AMD isn't done trying to steal Intel's IDF thunder. After showing off its Zacate chip earlier this week, AMD has now announced a partnership with Valve that will see graphics driver updates appear on Steam. More specifically, the content distribution service will be able to "detect and install the latest ATI Catalyst driver for . . . ATI Radeon graphics card directly from within Steam."
AMD provides additional details on its official blog. If you manage to read past the world's biggest headline, you'll learn that this month's Catalyst 10.9 update is the first one delivered through Steam.
As it happens, the Catalyst 10.9 drivers made their way onto AMD's Game website a few minutes ago. Based on what AMD tells us, this driver update improves performance in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat benchmark and Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena for Radeon HD 5700- and 5800-series cards. (The Riddick improvements apply to 4800-series Radeons, too.)
Also included in the Catalyst 10.9 release: Catalyst Application Profiles for Aliens vs. Predator, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, F1 2010, and Kane & Lynch 2, not to mention official support for the Internet Explorer 9 beta. Be sure to check the release notes (PDF) for a more detailed look at the changes and bug fixes.