ATI Catalyst 10.3a Preview drivers Boost gaming performance

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As promised last month, ATI has released a preview (read: beta) version of this month’s Catalyst driver suite which adds a couple of features to the Radeon 5000 lineup as well as increase game performance for Radeon 4000 and Radeon 5000 series of graphic cards. The actual enhancements vary by title, but can go up to an increase of about 30% in a few titles.

These new drivers couldn’t come any sooner as NVIDIA is just about to roll out its Fermi based GeForce 400 lineup next week. That’s one way of putting strain of the competition without making any changes on the hardware. The drivers are currently in beta stage though I haven’t run into any problems with them on my PC yet. Head on over to AMD if you want to try the drivers for yourself. Here’s the list of titles that currently benefit from the optimizations in the drivers.

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ATI Catalyst Control Center – ATI Eyefinity technology enhancements:

  • Display Bezel Compensation
    • Easy-to-use wizard  shows users how to adjust their display layout to remove the pixels occupied by their display bezels
  • Per-Display Color Adjust
    • Individual Color, Brightness and Contrast controls
  • Multiple ATI Eyefinity Groups
    • Create more than one ATI Eyefinity group from multiple displays
  • Improved Display Configuration switching
    • Support for ATI Eyefinity groups and the ATI Catalyst™ Control Center profile manager
  • Easy to toggle between cloned and extended desktop modes

ATI Catalyst™ support for 3D Stereoscopic glasses

  • AMD has updated its Direct3D (Quad buffer support) driver to enable 3rd party middleware vendors such as iZ3D to output stereo L/R images at 120 Hz (60 Hz per eye)
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Application performance enhancements:

  • 3DMark Vantage
    • Overall scores increase by up to 8% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
    • Overall scores increase by up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products and up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
  • Aliens vs. Predator
    • Overall performance increases 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
  • Battleforge
    • Improves up to 8% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    • Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
  • Call of Duty: World at War
    • Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
    • Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
  • Company of Heroes
    • Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    • Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
  • Crysis and Crysis Warhead
    • Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    • Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
  • Devil May Cry 4
    • Improves up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    • Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
  • DiRT 2
    • Improves up to 30% on ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
    • Improves up to 20% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series and ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
    • Improves up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
  • Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
    • Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
    • Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
    • Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
  • Far Cry 2
    • Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    • Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
  • Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2
    • Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Call of Pripyat Benchmark
    • Improves up to 10% with Anti-Aliasing enabled on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Clear Sky
    • Improves up to 2% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
    • Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
  • Resident Evil 5
    • Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    • Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.
    • Improves up to 15% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
    • Improves up to 20% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products and ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
    • Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
  • Unigine Tropics
    • Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
  • World in Conflict
    • Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
    • Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
    • Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
  • Wolfenstein
    • Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    • Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products
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