H.264 Hardware Acceleration
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Catalyst 5.13 software suite introduces H.264
hardware acceleration for the ATI Radeon X1800, X1600, and X1300 product line.
H.264 is advanced video coding that provides significant reduction in bit-rate
compared to standards such as MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. The ATI Radeon X1800, X1600,
and X1300 products provide hardware acceleration for the playback of
high-definition content that is encoded using H.264. Using the Catalyst software
suite 5.13, along with the Cyberlink H.264 decoder available from http://www.ati.com/technology/h264.html
provides H.264 hardware acceleration.
ATI CrossFire Support for the ATI
ATI CrossFire allows for multiple Graphics
Processing Units (GPUs) to be placed within a single PC, to provide superior
gaming performance. The Catalyst 5.13 software suite is the first Catalyst to
provide ATI CrossFire support. CrossFire support is available when an ATI Radeon
X1800 CrossFire Edition product is installed with another Radeon X1800 product.
Further information on ATI CrossFire can be found at: http://www.ati.com/technology/crossfire/faq.html
HQV Video Benchmark Support
The Catalyst software suite 5.13 introduces
full support for the HQV DVD Benchmark. These driver tweaks provide a better DVD
image quality, and higher benchmark scores.