AMD releases Catalyst 7.10 drivers


— 4:53 PM on October 11, 2007

A couple of days ago, we told you AMD was readying a new Catalyst driver release nicknamed "Shoot 'em up" for its ATI Radeon graphics cards. AMD hyped up the drivers, saying they would bring meaty performance gains in a good number of games.

The company has now released the drivers under the more official Catalyst 7.10 moniker, and they're available for Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows XP 64-bit, and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. AMD claims the following performance improvements—a longer list than the one it sent us earlier this week:

  • BioShock DirectX 10 performance improves at least 70% on Crossfire configurations on the entire ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series
  • World in Conflict DirectX 10 performance improves 14-67% on Crossfire configurations and single card performance improves by 20% or more using the ATI Radeon HD 2600 Series, and ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series
  • World in Conflict DirectX 9 performance improves at least 70% on Crossfire configurations on the entire ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series
  • Lost Planet DirectX 10 performance improves at least 20% on Crossfire configurations on the entire ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series
  • Call of Juarez DirectX 10 performance improves up to 42% on Crossfire configurations and single card performance improves up to 34% on the entire ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series
  • Company of Heroes DirectX 10 performance improves up to 80% on Crossfire configurations on the entire ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series and single card performance improves as much as 31% on the ATI Radeon HD 2900 Series and ATI Radeon HD 2600 Series
  • Battlefield 2142 performance improves 5-23% on Crossfire configurations using the ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Series and the ATI Radeon X1300/X1550 Series
  • Call of Duty 2 performance improves up to 6.7% on both single card and Crossfire configurations using the ATI Radeon HD 2600 Series and the ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series
  • Enemy Territory: Quake Wars performance improves on Crossfire configurations as much as 23% on the ATI Radeon X1000 Series and single card performance improves as much as 23% on both the entire ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series and ATI Radeon X1000 Series
  • FEAR performance improves as much as 16% on Crossfire configurations using the ATI Radeon X1950 XTX, ATI Radeon X1650 XT, ATI Radeon HD2400 Series and the ATI Radeon X1300/X1550 Series
  • Supreme Commander performance improves on Crossfire configurations up to 30% on the entire ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series and ATI Radeon X1000 Series. Crossfire configurations using the ATI Radeon X1650 and ATI Radeon X1300/X1550 see even greater improvements of 82% or more.
  • The new drivers also introduce software CrossFire multi-GPU configurations for Radeon HD 2600- and 2400-series graphics cards. A detailed list of new features, bug fixes, and outstanding issues is available in AMD's release notes for the Catalyst 7.10 drivers.

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