The Catalyst 10.3 drivers are really weird this month. What tends to happen is that we'll get the driver a few days before it goes up live on the ATI website. Once it goes live then we release our performance analysis comparing the latest version to the previous one.
This time around, though, it seems that ATI have ants in the pants and can't keep still because they chose to release a preview driver of the 10.3s which is essentially the driver you're going to see, except it’s non-WHQL. In saying that, the WHQL driver will miss Eyefinity 6 updates and an Alien vs. Predator optimization. We're sure the 10.4s will include those updates, though. Read more at TweakTown
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Re: ATI Catalyst 10.3 Windows 7 Driver Analysis by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 23 2010 @ 03:19:47 CET
Nice hardware, just drivers are their Achilles heel. But they've been climbing the mountain of improvement while Nvidia languishes in a lack of hardware innovation.
Fermi is HOT, LATE, and just not very impressive out of the gate. It lacks Displayport, which isn't everything, but it certainly dates a card as to how long it will last.
But back to AMD. Drivers, drivers, drivers. They have to really buckle down and just DO it. No more excuses. You've had a decade now to figure out how to write a good driver. The hardware has varied, and the OS's have varied, but along the way you should have learned how to write them. No more flickering. No more GSOD's. No more failure A lof drivers to correctly install or fail to overrwrite older files. No fancy driver dances should be required to do a successful install. Most of the world considers these things "basics". Only AMD still consider them "wishlist".
A lot of improvements are coming. It's time to make them the right way.
Reply by Anonymous on Thursday, March 25 2010 @ 03:45:51 CET
Well said that man! Or woman!
Yeah ... ATI drivers ..... arrrrgggghhhhh, do we NEED 500 files, ...... could we just have A DRIVER that works!
You click instatll, it asks you "do you want to update from 10.2 to 10.3"
You click "Yes Please" ...... and it updates the driver (OK, ... maybe you have to restart)
PLEASSSSSSE! (some of us have work to do out here)