Catalyst 8.5 disponibili per il download
AMD ha rilasciato la versione 8.5 dei propri driver Catalyst per schede video della serie ATI Radeon, disponibili in versione per sistemi operativi Windows XP e Windows Vista sia a 32bit che a 64bit di codice. Tra le funzionalità implementate segnaliamo l'inserimento dell'Adaptive Anti Aliasing anche con applicazioni OpenGL, funzionalità disponibile per le schede video delle famiglie Radeon HD 3000, Radeon HD 2000 e Radeon X1000.
Il download dei nuovi driver è disponibile in locale dalla sezione software di Hardware Upgrade, ai seguenti indirizzi:
Di seguito alcune delle note fornite in dotazione con i driver:
Highlights of the Catalyst 8.5 Windows release include:
- Call of Juarez DX10 Performance increases up to 12% on the ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series of products
- Lost Planet DX10 Performance increases from 5% to 35% on the ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series of products.
- World in Conflict DX10 Performance increases up to 25% on the ATI Radeon HD 3600 and ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products. Even greater gains are seen on the ATI Radeon HD 3870X2.
- Stalker DX9 Performance increases by 20-50% when HDR is enabled in the game; across the ATI Radeon 3800 Series of products.
- Halo Performance increases by 10-30% across all ATI Radeon graphics products.
New display mode support
- This release of Catalyst introduces a number of display mode enhancements for the ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series, and ATI Radeon X1000 Series of products (configuration of these settings are adjusted in the Catalyst Control Center):
- SECAM TV-out support
- 1080p24 mode support
- 1080p Custom mode support for HDTVs (that support 60 Hz display modes) users can configure their own custom 1080p modes to best fit their display.
Adaptive Anti-Aliasing OpenGL support
- This release of Catalyst introduces Adaptive Anti-Aliasing support for OpenGL applications for the ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series, and ATI Radeon X1000 Series of products. Adaptive Anti-Aliasing substantially improves image quality by anti-aliasing transparent textures.
HDMI Audio for non-standard TV modes
- This release of Catalyst introduces support for HDMI Audio for all TV timing modes and non-standard (CEA 861b) TV modes. A dialog box will be shown to users when a non-standard TV mode is selected, asking if they would like to use HDMI Audio (in certain situations HDMI audio can get out of sync when running on a non-standard TV mode).
Windows XP Service Pack 3 support
- This release of Catalyst introduces WHQL certified support for Microsofts Windows XP Service Pack 3 update for all ATI Radeon Series products.
Resolved Issue highlights
- Clive Barker's Jericho: Corruption is no longer noticed when playing the game on a system containing an ATI Radeon HD 38x0 series of product and running the Windows Vista operating system.
- Crysis: Flickering shadow corruption no longer occurs in hallways of the ship when CrossFire is enabled.
- Gears of War: Launching the game under the 64 bit version of Windows Vista no longer results in momentary corruption of the desktop.
- Enemy Territory Quake Wars: Launch the game demo on a system containing an ATI Radeon X11x0 series of product and running the Windows Vista operating system no longer results in the operating system failing to respond.
- Hellgate: London: Flickering is no longer noticed when quitting and then relaunching the game when the in-game setting are set to their maximum levels.
- Stranglehold: The game no longer fails to load on systems running the Windows Vista operating system with default values enabled.
- Tabula Rasa: Setting the graphics option to enable Deferred Lighting and Dynamic Shadows no longer results in corruption being displayed.
- Team Fortress 2: Enabling CrossFire and playing the game on a system running Windows Vista no longer results in corruption being noticed.
- Tomb Raider Anniversary: Performance improvement is now noticed when playing the game with CrossFire enabled.
Highlights of the Linux Catalyst 8.5 release include:
Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition new 3D settings
- This release of the ATI Catalyst Linux driver introduces new Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition 3D settings for the ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series and ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series users. Linux users can now adjust the following 3D settings:
- Catalyst AI
- Mipmap detail level
- Custom AA filters
- Support for video playback on the second head in dual head mode is now available.
- Unresolved symbols in Xorg log under RHEL 4u6 32 and 64 bit no longer occur.
- The desktop background color is no longer displayed incorrectly when using xcommgr.
Change VTno longer fails when kernel module is not loaded.
- Switching to the virtual terminal multiple times no longer results in X displaying corruption.
- Catalyst Control
Center: The Preference page is now localized for all supported languages.
- The Linux kernel module is no longer installed to wrong location if the Linux kernel is updated.
- Random system hangs no longer occur when calls to the ATI driver are made from Ring3.
- X window no longer fails to respond when GoogleEarth is maximized.
- A segmentation fault no longer occurs when running SPECViewperf on systems containing an ATI FireGL V5100 series product and running SUSE 10.3 x86.
- Enabling Composite extension no longer displays 8x AA for graphic cards that do not support 8x AA under the Ubuntu 7.10 operating system.
- Display corruption is no longer noticed at logon when compiz is enabled.
- Launching the glxgears application no longer results in segmentation faults.
- GoogleEarth: Launching the application in horizontal mode on a system running X no longer results in corruption being noticed.
- Specviewperf 8.1 64 bit version: Segmentation faults no longer occurs on IGP systems.
- Maya 2008: Moving the render window no longer results in the operating system failing.
- Glxgears corruption is no longer noticed in big desktop mode.