Sticking to its monthly driver release schedule like clockwork, AMD has released yet another set of Catalyst drivers for its Radeon graphics cards. The new Catalyst 8.7 release brings the usual round of bug fixes along with a handful of performance enhancements, which AMD details as follows:
3DMark Vantage: Performance increases of up to 20% are seen in the Performance Preset on single card configured systems when using the ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 or ATI Radeon™ HD 3400 Series of products Company of Heroes DX10: Performance increases between 3% to 12% are seen in specific maps on single card configured systems when using the ATI Radeon™ HD 4800, ATI Radeon ™ HD 3800, and ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series of products Lost Planet DX10: Performance increases between 4% to 15% are seen in specific maps on single card configured systems when using the ATI Radeon™ HD 4800, ATI Radeon™ HD 3800, or ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series of products Call Of Duty 4 DX9: Performance increases of up to 4% in specific maps are seen on single card configured systems when using the ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series of products Lost Planet DX9: CrossFire™ scaling improves up to 1.7x and performance increases up to 80% across all ATI Radeon™ products when Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering are enabled
Those who install the new drivers can also look forward to resolved problems in Assassin's Creed, Crysis, Frontlines: Fuel of War, Hellgate London, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, World In Conflict, and World of Warcraft. Oh, and AMD mentions that the Catalyst 8.7 drivers bring a "Full Hardware information" section to the Catalyst Control Center. This section details each graphics card installed in the user's system.
On the Linux front, the Catalyst 8.7 release fixes a few bugs and adds support for Ubuntu 8.04, SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP2, and openSUSE 11. You can get the 8.7 Linux Catalysts over here for 32-bit systems and on this page for 64-bit Linux variants. AMD links detailed release notes on both driver download pages.