Another month, another release

AMD has released a new set of ATI Catalyst drivers for its Radeon line of graphics cards and integrated chipsets. This brings the Catalyst drivers up to version 6.10. This release adds official support for previously released ATI Radeon X1950 XTX, X1650 Pro and X1300 XT graphics cards, but not the Radeon X1650 XT and Radeon X1950 Pro.

Owners of the recently released ATI Radeon X1950 Pro graphics cards will have to rely on bundled drivers, though ATI does offer the same drivers online. Last month's Catalyst drivers did not support the recently released Radeon X1950 XTX.

This release finally integrates ATI’s previously released Chuck patch that allows HDR and anti-aliasing support in Bethesda Softworks’ Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Performance improvements are also seen in CrossFire configurations based on Intel’s 965 chipsets. Gains are estimated at 6.7% to 15.8% in 3DMark06, 3DMark05 and 3DMark03. A couple issues in 3DMark06, Anarch-Online, Black & White 2: Battle of the Gods, Commandos Strike Force, Godfather, Serious Sam 2 and World of Warcraft are also resolved.

As with the last few Catalyst driver releases, only DirectX 9 class graphics cards are supported including:
  • Radeon® X1950 XTX
  • Radeon® X1900 series
  • Radeon® X1800 series
  • Radeon® X1600 series
  • Radeon® X1300 series
  • Radeon® X850 series
  • Radeon® X800 series
  • Radeon® X700 series
  • Radeon® X600 series
  • Radeon® X550 series
  • Radeon® X300 series
  • Radeon® 9800 series
  • Radeon® 9700 series
  • Radeon® 9600 series
  • Radeon® 9650 series
  • Radeon® 9550 series
  • Radeon® 9500 series
Catalyst 6.10 drivers are available for download from the AMD ATI website for Windows XP, Windows XP MCE and Windows XP Professional x64.

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