ATI Catalyst Display Driver 9.8 for Windows Vista 64-bit

August 17, 2009
vista64-suite
62.9 MB
Windows Vista 64-bit
486
The Catalyst™ Software Suite 9.8 contains the following:

* Radeon™ display driver 8.64
* HydraVision™ for both Windows XP and Vista
* HydraVision™ Basic Edition (Windows XP only)
* WDM Driver Install Bundle
* Southbridge/IXP Driver
* Catalyst™ Control Center Version 8.64

AMD Product Support

The Catalyst™ Vista driver for both the 32bit and 64bit versions of the Microsoft
Windows Vista operating system is supported on the following ATI Radeon™ products.

AMD Desktop Product Family Support

ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 X2 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4850 X2 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4700 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 3400 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4670 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4650 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 Series

AMD Multimedia Family Product Support

ATI Theater™ 550 PRO ATI Theater 650™
ATI All-in-Wonder™ HD ATI Theater 600™

Note: ATI All-in-Wonder™ boards operate with AMD’s Windows Vista
ready display and capture drivers under the Windows Vista operating
system. However, the Windows Vista Media Center application does not
support TV/Capture functionality provided by the ATI All-in-Wonder™.
TV/Capture functionality is qualified to function with Snapstream’s
BeyondTV 4.6 for Windows Vista. Other third party solutions (such as
Arcsoft’s Total Media 3) may support TV/Capture with the ATI All-in-
Wonder™, but these applications have not been fully tested by AMD.

AMD FireStream™ Product Family Support

AMD FireStream™ 9270 AMD FireStream™ 9170
AMD FireStream™ 9250

AMD Chipset Product Support

ATI Radeon™ HD 4200 Series ATI Radeon™ 3100 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3300 Series ATI Radeon™ 3000 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Series

New Features:

This section provides information on new features found in this release of the Radeon™
Display Driver. These include the following:

OpenGL™ 3.1 extension support

This release of ATI Catalyst™ provides OpenGL™ 3.1 extension support. The
following is a list of OpenGL™ 3.1 features and extensions added in 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
NV 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
* 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)
* Uniform buffer objects (GL ARB uniform buffer object)
* SNORM texture component formats

Performance Improvements

The following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst™ 9.8:

* Battleforge DirectX 10/DirectX 10.1 - performance improves up to 15-50% in CPU
limited settings with the largest gains in CrossfireX configurations
* Company of Heroes DirectX 10 - performance improves by up to 10-77% in CPU
limited settings
* Crysis DirectX 10 - Dual CrossfireX performance improves as much as 10% and
Quad CrossfireX performance improves as much as 34% in CPU limited settings
* Crysis Warhead DirectX 10 - Dual CrossfireX performance improves as much as
7% and Quad CrossfireX performance improves as much as 69% in CPU limited
settings
* Far Cry 2 DirectX 10 - Dual CrossfireX performance improves as much as 50% and
Quad CrossfireX performance improves as much as 88% in CPU limited settings
* Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. DirectX 10/DirectX 10.1 - Dual CrossfireX performance
improves up to 40% in CPU limited settings with Quad CrossfireX performance
improving up to 60% in CPU limited settings
* UnigineTropics OpenGL - performance improves 5-20%
* UnigineTropics DirectX 10 - Quad CrossfireX performance improves 5-20% in
CPU limited settings
* World in Conflict DirectX 10 - performance improves by 5-10%

Resolved Issues for All Windows Operating Systems

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows. These include:

* Catalyst Control Center: Diagnostic warning message now appears in CrossFire
aspect when the only display is removed from the CrossFire chain
* Catalyst Control Centre will now launch properly with CrossFire disabled on multi-
adapter enabled/configured systems
* Catalyst Control Center: Some of the missing "Monitor Attributes" options in the
Displays tab are now available
* Refresh rates are now applied properly for standard and optimi*ed HDTV modes in
Catalyst Control Center
* Catalyst Control Center: Missing update for Windows 7 locali*ed help content is now
available
* TV Properties tab now properly displays "Image Quality" instead of "TV Properties"
for Catalyst Control Center user interface
Alternative drivers to ATI Catalyst Display Driver 9.8 for Windows Vista 64-bit: