ATI Catalyst 8.6 drivers boost performance

Posted on Wednesday, Jun 18 2008 @ 22:39 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AMD has released the ATI Catalyst 8.6 drivers, you can grab them over here. Catalyst 8.6 brings triple and quad CrossFire support for OpenGL games, custom adaptive AA filters in OpenGL games and performance enhancements in several games and benchmarks.
  • 3DMark Vantage:10 to 15% gains across all Radeon™ HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products, with larger gains in specific cases.
  • Call of Duty 4: Performance increases across all Radeon™ HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products, with gains as large as 35% in specific maps.
  • Call of Juarez DX10: Performance increases between 2 and 9% across all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products
  • Company of Heroes (DX10 version): Performance increases between 4 and 10% across HD 36xx and HD 34xx products.
  • Lost Planet (DX10 version): Performance increases by 1 or 2 fps across all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products, creating in some cases up to 20% increase.
  • Lost Planet (DX9 version): Performance increases between 2 and 20% across all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products
  • Prey OpenGL: 3-5% gains across HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products.
  • Quake 4 OpenGL: Up to 8% increase across all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products.
  • Shadermark 2.1: Minor improvements across all HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products, with the largest gains appearing on HD 3650 (up to 9%)
  • ViewPerf 10: Substantial performance improvements across several of the sub-tests, with the largest gains in ugnx (up to 55%), catia (up to 17%) and tcvis (up to 10%) across all of the HD 3xxx and HD 2xxx products.


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