The drivers are available for Windows Vista x86, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, and Windows XP Pro x64. According to AMD, these drivers significantly improve OpenGL performance in Windows Vista:

OpenGL performance in Windows Vista improves on the Radeon X1950 XTX at high resolutions (1920×1200 or greater) with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled. Doom 3 and Quake 4 improves as much as 13-18% .and Prey improves at least 15.6%. The Radeon X1950 Pro and Radeon X1650 XT also see improvements in Doom 3 and Quake 4 up to 14.1% at higher resolutions with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.

The Catalyst 7.5 release also brings DirectX 10 support to users of Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics cards (in either single-GPU or CrossFire configurations) running Windows Vista x86.

As always, a number of bug fixes are on the menu for these new drivers, and those are detailed in AMD’s release notes. In Vista, AMD has fixed bugs in Doom 3, Quake 4, IL2 Sturmovik, Lego Star Wars II, and Serious Sam. And in Windows XP, bugs in Call of Duty and Just Cause have been chased down and resolved.

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    • Bensam123
    • 14 years ago

    They fail to mention that the drivers now include optional software, adware and something called earthism.

    I thought I already paid for my product?

    • eh?
    • 14 years ago

    didn’t seem to fix Lego Star Wars II either… still freezes

    • eloj
    • 14 years ago

    Installed it (after a round of DHmodtool4) on my Radeon X300-based laptop, seems to work well. Though the installation process took aaages.

    Reports OpenGL implementation 2.0.6590 and adds “GL_ARB_pixel_buffer_object” since I last looked, but that was back at 2.0.6012 in Catalyst 6.8 so probably not news.

    §[<http://www.opengl.org/registry/specs/ARB/pixel_buffer_object.txt<]§

    • eh?
    • 14 years ago

    So, I installed this new driver… and here’s what happens with the default install: it uninstalls your current version of steam, and all games, plus it adds a link to install “Earthsim”… I tried installing this earthsim thing, and it says my 1900XT is unsupported because it has less than 256m (the card has 512 actually), and wouldn’t run at all (just ended up with big black and white textures all over the screen).

    Not too impressed with the after-effects of this AMD take-over I must say.

      • Kunikos
      • 14 years ago

      Shenanigans.

      • sigher
      • 14 years ago

      Oh geez it uninstalls steam when you uninstall it? well that’s a bit of a stupidity, I’m sure people will enjoy that a lot :rolleyes:

    • indeego
    • 14 years ago

    On a whim we stopped using the CCC and just used the drivers, and the window crashing in 2d issues we’ve had for 6+ months went awayg{<<}g.

    • Disco
    • 14 years ago

    Will these improvements in OpenGL performance help me run Doom3 and Quake4 on my trusty 9800Pro?, or are these improvements only at extreme resolutions with the latest cards (which don’t really need performance improvements on these ‘older’ games anyway).

    • panzerlied
    • 14 years ago

    Company of Heroes has a DX10 patch that came out today.

    • moose17145
    • 14 years ago

    So technically doesn’t this driver release make the 2900 the only DirectX 10 video card on the market considering (IIRC) NVidia still doesn’t have their directX 10 drivers out yet? Not that it matters since no game really uses DX10 yet… just making an observation since everyone was complaining over NVidia not having DX 10 drivers out yet for the longest time.

      • kilkennycat
      • 14 years ago

      Wrong!! The current (158.18, May2 ) release of the nVidia 8xxx Vista drivers all support Dx10 for single cards. SLI support will be in a later release.

        • moose17145
        • 14 years ago

        ah… gotcha. I only have ATI cards in all my computers currently (even the laptop has a Radeon Xpress200M), so i kinda don’t pay very close attention to what NVidia is doing with every driver release. Thanks for clearing it up though! 🙂 I pay pretty close attention to what each ATI driver brings to the table though.

    • sigher
    • 14 years ago

    Valve is now encouraging modmakers to put ads in steam games I understand, great company, start with ads in games then bundle it with unrelated stuff like ATI drivers.

      • SPOOFE
      • 14 years ago

      That sounds backward to me. I thought ATI was bundling Steam with their drivers, not the other way around.

        • sigher
        • 14 years ago

        Well it depends on which company you are as to what your viewpoint is, for valve it’s that they achieved to get ATI to bundle their software so they get more users as part of the deal, for ATI it’s valve giving radeon users free lost coast and HL2:DM.

    • Forge
    • 14 years ago

    q[

      • Fighterpilot
      • 14 years ago

      The Catalyst™ Vista driver for both the 32bit and 64bit versions of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system is supported on the following ATI Radeon™ products. AMD Desktop Product Family Support for both Windows Vista and XP ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 XT

        • Forge
        • 14 years ago

        I am now aware. It looks like Cyril muffed the copy/paste operation somewhere. I checked the x64 release notes after my post earlier and realized what must have happened.

    • axeman
    • 14 years ago

    Maybe worthy to note ATi released new Linux drivers as well today. Version 8.37.6; downloading them right now to install on my debian/lenny system.
    §[<http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/linux/linux-radeon.html<]§

      • Thresher
      • 14 years ago

      nVidia released some new beta Vista drivers today for the 8×00 series.

        • Lord.Blue
        • 14 years ago

        They also released some new WHQL drivers for the 7 series in XP.

    • Anonim1979
    • 14 years ago

    What about Lost Planet DX10 ?

      • A_Pickle
      • 14 years ago

      Well, if you happen to have a time machine, go into the future and a) download the patch that makes it playable on any set of current hardware or b) pick up a Radeon HD 3800 XTX (hopefully they’ll still have PCIe).

      Otherwise, I’m gonna recommend you wait for /[

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