AMD send out a press release that claims its ATI Catalyst 10.6 drivers deliver up to 48 percent better graphics quality when comparing a Radeon HD 5450 with NVIDIA's G210 discrete graphics card, and that the ATI Radeon HD 4200 IGP delivers up to 87 percent better image quality than Intel's GMA X4500.
Every minute, more than 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube indicating that image quality is an increasingly important part of the PC experience. With this in mind, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced improvements to its ATI Catalyst™ 10.6 driver suite that further strengthen the company's leadership position in image quality as measured by the HQV® Benchmark, Version 2.0. AMD scored 48 percent better than the competition in discrete graphics and up to 87 percent better than the competition in integrated graphics2 In addition, AMD supports the newly released Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 technology for more seamless video playback from popular online video sites.
"Through advancements in AMD hardware and software, we are helping people have a richer online experience," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Division. "Whether you plan to stream games during the world soccer event, watch last night's episode of your favorite show or play online video games, having the right hardware and software can make a big difference in achieving the best possible image quality."
HQV® Benchmark, Version 2.0
HQV® Benchmark, Version 2.0, is a collection of short videos, each presenting a hardware-intensive video playback scenario. The reviewer is prompted to evaluate the success with which the video processor under load handles various video artifacts which may appear in the scene. Unlike 3D performance, where frame rate is the benchmark, video performance in HQV 2.0 is focused on gauging image quality and how often that quality is degraded by visual artifacts or other issues. HQV Benchmark version 2.0 provides a useful means to closely evaluate Blu-ray™ and DVD performance.
In HQV Benchmark, Version 2.0, AMD graphics hardware achieved significantly higher scores relative to graphics hardware from competitors. Additionally, features introduced in the newly released ATI Catalyst 10.6 driver further enhanced the image quality of AMD graphics products and increased the overall score of AMD discrete and integrated graphics products in HQV Benchmark, Version 2.0.