ATI's AVIVO Technology, Part Deux - CATALYST 5.13

Posted on Sunday, December 18 2005 @ 3:01 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Last week in London, ATI gathered members of the press to show off what will be ATI's final driver release of 2005 - CATALYST 5.13. The name of the game with this driver set is improvements and additions to ATI's video processing abilities, in line with their AVIVO technology. Elite Bastards was there to take a look at what was on show.

Releasing a driver with working H.264 acceleration has been another story however - Until now. CATALYST 5.13 is the first ATI driver to support hardware assisted H.264 playback for all of the Radeon X1000 series. The only caveat of this support is that the level of High Definition playback your system will be capable of running smoothly will be largely dependant on what member of the Radeon X1000 series is sat inside your PC. ATI's recommendation is that the X1300 is suitable for 480p and 576p playback and the Radeon X1600 720p playback, with only high-end Radeon X1800 boards having sufficient processing power to cope with full-on 1080i and 1080p High Definition content. This may come as something of a disappointment to anyone who has bought a lower-end X1000-based board in the hope of playing 1920x1080 H.264 content, but sadly it's a simply case of logistics - The higher the video quality, the more pixel pushing power is required to accelerate it.

Check it out over at EliteBastards.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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