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Catalyst 10.3 previewed, full release coming next week

By Matthew
Mar 18, 2010
  1. AMD has announced a pre-release version of Catalyst 10.3, along with details about what to expect in the latest revision. The new driver brings a host of performance enhancements to over a dozen of today's most popular games, including Aliens vs. Predator, Call of Duty: World at War, Company of Heroes, Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead 1 and 2, Resident Evil 5, World in Conflict, Wolfenstein, and many more.

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  2. CodePhoeniX

    CodePhoeniX TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Wow, some of those games have a big improvement.
    Sadly I don't play any of them regularly.
    I think ill wait until the 24th though.

    Seems like ATI is starting to release updates more frequently.
     
  3. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 145

    I like these updates, I probably honestly won't notice any improvement with my HD 4770. :(
     
  4. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Sorry to say that I don't think AMD had the HD 4770 in mind with this driver revision.
    If I was speculating then I'd say AMD obviously know that nVidia have been benchmarking their own upcoming cards against the HD5xxx series, and the final power/performance ratio (clocks versus TDP) for them is probably based on how the AMD cards perform. Having the most comprehensive increase in overall driver performance seen for some considerable time is likely to take the wind out of nVidia's benchmarks over the coming week/s.

    So, all-in-all, very fortuitous timing for AMD.
     
  5. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 78

    Nice, my 4870 goes quite a bit faster when this is released, if my CPU doesn't bottleneck it. And, I'll be able to use stereographic glasses.
     
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    true D, however this is the epitome of competition. when Nvidia starts releasing the 4xx mid range/lower range cards, AMD will improve the drivers for yodas 4770 and the like.....I hope.
     
  7. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    Not too bad a performance bump, considering that I just changed my graphic card ;) However, I'll rather wait till they bring out the WHQL certified drivers before giving them a try.

    And DBZ, if my memory serves me well thats what nVidia does as well, probably this time around its their turn to be on bit of receiving end.
     
  8. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,929   +186

    "ATI Catalystâ„¢ Mobility - monthly updates for the mobile crowd"

    The biggest feature IMO is the support for Mobility graphics cards
    So that Vista and Win7 users no longer will have to rely on the Driverheavens ATI Mobility Modder incase their laptop manufacturer do not update the drivers for their laptop (which seems to be like 99% of all laptop manufacturers!)

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3743&p=5
     
  9. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Hopefully the driver release benefits all cards, to one degree or another. Hopefully the driver release notes are just highlighting the new series and the performance cards of the last.

    I'm hoping that the sudden driver improvement is just a fortuitous co-incidence with the GTX470/480 release.
    >>>Cynic hat on
    If this isn't the case (and can't be proven anyhow) then it means AMD have been content to sandbag the last few driver updates on the performance front for the sake of their cat-and-mouse game with nVidia.

    @Archean
    Very true, nVidia's marketing record isn't the model of proprietry that it could/should be. But does that mean AMD gets a free pass for using the same tactics - assuming that this is the case.
    After Richard Huddy's "bribery rant/AMD are also going to throw money at game devs just like TWIMTBP" at the GDC it just looks like a case of mixing red and green turns the palette a lovely shade of bullsh*t brown.
    >>>Cynic hat off.
     
  10. rajmond

    rajmond TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Good to hear this! I have a ATI Radeon HD 4800 and it will ipmrove the performance of my graphic!
     
  11. buendia

    buendia TS Rookie Posts: 29

    I'm hoping that they would keep their word and regurarly support mobile graphic cards :)
     
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    I agree, but that is the problem I see everywhere now, i.e. lack of 'ethics in business practices'. I remember, wasting a whole marketing class (during MBA) with an argument about unethical dimension of not telling 'faults/shortcomings' of one's product to its customer. For me, its blatant dishonesty, however, the way capitalism works its just good business because you are not misleading someone by not telling anything.
     
  13. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    Business ethics = oxymoron for the day. They're also rather flexible when it needs to be.
    At least the drivers are out the door, and I assume that the rushed nature of their availability is to ensure that review sites can benchmark the 5 series with the new driver alongside the nVidia products, so we should have a reasonable comparison between what each of these series of cards can accomplish.
     
  14. Thompson

    Thompson TS Rookie Posts: 65

    Sounds good for those of you with ATIs but one question, do NVidia's Drivers already include these enhancements?

    What I mean is, in effect, do these drivers improve the power of ATI's cards above the power of NVidia's?
     
  15. ToastOz

    ToastOz TS Rookie Posts: 59

    free performance boost
     
  16. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,290   +239

    @Thompson - you are talking apples and oranges. The driver enhancements are tweaks to make the ATi cards run better on certain games, it has nothing to do with nVidia's hardware at all. Of course, the tweaking is usually required on games that were designed and developed on nVidia platforms, but that is more of a side note. Realistically, this is just another revision of the ATi drivers, just as nVidia constantly revises and updates their driver sets. Of course, hopefully in this case, ATi learned from nVidia's mistakes and released a driver that won't potentially brick some of their products! :)

    As for the speculation about the "convenient" timing of the driver dropping, it's not like ATi never ever updates drivers, so this is special. They've been concentrating on putting out multiple new cards in all the different performance tiers, and now the fine-tuning process is in full swing. The timing (new gen card release vs. driver update release) is basically the same as when nVidia or ATi dropped new product lines into the market previously. It's not some kind of conspiracy to suddenly make the cards look better, timed just before nVidia's release. Seriously, think about what that theory says: ATi had better drivers, but let the reviews be done at SLOWER PERFORMANCE than they could have shown, holding back until now? You really think they wouldn't want to come out of the gate screaming like a banshee and slaughtering the nVidia performance numbers as effectively as possible, rather than waiting for a bunch of benchmarks to be done that don't show their full potential? No, it's an update just like any other update, plain and simple.
     
  17. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    hey thats a gr8 new for us gamers!
    m hoping that i get increased FPS once i download it!
     
  18. Geek4life

    Geek4life TS Rookie Posts: 28

    AMD is hitting on all cylinders I wish I had a 5870.
     
  19. danteoz

    danteoz TS Enthusiast Posts: 42

    Looks like good improvements all around. Good to hear about mobile as well. I like the 20% increase in DiRT2, wonder if its noticeable?
     
  20. Orionlocke

    Orionlocke TS Rookie Posts: 35

    Those are pretty good performance improviements and definitely for the right games! AMD is definitely on top of things these days and cranking out one improvement after another.
     
  21. natefalk

    natefalk TS Rookie Posts: 78

    Got one... I can't wait to check this out tonight. 20% increase with Dirt 2 is awesome. I might actually play that game now (it came bundled w/ the card). I wonder if this means other games will see a performance increase as well.
     
  22. EduardsN

    EduardsN TS Rookie Posts: 51

    "Most of the titles listed only perform 10% better or less"

    To me that comes as great news! This is all free performance boost
     
  23. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 229

    Compared to GeForce's driver release it provides a bigger percentage than Catalyst the thing is that Catalyst is support a lot more games than GeForce is. Looking forward to the full release even though I don't have an AMD video card xD love to see if they included any new games or the percentage of any of the following has increased. Because I'm planing on getting an ATI Radeon HD 5770.
     
  24. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Nice performance increase, especially since some of them target the whole 5000 series.
     
  25. ansarimikail

    ansarimikail TS Rookie Posts: 40

    Yeah I never really saw the reported performance gains by updating drivers, more of my cards stuffed up. Driver updates are really not worth the bandwidth it takes to download them.
     
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