ATI rilascia driver Catalyst 4.2

ATI rilascia driver Catalyst 4.2

Il produttore canadese rende disponibile una versione aggiornata dei driver Catalyst per schede video Radeon

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ATI ha ufficialmente rilasciato una nuova versione di driver Catalyst, release 4.2, per le proprie schede video basate su chip della famiglia Radeon.
I driver sono disponibili per il download dalla sezione software di Hardware Upgrade, ai seguenti indirizzi:

- Driver Catalyst 4.2 per sistemi operativi Windows 2000 e Windows XP;
- Driver Catalyst 4.2 per sistemi operativi Windows 9X e Windows ME.


Di seguito sono riportate le note fornite da ATI assieme ai nuovi driver:

Component Video Output Enhancement:
The latest ATI software driver now allows the user the choice of using panning mode or a center-timing mode in which the image would appear in the center of the TV screen when using the Component Video output on an HDTV display. This option is found in the ATI Control Panel and is supported under the Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows ME operating systems. This feature is available on the ATI RADEON™ 8500 and higher class of products

Direct3D Setting Enhancement:
Previous versions of the ATI display driver required the monitor going blank for up to 8 seconds when applying Direct3D settings. The latest ATI software driver for the RADEON™ 9500 and higher class of products now allows for the Direct3D setting to be applied without the monitor's display going blank

Performance Improvements:
As with most CATALYST™ releases performance has increased in various situations. This release of CATALYST™ provides performance gains to the ATI DX8 product family. These products include the RADEON™ 9200, 9000, and 8500 series. Performance gains are noticed throughout the following software:

  • Framerates in Unreal Tournament 2003 are up by as much as 15%
  • A performance gain of between 5 and 10% is noticed in Aquamark3
  • A performance gain of between 2-3% is noticed in ShaderMark scores
  • Framerates in Halo are up 3 to 4%
  • A performance improvement of 2% is noticed in Tomb Raider

Issues Resolved in CATALYST™ Version 4.2:
The following section provides a summary of the issues that have been resolved in the latest release of CATALYST™ 4.2. These include:

  • Resolved Application Issues
  • Resolved Benchmark Issues
  • Resolved CATALYST™ Driver Issues
  • Resolved Game Issues

Resolved Application Issues:
This section provides information on application issues that have been resolved in the latest release of CATALYST™. These include the following:

  • Running Celestia under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON™ 8500 series or RADEON™ 9100 series installed no longer results in a slow down of the performance
  • Enabling extended desktop mode with the display set to 1600x1200 and running Inventor 8 no longer results in display corruption when loading a sample

Resolved Benchmark Issues:
This section provides information on benchmark issues that have been resolved in the latest release of CATALYST™. These include the following:

  • Performance losses noticed in Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory with the previous CATALYST™ display driver have been resolved in this release of CATALYST™

Resolved CATALYST™ Driver Issues:
This section provides information on CATALYST™ driver issues that have been resolved in the latest release of CATALYST™. These include the following:

  • Logging on as an Administrator under Windows XP and doing a fast user switch to limited user no longer results in display corruption when playing a DVD using WinDVD version 4 or 5
  • User defined colour setting are now retained when exiting a 3D game or application
  • The ATI Control Panel no longer fails to launch when attempting to enter the Advanced options of the primary display adapter after disabling extended desktop support
  • The Cancel button found in the ATI 3D tab is now working properly when switching between a user defined profile and the default setting
  • Enabling the CRT as the primary display and turning the TV off in the Display page no longer results in a general protection fault under Windows ME
  • The Anisotropic Filtering custom setting is now retained under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON™ 7200 installed
  • The D3D panel now retains the user defined AA/AF setting under Windows XP when a RADEON™ 8500 series is installed and the main setting is set to High Quality

Resolved Game Issues:
This section provides information on game issues that have been resolved in the latest release of CATALYST™. These include the following:

  • Launching the game Tron 2.0 under Windows XP no longer results in the game failing to respond after the game introduction is loaded
  • Launching the game Line of Sight: Vietnam and setting the graphics option to 800x600 16bpp no longer results in the game failing to respond when selecting a new game
  • Running the game Armed and Dangerous under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON™ 9200 series installed no longer results in the display image appearing corrupted when selecting Storm the Base mission in the game
  • The game Half-Life is now displayed properly under Windows XP when the game resolution is set to either 320x240 or 400x300
  • Playing the game Serious Sam 2 under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON& 9500/9800 series installed no longer results in the game failing to run when the game option is set to OpenGL
  • Playing the game Unreal Tournament 2003 under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON™ 9600 series installed no longer results in texture corruption being displayed on the flag surfaces in the DM-Tokara Forest
  • Selecting the Optimum Quality setting in D3D control panel no longer results in a frozen frame when launching the game HALO
  • Setting the resolution in the game SpyHunter to 1280x1024 along with having the Use Recommended Settings slider set to balanced in the ATI 3D tab no longer results in some background images being missing while the game is loading
  • Setting the display option to 640x480 or 800x600 in the game Splinter Cell no longer results in the game menu flickering
  • Returning to the main menu in the game Counter-Strike no longer results in the game's refresh rate reverting back to 60Hz when resuming game play

