UPDATED: AMD rolls out Rage graphics driver update

id Software's hotly anticipated shooter Rage is out today. If you pre-loaded it on Steam, you might have snuck in a little bit of playtime late last night. Radeon owners might want to head over to AMD's knowledge base site, because AMD has put up a fresh Catalyst driver update especially for the game. You can grab it right here.

Dubbed the Rage Performance Driver, the update supports Radeon HD 5000- and 6000-series graphics cards, and it purportedly delivers "significant performance gains" if you're running a single-GPU config. And... that's about all there is to it. The update came out on Monday, so I'm assuming it's newer than the Catalyst 11.9 and Catalyst 11.10 preview drivers we were treated to last week.

If you're running a GeForce, fret not—the 285.38 beta drivers that were released last Monday ostensibly targeted the Battlefield 3 beta, but in the release notes (PDF), Nvidia says the drivers also offer "improved compatibility and performance" with Rage.

Update 10/4 11:43 AM: So, you might not want to actually use these new AMD drivers. Here's the skinny from the @CatalystCreator Twitter feed:

All - don't use the current Rage performance driver - package includes very old OGL files, that's why you're seeing corruption etc.

New Rage driver with proper OGL component will be posted later today

I guess that explains at least some of those bugs Radeon users have been running into.

Update 10/4 5:30 PM: The new driver is now available.

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