ATI Catalyst Display Drivers 10.8 for Vista/7 32-bit

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Date: August 25, 2010
File Size: 54.0 MB
OS Support: Windows Vista / 7
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New Features:

This section provides information on new features found in this release of the ATI
Radeon™ Display Driver. These include the following:
- OpenGL ES 2.0 support
- Video Quality default options
- Performance enhancement for Eyefinity Quad ATI CrossFireX™ configurations
- Anti-Aliasing support for StarCraft II

OpenGL ES 2.0 support

- ATI Catalyst™ 10.8 delivers full support for OpenGL ES 2.0 specification
- Enables 3D accelerated graphics within a web browser that supports OpenGL ES 2.0
- Supported on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7

Video Quality default options

- The Default video options for ATI Catalyst™ have been greatly enhanced to deliver
the best quality video viewing experience. Users can also choose to apply these
settings to Internet Video via a new checkbox control within the ATI Catalyst™

Control Center

- In the “Advanced Color” section, the following defaults are now enabled:
+ Color vibrance (default = 40)
+ Flesh tone correction (default = 50)
+ Brighter Whites
- In the “Advanced Quality” section, the following defaults are now enabled:
+ Edge-enhancement (default = 25)
+ De-noise (default = 64)
+ Mosquito Noise Reduction (default = 50)
+ De-blocking (default = 50)

Note: Video Quality option settings can be accessed by launching the
Catalyst™ Control Center and clicking on "Graphics", then "Video"
and "All Settings".

Performance enhancement for Eyefinity Quad ATI CrossFireX™ configurations

- Performance has been greatly improved for users running with ATI Eyefinity on a
Quad ATI CrossFireX™ configuration
Anti-Aliasing support for StarCraft II
- ATI Catalyst™ Control Center enabled Anti-Aliasing is now available for StarCraft II

Catalyst™ Application Profiles

The following application profiles are available with this release of Catalyst™ 10.8:
- Singularity – CrossFire™ profile update
- Mafia 2 – CrossFire™ profile update
- Final Fantasy XIV Benchmark – new CrossFire™ profile
- Lord of the Rings Online – new CrossFire™ profile
- Aliens Vs. Predator – CrossFire™ profile update

Performance Improvements:

The following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst™ 10.8:
- Far Cry 2
+ Performance increases 2-6% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series single and
CrossFire™ configurations
+ Performance increases 2-4% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series single and
CrossFire™ configurations
+ Performance increases 3-8% on ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series single and
CrossFire™ configurations
- Left 4 Dead 2
+ Performance increases 3-5% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 series and
CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 series configurations
- Stormrise
+ Performance increases 5-10% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5600 series and ATI
Radeon™ HD 5500 series configurations

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:

- HDMI default refresh rate now appears properly as 60 Hz under HDTV in Catalyst™
Control Center
- Catalyst™ Control Center - Basic wizard pane or resolution combo box in "Display
Setting for Desktop Viewing" page no longer turns blank in basic view for
component video mode
- "FSAA" is a selectable option in City of Heroes / City of Heroes Going Rogue™
Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows 7. These include:
- Desktop line corruption no longer observed after powering off the DP display and
then turning it on while viewing Blu-ray content
- "Borderlands" no longer fails after a duration of gameplay
- Opening numerous windows in Adobe Photoshop CS5 no longer causes application
to fail
- Re-sizing Windows Media Player while viewing 720/1080 WMV video content no
longer causes the screen to turn black
- "ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead" game now works in CrossFire™ mode
- Shifting mouse cursor between displays no longer causes intermittent cursor
corruption or system lock up

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System

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

- Catalyst™ Control Center no longer fails and displays error message while
transcoding specific video files on 64-bit operating systems
- AVI video no longer lags during playback within Microsoft PowerPoint slide deck
- 3D and video settings in Catalyst™ Control Center are now retained after resume
from sleep/hibernate
Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System
This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows XP. These include:
- Hardware acceleration is now enabled in PowerDVD
- Minor frame drops are no longer observed while viewing HD interlaced content

Known Issues Under All Windows Operating Systems

The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under
the Windows operating system in the latest version of Catalyst™. These include:

- Catalyst™ Control Center: Enable dialog reposition does not show on proper monitor
when system is configured with 4 displays

Known Issues Under the Windows 7 Operating System

The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under
the Windows 7 operating system in the latest version of Catalyst™. These include:

- Drag and Drop transcoded H264i content may show deinterlacing lines
- Desktop may dim after exiting "Mafia II" game on some cards
- Flickering may be visible while running 3D games on HDMI displays with Quad
CrossFire™ enabled
- PowerDVD may exhibit blue and pink tint and might not display smooth transition
when adjusting brightness and contrast in Catalyst™ Control Center when viewing
Blu-ray content
- Green texture corruption may be observed when resolution/video settings are
changed in "Metro 2033" game in DirectX 10 and 11 mode on some cards
- Frame drops may be visible during WinDVD Blu-ray playback with display
resolution set to 25x16

Known Issues Under the Windows Vista Operating System

The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under
the Windows Vista operating system in the latest version of Catalyst™. These include:

- Corruption might be visible in "Doom 3" and "Quake 4" with ATI Radeon™ HD
4700 Series cards
- Performing bezel compensation on 3x2 Eyefinity configuration may cause the bezel
group (resolutions) to go missing
- All but the primary display under Eyefinity configuation might become disabled
while changing the preferred display at lowest Bezel compensated resolution
- Desktop may become corrupted during PowerDVD SD/Blu-ray content playback on
120Hz displays; pressing Alt+F4 will close PowerDVD and restore desktop
- Choppy HD playback might occur while changing color vibrance and fleshtone
correction in Catalyst™ Control Center - Advanced Color

Note: Before proceeding with your driver installation we suggest you make sure you are installing the latest version available and for the appropriate model/revision and Operating System. We strongly suggest following 'readme' instructions for installing drivers when available. Often restarting your system will be necessary for the new driver to become active and start functioning properly.

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