Barely a day after Microsoft wrapped up Windows 7's development, AMD has released a set of WHQL-certified Catalyst drivers that brings full support for both Windows Vista and the final, release-to-manufacturing build of Windows 7. Folks already running the new operating system can look forward to the following goodies, according to the chipmaker:
- Great gaming performance – superior performance compared to Windows Vista for single GPU configurations (gains of up to 10%) and especially ATI CrossFireX™ configurations (gains of up to 40% for dual GPU configurations, and gains of up to 90% for QUAD GPU configurations)
- Stability – through AMD's WHQL certified, unified Windows 7 / Windows Vista graphics driver
- Leadership in Innovation – support for all the Windows 7 WDDM 1.1 features and AMD ATI Catalyst features on the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series, and ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series of products
The Catalyst 9.7 release also introduces a redesigned Catalyst Control Center that has a "new streamlined look" and a new Desktops & Display Manager that lets users "configure and arrange their displays more quickly." Last but not least, the ATI Video Converter can now speed up video transcoding in both the 32-bit and 64-bit releases of Windows 7.
Win7 and Vista users can grab the new Catalysts from this page on AMD's Game website. The heading still says "ATI Catalyst™ 9.6 Suite" right now, but the actual download links point to the 9.7 package.