AMD releases ATI Catalyst 10.6 graphics drivers

By on June 17, 2010, 10:30 AM
AMD has posted a new set of Catalyst graphics drivers on its 'Game' website today, bringing the monthly release up to version 10.6. The new driver supports all cards in the Radeon HD 2000, HD 3000, HD 4000 and HD 5000 series for desktops and laptops as well as Radeon HD 3000 and HD 4000 IGPs. In addition to the bunch of performance improvements, Catalyst 10.6 also brings a couple of new video filtering options, and OpenGL 4.0 support on 5000-series Radeons.

Among the titles receiving a bump in performance is Company of Heroes, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Crysis Warhead, DiRT 2, World in Conflict, and a handful of other. Most of the improvements are reserved for Radeon HD 5800 or HD 5970 cards in either single or Crossfire mode, with quoted frame rate speedups of anywhere from 3% to 18%.

Meanwhile, the new filtering options include video de-blocking support, which reduces blocking artifacts seen in low bit-rate video during playback, and Mosquito noise reduction support to help prevent the shimmering noise often found around the edges of sharp outlines in highly compressed progressive video. Both these features are only available to owners of Radeon HD 5000-series cards. AMD also mentions support for Flash 10.1 GPU acceleration.

As usual, the new driver is available for Windows XP, Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Vista/7 32-bit and Windows Vista/7 64-bit. You can find the full release notes detailing all the new features here.




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Guest said:

Thanks:)

Earlier than usual.

Cueto_99 said:

Does anyone know if they fix the issue where an overclocked card in desktop mode (2D) works at it's full speed (like if it was on 3D, causing it to get hotter than it should be) ?

KG363 KG363 said:

Any improvements on metro 2033?

Guest said:

@Cueto_99: nope

coolazeem said:

Wow! AMD Catalyst team seems to be working late shifts considering their recent spate of quick driver releases

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

Any improvements on metro 2033?

runs fine on mine...:p, I am very surprised that they didn't fix/improve Metro 2033 as well considering how poorly it performs, especially on the 5970.

Chazz said:

Cueto_99 said:

Does anyone know if they fix the issue where an overclocked card in desktop mode (2D) works at it's full speed (like if it was on 3D, causing it to get hotter than it should be) ?

I use MSI Afterburner to overclock, and I set two profiles. A 2D profile and a 3D one. That allows you to idle @ 157/300 in 2D mode(single monitor).

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