Catalyst Drivers Drop Early

AMD seems to be trying to really please the troops these days with the releases of drivers for their video card lines. The latest Catalyst drivers are available early, in honor of QuakeCon, instead of making the faithful wait until Monday.

from Tech Connect

As promised, AMD has brought the Catalyst 9.8 drivers at QuakeCon and delivered them three days ahead of the ‘official schedule’. Set to become available on game.amd.com on Monday, the Catalyst 9.8 comes with support for the Radeon HD 2000, HD 3000 and HD 4000 series cards, provides OpenGL 3.1 extension support, and features the following performance updates:

– Battleforge DirectX 10/DirectX 10.1 performance improves of up to 50% with the largest gains in configurations using ATI CrossFireX technology.
– Company of Heroes DirectX 10 performance improves of up to 77%.
– Crysis DirectX 10 performance of ATI CrossFireX technology in dual mode improves of up to 10% and quad mode performance improves of up to 34%.
– Crysis Warhead DirectX 10 performance of ATI CrossFireX technology in dual mode improves of up to 7% and quad mode performance improves of up to 69%.
– Far Cry 2 DirectX 10 performance of ATI CrossFireX technology in dual mode improves of up to 50% and quad mode performance improves of up to 88%.
– Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. DirectX 10/DirectX 10.1 performance of ATI CrossFireX technology in dual mode improves of up to 40% and with quad mode performance improving of up to 60%.
– UnigineTropics OpenGL performance improvements of up to 20%.
– UnigineTropics DirectX 10 performance of ATI CrossFireX technology in quad mode improvements of up to 20%.
– World in Conflict DirectX 10 performance improvements of up to by 10%.

To download Catalyst 9.8 simply follow the links below.

Catalyst 9.8 (Windows XP 32bit)

Catalyst 9.8 (Windows XP 64bit)

Catalyst 9.8 (Windows Vista/7 32bit)

Catalyst 9.8 (Windows Vista/7 64bit)

This is great for people like my son, who are heavily into gaming. For those of us who wish that ATi/AMD would work a little harder on things a bit more mundane, like consistent presentation across different platforms, may I suggest a note to the company, well stated, with details, and no venom.

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