Recenzia: Catalyst 9.8 WHQL

, Autor: crux2005
Kapitoly článku
  1. Úvod
  2. Výsledky testov a záver
Augustový Catalyst má byť oficiálne vydaný až budúci týždeň, no všetci čo sa zastavili v AMD/ATi stánku na konajúcej sa QuakeCon, ho dostali dopredu. Bolo teda jasné, že Catalyst 9.8 WHQL bude leaknutý...

Úvod

Viac-menej oficiálne ho "leakol" Ian McNaughton na svojom blogu. Alternatívne si ho môžete stiahnuť zo stránky Computerbase.de alebo TechPowerUp.com. Ovládač je zatiaľ dostupný len vo verzii s Catalyst Control Centrom. V 64bit verzii pre Windows Vista/7 má okolo 62MB, o ~4MB viac ako posledný Catalyst. Znovu sú podporovaná len všetky "Direct3D 10 Radeon grafické karty" od Radeon HD 2000 série vyššie. Zachovaný ostal aj "nový" dizajn CCC, ktorý poznáme z Catalystu 9.7 WHQL. Číselné označenie ovládača je 8.640 a je datovaný na 14. júla 2009. Keďže ešte nie je možné oficiálne stiahnuť ovládač z game.amd.com, nie sú dostupné ani kompletné Release Notes. Ich časť však zverejnila internetová stránka pcper.com.




Časť Release Notes:

This month we are seeing a massive performance increase with a whole host of games as compared to the ATI Catalyst 9.7 driver. Detailed release notes are available for most of the game optimizations; here are the highlights:
  • Battleforge DirectX 10/DirectX 10.1 performance improves of up to 50% with the largest gains in configurations using ATI CrossFireX technology.
  • Company of Heroes DirectX 10 performance improves of up to 77%.
  • Crysis DirectX 10 performance of ATI CrossFireX technology in dual mode improves of up to 10% and quad mode performance improves of up to 34%.
  • Crysis Warhead DirectX 10 performance of ATI CrossFireX technology in dual mode improves of up to 7% and quad mode performance improves of up to 69%.
  • Far Cry 2 DirectX 10 performance of ATI CrossFireX technology in dual mode improves of up to 50% and quad mode performance improves of up to 88%.
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. DirectX 10/DirectX 10.1 performance of ATI CrossFireX technology in dual mode improves of up to 40% and with quad mode performance improving of up to 60%.
  • UnigineTropics OpenGL performance improvements of up to 20%.
  • UnigineTropics DirectX 10 performance of ATI CrossFireX technology in quad mode improvements of up to 20%.
  • World in Conflict DirectX 10 performance improvements of up to by 10%.
It´s fitting that last weekend AMD was in attendance at Quakecon 2009 in Dallas,Texas where the world´s most prolific OpenGLsupporters gathered for 4 days of ´peace, love and rockets,´that we are announcing support for OpenGL 3.1 and the following details:
  • This release of the ATI Catalyst driver provides OpenGL 3.1 extension support. The following is a list of OpenGL 3.1 features and extensions added in ATI Catalyst 9.8:
  • Support for OpenGL Shading Language 1.30 and 1.40.
  • Instanced rendering with a per-instance counter accessible to vertex shaders (GL ARB draw instanced).
  • Data copying between buffer objects (GL EXT copy buffer).
  • Primitive restart (NV primitive restart). Because client enable/disable no longer exists in OpenGL 3.1, the PRIMITIVE RESTART state has become server state, unlike the Nvidia extension where it is client state. As a result, the numeric values assigned to PRIMITIVE RESTART and PRIMITIVE RESTART INDEX differ from the NV versions of those tokens. o At least 16 texture image units must be accessible to vertex shaders, in addition to the 16 already guaranteed to be accessible to fragment shaders.
  • Texture buffer objects (GL ARB texture buffer object). 
  • Rectangular textures (GL ARB texture rectangle). o Uniform buffer objects (GL ARB uniform buffer object).
  • SNORM texture component formats.
And last but surely not least, my favorite community: ATI Catalyst™ 9.8 driver for Linux! Support for new Linux operating systems.
  • This release of ATI Catalyst driver for Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems:
  • RHEL 4.8 production support
  • Ubuntu 9.04 production support
  • ATI Catalyst Control Center - Linux Edition support for RandR 1.2 This release of the ATI Catalyst driver for Linux introduces ATI Catalyst Control Center - Linux Edition support for the RandR 1.2 extension API. The following new features are now available in the ATI Catalyst
  • Control Center - Linux Edition Display Manager:
  • Display rotation
  • Multiple display arrangement and desktop sizing




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