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A monthly release adds a little something special

AMD's graphics division has released ATI Catalyst 9.3 drivers with full support for Windows 7, including Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.1 compliance for ATI Radeon HD 4000, 3000, and 2000 series of graphics cards.

All future ATI Catalyst postings will deliver one single unified driver for both Windows 7 and Windows Vista, allowing Windows 7 beta testers the convenience of swapping back and forth between the two operating systems without the hassle of multiple drivers which may have differing builds.

Gaming performance has also been improved for Windows 7, increasing its lead over Windows Vista. Catalyst 9.3 supports the Direct2D API introduced in Windows 7, which could improve everything from ClearType text rendering to hardware-accelerated vector graphics. Improved Folding@Home scores are also promised for ATI Radeon HD 4000, 3000, and 2000 series of graphics cards.

AMD also noted that the Windows Vista HDMI audio driver is now automatically included in the ATI Catalyst 9.3 package, but will only be installed if the AMD graphics accelerator has an HDMI display connector and there is no 3rd party HDMI audio driver installed.

It does not feature support for DirectX 11 as there are no cards to support it. However, DirectX 11 is built using DirectX 10.1 as a foundation, which AMD has a lot of experience with. DX11 is expected to be a major focal point for game developers, riding on the popularity of the unreleased Windows 7 operating system. 64-bit gaming is also expected to increase, since the majority of Windows 7 shipments will be of the 64-bit variety.

Previous Catalyst releases this year have included OpenGL 3.0 support and a 20% improvement in Crysis.

ATI's Catalyst drivers are released monthly, with a focus on bug fixes and improved program compatibility. 64-bit drivers are also available for Windows. Catalyst drivers can be found here.



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RE: Good times
By rudolphna on 3/19/2009 10:13:15 AM , Rating: 1
Well that certainly wont really help people who are running Intel GMA graphics cards will it?


RE: Good times
By Silverel on 3/19/2009 10:52:06 AM , Rating: 5
No, not at all.

Why would you even bother posting something like that?

For the record, this will not help your nVidia, Matrox, SiS, or pre-2k ATI GPU's either. It also does not plant bananas, nor will it wash your dog. It might look good on your head, but we will all laugh at you. Software is also not food, do not eat it.

Got more stupid to lay down?


RE: Good times
By omnicronx on 3/19/2009 11:12:02 AM , Rating: 1
I think his point was how many people have a crappy CPU but a good GPU? People with underpowered CPU's likely have an underpowered GPU too, thus the GMA comment.


RE: Good times
By Silverel on 3/19/2009 11:54:05 AM , Rating: 3
The Intel GMA has nothing at all to do with AMD GPU's...almost.

Like less than nothing. In fact, some would go so far as to reason they are competing companies. If ANYTHING, it would be smart for AMD to release drivers that make GMA look bad in comparison. This roundabout way of thinking is the only thing I can see relating to Intel GMA from this article. It's a long long stretch, but if you insist on having it in the discussion, I can put it in easier terms.

ZOMG! AMD fuggzor pwnzez teh Intel GMA! Stoopid GMA can't haz the AMD Driverz~~!!!one1 one... ah. One.

Kay?


RE: Good times
By rudolphna on 3/19/2009 12:16:39 PM , Rating: 2
I was referring to Windows 7 offloading CPU load to the GPU. Nothing to do with the AMD driver at all. But, if people who have a crappy CPU that would need to offload, would likely have a bad GPU too. And if its an Intel system... its probably an Intel GMA graphics chip.


RE: Good times
By Silverel on 3/19/2009 2:37:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, it is something to do with the new drivers. Else I wouldn't have mentioned it.


RE: Good times
By omnicronx on 3/19/09, Rating: 0
RE: Good times
By Silverel on 3/19/2009 2:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
ATI wrote their drivers to fully utilize WDDI in the manner it was intended. This means that on ATI gear, you get the stated benefits.

It has nothing to do with anything else.

I acknowledge that WDDI has been around, this is a performance enhancement. All other GPU's need not apply.

Please stop trying to eat the software.


RE: Good times
By omnicronx on 3/19/2009 4:45:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
ATI wrote their drivers to fully utilize WDDI in the manner it was intended. This means that on ATI gear, you get the stated benefits.
Now I understand what you meant, you are talking about the addition of WDDM 1.1 support (and the addition of Hardware video overlay DDI, 2D accelerated GUI etc...)

But.. Nvidia has done exactly the same thing, so I still don't know where you are going with this. This is NOT limited to ATI. In fact I had Windows 7 beta WDDM 1.1 drivers when I first installed Windows 7 in January.


RE: Good times
By omnicronx on 3/19/2009 4:46:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
In fact I had Windows 7 beta WDDM 1.1 drivers when I first installed Windows 7 in January.
For my Nvidia card that is.


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