ATI has released new Catalyst 6.4 drivers for its desktop Radeon graphics cards. The drivers improve standard definition image quality with ATI's Avivo video processing engine, and introduce a new video conversion utility for Windows Media Center Edition. The utility can convert video to MPEG-2, MPEG-4 SP, MPEG-4 AVC, and Windows Media formats. A number of performance increases are also on the menu for Radeon X1900-series graphics cards, with ATI claiming Half-Life 2 and Far Cry frame rates boosts of 3% and 3.8%, respectively. Call of Duty 2 apparently sees a 1.4-2% improvement with X1900- and X1800-series CrossFire setups, and Unreal Tournament 2004 performance is supposedly up by 3-5% on all X1000-series cards. Aside from the performance gains, the drivers also enable CrossFire AFR mode in The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, and fix a number of issues with Doom 3, Quake 4, Serious Sam SE, and several other applications. A complete list of fixes and enhancements is available in the driver release notes, which can be downloaded here.
The release notes don't tell the whole story, though. A quick peek inside the drivers' INF file shows an entry for an unannounced Radeon X1900 GT graphics card, giving further credence to a number of rumors that have been circulating this week.
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