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ATI Catalyst 7.10 offers big CrossFire performance boost

Posted on Wednesday, October 10 2007 @ 23:12:41 CEST by

AMD send PC Perspective the new Catalyst 7.10 driver which will be released later this month. The firm claims this driver will offer a big boost in gaming performance in DX10.
Seriously though, after the publication of our review, AMD contacted me about an updated Catalyst driver, version 7.10, that I was told would dramatically change the results of our testing. Of course, I could have told them to go stick it, as the review reflected the status of AMD's GPU performance as of that date, and it did. But I knew that AMD deserved another chance at it, just as I constantly am getting new drivers from the green team (brighter green at least) throughout product launches and lifespans.

So, after receiving an early copy of the 7.10 "Shoot-em-up" driver as it somehow seems to have been named, I set out to spend my weekend doing some MORE graphics testing.
Check it out over here. The reviewer found that the improvements with a single card aren't really spectacular, but when you drop in a second card in CrossFire the performance boost is pretty big. Looks like CrossFire support is improving a bit:
In all of our games we saw notable improvements in the scaling of CrossFire and in some cases turned a negative performance gain into a strong positive one. In Bioshock we saw a 54% gain in CrossFire performance, in Company of Heroes we saw a 73% gain and in World of Conflict a 93% gain. The other two titles, Call of Juarez and Lost Planet, which already had CrossFire scaling with the 7.9 driver, still saw improvements of 9% and 20% respectively when tested with the new Catalyst 7.10 drivers.



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