Known Issues:
The following section provides a brief description of known issues associated with the latest version of CATALYST™. These include the following:

  • Playing the game Nascar 2003 with the display resolution set to 1280x1024 32bpp results in display corruption being seen. This issue will be resolved in an upcoming CATALYST™ release. Further information on this issue can be found at: www.ati.com/support/infobase/4388.html
  • Setting the video resolution to 1280x1024 in the game Medal of Honor: Spearhead, along with Anti-Aliasing set to 2x results in the main menu of the game not displaying properly. This issue is known to occur under Windows 9x with an ATI RADEON™ 9200 series installed. This issue is resolved in the next release of CATALYST™. Further information on this issue can be found at: www.ati.com/support/infobase/4355.html
  • The demo movie Worms 3D randomly fails to properly play. Launching the movie may result in sound only being heard with no display. This issue is known to occur under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON™ 9800 series card installed. Further information on this issue can be found at: http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/4405.html
  • Display corruption is noticed when playing the game Aquanox under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON™ 9100 IGP series installed. This issue is known to occur when specific video options have been customized. Further information on this issue can be found at: http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/4404.html
  • unning the game Hegemonia under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON™ 8500 series installed results in all of the main menu options and the 3D textures in the background not being available. Further information on this issue can be found at: http://www.ati.com/support/infobase/4402.html

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47 Commenti
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CapodelMondo13 Febbraio 2004, 09:40 #1
Pensate che bello..tra poco mi arriva una 9800pro pagata 250 e la festeggio subito con i nuovi driver...bene. POi vedremo se unreal va davvero il 15% + veloce
Silvia13 Febbraio 2004, 09:58 #2

solo schede DX8?

il guadagno sembrerebbe dosponibile solo per le schede dx8...
marck7713 Febbraio 2004, 09:58 #3
il più 15% di Unreal vale solo per "RADEON™ 9200, 9000, and 8500 series", le schede DX9 (da 9500 in su) non ne beneficiano.
xpiuma13 Febbraio 2004, 10:01 #4
Peccato CapodelMondo che il 15% di incremento si ha su schede DX8 come le 9200-9000 e 8500, sulla tua 9800PRO dovrai accontentarti di circa 200 frames, non di più...

Comunque questi driver mi piacciono!!
Risolvono gli unici problemi che ho: Serious Sam 2 ogni tanto crasha in OpenGL, e quando cambio impostazioni D3D ci mette qualche secondo ad applicarle.

Come al solito li proverò subito, e tra una settimanina sicuramente gli OMEGA (i cata hanno sempre avuto qualche problema a riabilitare le mie 4 pipe "castrate" poi valuterò...
blubrando13 Febbraio 2004, 10:20 #5
ho avuto un po' di incremento di prestazioni col 3dmacio 2001 ma non so di quanto perchè proprio ieri ho taroccato il registro di winzozz per fargli sfruttare meglio la cache l2 di sistema... e mo vai a sapere...
fleming7613 Febbraio 2004, 10:46 #6

NFSU

Speriamo che saranno risolti i problemi di scatti e rallentamenti con need for speed underground. ;-)
BlackBug13 Febbraio 2004, 10:53 #7

Nfsu

No problem...ma io ho la 9800 tuned by Marco(cioè io)424/760...li scarico testo e vi dico...
pinius13 Febbraio 2004, 11:14 #8
ma vale la pena metterli su anche per la 9700?? non vedo nessuna nuova specifica!!
Cmq fatemi sapere ... se hanno + stabilità disinstallo 4.1 e piazzo questi!!
pinius13 Febbraio 2004, 11:16 #9
Domanda anche se banale:
Ma la differenza tra driver 3.10 e driver catalist 4.2 ??
nello specifico quali sono le differenze e cosa serve l'uno e l'altro??
Posso coesistere o dove vi è l'uno non c'è l'altro?

grazie
RadeonDexter13 Febbraio 2004, 11:24 #10
Ke figata !!!!la 8500 è del 2001 e ne incrementano le prestazioni ancora adesso !!!!

i catalyst sono diventati veramente fenomenali !!!

Ciauz !

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