Catalyst 5.7 drivers promise more performance


— 12:41 PM on July 14, 2005

ATI has done its monthly driver drop with Catalyst 5.7, and this time around, they're claiming some eye-popping performance gains in memory-limited situations:

Enhancements to our driver's internal memory management bring significant benefits to 64MB and 128MB framebuffer configurations in Catalystâ„¢ 5.7.

The resulting performance gains are most apparent in high resolution, everything on modes, when running applications that use a significant amount of graphics memory. Examples include:

  • 5-15% gains in 3DMark05 on some products
  • 20-60% gain in Far Cry Regulator across multiple settings
  • 25-60% gains in Half-Life 2 at 1600x1200 4xAA 8xAF
  • 40-60% gains in UT2004 at 1600x1200 6xAA 16xAF
  • 50-100% improvement in Comanche4 at 1600x1200 6xAA 16xAF
  • 50-200% gains in certain ShaderMark tests at high resolution
The drivers also now include the ability to drive a 1080p display. You can grab 'em from ATI's site.
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