- Hydravision - While ATI hasn't added any Hydravision features to Catalyst 3.8, they have offered a simplified version of the interface to help more mainstream users get the most of two screens easily.
- Uninstaller - Included by popular demand, ATI's new uninstaller will purge a system of any previous Catalyst drivers.
- Profiles - Catalyst 3.8 supports multiple profiles that will allow users to have a number of pre-defined image quality settings to switch between. A future Catalyst release will automatically launch application-specific profiles.
- Overdrive - The Catalyst 3.8 drivers can dynamically overclock Radeon 9600 and 9800 XT VPUs to improve performance. Overdrive automatically cranks up core clock speeds based on the VPU's temperature, which should improve performance on well-cooled graphics cards. Overdrive can be disabled, of course, and it will never run a VPU below its default clock speed.
- VPU recover - Ever had a graphics driver crash your entire PC? Never again; the Catalyst 3.8s are capable of resetting only the graphics core to recover from what could have caused a total system crash. The driver may be able to fully recover the system, or at the very least drop into a software rendering mode so the PC can be shut down properly. VPU recovery is apparently a requirement for Microsoft's upcoming "Longhorn" version of Windows.
Update: VPU recover isn't limited to the latest Radeon XTs; the crash recovery feature also works with older Radeons.