New Catalyst 4.12 drivers from ATI have become available. A number of issues (see link) have been resolved, including problems with Half-Life 2, DOOM 3, Counter-Strike, and other titles.
Catalyst supports 24 languages, but the CATALYST Control Center is available in English only. ATI recommends Windows XP SP2 to be installed. Downloading in smaller portions is available for those who have not yet joined the broadband revolution.
As with most CATALYST releases performance has increased in various situations. The following performance gains are noticed:
* Driver efficiency has improved considerably for both Direct3D and OpenGL.
* Numerous D3D games show 2-3% gains at low resolution. The small batch size tests in 3DMark05 show improvements as large as 15% on some products.
* In OpenGL, several game titles show improvements in the lower settings. Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory, for instance, shows gains as large as 15% in low resolution (driver-bound) cases. Doom III performance improves 5-10% at low settings. Call of Duty improves 5-6%.
* Half-Life 2 performance also improves as much as 20% over Catalyst 4.11 in certain sections of the game.