Catalyst 11.4 drivers bring 15% more speed in Black Ops

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AMD has received Microsoft's nod of approval for the Catalyst 11.4 preview drivers released last month and the WHQL-certified version is awaiting your download below. Unlike March's official update, the latest build delivers a slew of new features and performance enhancements -- especially for folks running the new Radeon HD 6800 or 6900 series graphics cards. Those products receive the following speed boosts:

  • Aliens vs. Predator - gains of up to 8% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Batman Arkham Asylum - gains of up to 20% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Battleforge - gains of up to 15% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Call of Duty Black Ops - gains of up to 15% with Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering on single GPU configurations.
  • Civilization 5 - gains of up to 15% on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Far Cry 2 - gains of up to 6% on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Just Cause 2 - gains of up to 9% on single and multiple GPU configurations.
  • Lost Planet 2 - gains of up to 10% on single and multiple GPU configurations.

Catalyst 11.4 also brings several improvements to the Catalyst Control Center and AMD Vision Engine Control Center, including new task-based Display Management controls that simplify the configuration of displays and related settings, as well as a new feature to set up an Eyefinity group. AMD also added a notification feature that tips users off when a new driver package is released, just as Nvidia did with its latest update.

Desktop: Windows XP 32-bit | Windows XP 64-bit | Windows Vista/7 32-bit | Windows Vista/7 64-bit
Mobile: Windows Vista/7 32-bit | Windows Vista/7 64-bit

The fresh Catalyst edition squashes various bugs throughout Windows 7, Vista and XP. Radeon cards no longer show high GPU usage when running Firefox 4 with hardware acceleration enabled on Windows 7. Tearing and other graphical anomalies have been resolved in BioShock, Two Worlds II, Bulletstorm, F1 2010, Crysis Warhead, and the "Heaven" DirectX11 benchmark. Read the full release notes here, or grab your copy above.

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