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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: Does anyone else..
By omnicronx on 3/19/2009 10:50:37 AM , Rating: 4
Well if someone knew what they were talking about, they would know that Windows Update only provides the display driver itself. If you want the software, in this case CCC or the HDMI driver, you need to go the the manufacturer. Furthermore if you want the latest and greatest, the manufacturer will always be the best place to get it.

It would not be in Microsoft's best interests to start installing 3rd party software via Windows update, so I am not too sure what you point is.


RE: Does anyone else..
By omnicronx on 3/19/2009 10:58:21 AM , Rating: 2
P.S Other platforms are years behind in driver updates, I find that in terms of video drivers, Windows update is more up to date than OSX and any Linux distro I have ever tried.


RE: Does anyone else..
By bebesito21 on 3/19/2009 11:20:45 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, M$ does install drivers that are WHQL certified. You can get NVIDIA drivers through Windows Update. Microsoft is pushing to make Windows 7 as autonomous as possible so if ATI can pass their testing, I bet their drivers will be auto updated by windows as well.


RE: Does anyone else..
By omnicronx on 3/19/2009 12:49:49 PM , Rating: 2
As I already stated, its only the driver. Microsoft does not support third party software downloads via Windows update, nor should they.


RE: Does anyone else..
By overzealot on 4/2/2009 4:51:16 AM , Rating: 2
The average user won't touch CCC, if it's installed.
The advanced user won't install CCC, if they can help it.
I see it as a win-win


RE: Does anyone else..
By aftlizard on 3/19/2009 12:59:55 PM , Rating: 1
Since you were so nice let me provide for you a quick and dirty basic reading comprehension lesson.

If you had read what I wrote more closely you would have noticed the conjunction "if" .That word when used in conjunction with the auxiliary function "would" became a postulation or wish stating a desirable outcome.


RE: Does anyone else..
By omnicronx on 3/19/2009 1:25:18 PM , Rating: 1
If Ati and Nvidia drivers were not already available via Windows Update then perhaps you would have a point.

I also covered my bases noting that it would not be a smart idea for Microsoft to package any third party software via Windows update. So either way, your comment has no merit, although I do commend your spelling and grammar skills ;)


RE: Does anyone else..
By aftlizard on 3/19/2009 2:25:03 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe I am wrong but I thought the argument was over ATI catalyst package. Sure you can get the drivers but if you want full control and functionality you have to go to ATI and download the catalyst control center.


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