Arrivano i Catalyst 5.11
Come è ormai consuetudine per ATI, ecco anche questo mese arrivare i nuovi driver Catalyst 5.11 certificati WHQL. Questa è la prima versione rilasciata dall'azienda canadese e certificata Microsoft a supportare la nuova famiglia di processori grafici Radeon X1000.
Rispetto ai driver beta utilizzati nella nostra analisi velocistica sono state apportate interessanti migliorie, già anticipate nei driver Catalyst 5.10a, con i videogames facenti uso dell'API OpenGL. E' stata, inoltre, introdotta anche una nuova modalità dell'Adaptive Anti-Aliasing che, quindi, ora è disponibile per le schede Radeon X1000 in modalità Performance e Quality.
Segnaliamo, inoltre, anche la disponibilità di una nuova versione dei driver per Linux, la 8.19.10.
Il download delle versioni per sistemi operativi Windows è disponibile in locale, ai seguenti indirizzi:
Di seguito riportiamo una parte delle note rilasciate da ATI per i Catalyst 5.11.
As with most Catalyst ® releases, performance has increased in various situations.
The ATI Radeon® X1800 has massive gains in OpenGL when 4X Anti-aliasing is enabled. Increases include:
- Doom 3 performance improvement of up to 38%
- Quake 4 performance improvement of up to 60%
- Older OpenGL titles such as Quake 3, Arena, and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, have
performance improvements of up to 50%
The ATI Radeon® X1300 has a performance improvement of 10-15% in Quake 4.
The Vertex Shader has performance improvement of 3-5% across multiple products.
Issues Resolved in Catalyst® Software Suite 5.11
The following section provides a summary of the issues that have been resolved in the latest version of Catalyst ®. These include:
- 3DMark05 : Running the application under Windows XP MCE with CrossFire enabled no longer results in a warning message being displayed when closing the application
- Battlefield 2 : Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon® 9200/9250 series no longer results in the operating system failing to respond
- Call of Duty : Starting a single player game at any skill level no longer results in the operating system failing to respond when using an ATI Xpress 200 series product
- City of Heroes : Playing the game under Windows XP Media Center Edition no longer results in display corruption being notice when attempting to task-switch between the game and the desktop
- Doom3 Resurrection of Evil : Playing the game under Windows XP MCE with CrossFire enabled and Catalyst® A.I. disabled no longer results in scissor mode corruption being noticed
- Doom 3 Resurrection of Evil : Playing the game under Windows XP MCE with CrossFire enabled no longer results in ghosting effect being noticed
- FarCry : Installing the 1.32 patch for the game followed by changing the lighting quality no longer result in corruption being noticed when reaching a certain point in the game
- F.E.A.R .: Playing the game under Windows XP using an ATI Radeon X1800 no longer results in poor performance being noticed
- Max Payne 2 : Playing the game under Windows XP with CrossFire enabled no longer results in a loss of sync being noticed
- Neverwinter Nights : Installing the 1.66 patch along with Shadows of Undertide and Hordes add-ons no longer results in features of the game being missing when using an ATI Radeon® 9600 SE
- Quake 4 : The fire effect no longer becomes corrupt after using GLSL
- Serious Sam : Two directdraw samples are no longer displayed as a blank screen
- Windows Movie Maker : Inputting the video source from the S-Video connector, and using the application to capture from source, no longer results in the Windows 2000 operating system failing to respond once the capture is complete
- Wurm Online : The water reflection displayed within the game is now rendered properly
- Connecting a CRT and a TV no longer results in the TV not being automatically detected under Windows XP MCE when using an ATI Radeon® 9550/9600/9650 series
- Catalyst® Control Center: All the menu items in the Deinterlacing aspect page of the Catalyst® Control Center are now displayed when selecting Simplified Chinese as the supported language
- Catalyst® Control Center: Enabling East Asian language support no longer results in the Apply, Discard and Defaults buttons being invisible
- Vertical striping corruption is no longer noticed when running the Windows XP MCE TV when using an ATI All-in-Wonder X600 series
- Connecting a DVD player to the ATI All-in-Wonder X600 no longer results in the left and right audio channels being reversed when using the Windows XP MCE operating system
- Enabling CrossFire support on a system using three display device no longer results in corruption remaining on the secondary or third display devices when disabling the displays
- Water reflection textures are now displayed correctly when running ViewMarseille.bat found in the Use Debug Version of Direct3D
- Connecting an HDTV to an ATI Radeon® X800 CrossFire Edition no longer results in the HDTV being detected as a CRT monitor when the smart dongle switches are set to off
- The extended desktop display profile is now retained after switching between different user account in systems using an ATI Xpress 200 series and running the Windows XP operating system
- Using WinDVD to playback a DVD title while having the Catalyst® Control Center running, no longer results in the playback of the DVD pausing momentarily
- Vertical striping corruption is no longer noticed when running the Windows XP MCE TV when using an ATI All-in-Wonder X300/X600 series
- Connecting a DVD player to the VIVO connector no longer results in the video preview window failing to provide a preview when attempting to capture
- Connecting an HDTV as the only display device using the component video connector on an ATI Radeon X1300 no longer results in the display image shrinking when making changes to either AA or AF found in the 3D aspect page of the Catalyst® Control Center
- Creating a *.avi file under Windows XP MCE when using an ATI Radeon X800 series no longer results in the color of the captured file appearing corrupt during playback
- Connecting a display device to the DVI connector on systems containing an ATI Xpress 200 series no longer results in the display device failing to respond when attempting to resume from an S3 state
- Attempting to play a DVD using the ATI DVD player under Windows XP MCE with an Apple Cinema display device connected no longer results in a blank playback window