Another month, another set of AMD graphics drivers. AMD has rolled out a new Catalyst 8.5 release that brings performance improvements, new features, and bug fixes. The list of performance bumps and matching cards includes the following:
Call of Juarez DX10 – Performance increases up to 12% on the ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series of products Lost Planet DX10 – Performance increases from 5% to 35% on the ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series of products. World in Conflict DX10 – Performance increases up to 25% on the ATI Radeon HD 3600 and ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products. Even greater gains are seen on the ATI Radeon HD 3870X2. Stalker DX9 – Performance increases by 20-50% when HDR is enabled in the game; across the ATI Radeon 3800 Series of products. Halo – Performance increases by 10-30% across all ATI Radeon graphics products.
The new drivers also bring several new features. Among those are support for adaptive antialiasing in OpenGL applications on Radeon HD 3000, Radeon HD 2000, and Radeon X1000 series GPUs; support for SECAM TV-out, 1080p24, and custom 1080p display modes on HD 3000, HD 2000, and X1000 cards; and support for HDMI audio output for "all TV timing modes and non-standard (CEA 861b) TV modes." AMD claims full support for Windows XP Service Pack 3, as well.
On the bug fixes front, AMD says it has resolved problems in Clive Barker's Jericho, Crysis, Gears of War, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Hellgate: London, Stranglehold, Tabula Rasa, Team Fortress 2, and Tomb Raider Anniversary.
Versions of the Catalyst 8.5 drivers for Windows Vista and Windows XP in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors are available from the AMD Game! website, as usual. Linux users will also find versions of the Catalyst 8.5 drivers for 32-bit and 64-bit Linux distributions on AMD's driver support page. The new Linux drivers fix a good number of bugs and add settings for Catalyst AI, mipmap detail level, and custom AA filters to the Linux Edition of the Catalyst Control Center.