Catalyst 10.6 WHQL released.

AMD published this months Catalyst release which comes with a couple of new multimedia features and performance improvements for HD5000 Series cards.

New features:

  • GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1
  • Video De-blocking support
    Reduces blocking artifacts seen in low-bit rate video during playback (for users of Radeon HD 5000 series cards)
  • Mosquito noise reduction
    Reduces mosquito noise seen in highly compressed progressive video, during playback (for users of Radeon HD 5000 series cards)
  • Official support for OpenGL 4.0 and OpenGL 3.3 (OpenGL 4.0 supported by Radeon HD 5000 series only)

Performance Improvements:

  • 3DMark Vantage
    Overall scores improve up to 5% on a single ATI Radeon HD 5970
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
    Performance improves up to 5% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 series cards
    Performance improves up to 10% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations
  • Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 Benchmark
    Performance improves up to 4% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series cards
    Performance improves up to 10% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations
    Performance improves up to 3% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series cards
  • Company of Heroes
  • DX10
    Performance improves up to 7% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series cards
    Performance improves up to 5% with single card and CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations
  • Crysis Warhead
    CrossFire performance improves by up to 7% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series cards
  • DiRT 2 – DX9
    Performance improves up to 10% on single card ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series cards
    Performance improves up to 10% on single card ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations
    Performance improves up to 4% on single card ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series cards
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Assault on Dark Athena
    Performance improves up to 15% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series cards
    Performance improves up to 13% on CrossFire and single card ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations
    Performance improves up to 8% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series cards
  • Unigine Tropics
    CrossFire performance improves by up to 8% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series cards
  • World in Conflict
    Performance improves up to 6% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series cards
    Performance improves up to 8% on CrossFire and single card ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations
  • Wolfenstein
    Performance improves up to 18% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series cards
    Performance improves up to 18% on CrossFire and single card ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations
    Performance improves up to 11% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series cards

Release notes
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ForceWare 257.21 WHQL released.

nVIDIA released the first WHQL release of their ForceWare 256 series drivers. The new driver comes with numerous performance improvements and OpenGL4.0 for the GTX400 Series. There are also new AA modes for TriSLI configurations – 48xAA for GTX200 cards and 96xAA for GTX400 cards.

  • Up to 14% in Aliens vs. Predator (1920×1200 noAA/AF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 4% in Batman: Arkham Asylum (1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF PhysX=High)
  • Up to 5% in BattleForge (1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF – Very High settings)
  • Up to 5% in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 4% in Crysis: Warhead (1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF – Enthusiast setting)
  • Up to 24% in Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (1920×1200 no AA/AF)
  • Up to 9% in Far Cry 2 (2560×1600 8xAA/16xAF)
  • Up to 25% in Just Cause 2 (2560×1600 no AA/AF – Concrete Jungle)
  • Up to 7% in Metro 2033 (1920×1200 no AA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 40% in Metro 2033 with SLI ((1920×1200 4xAA/16xAF – Tessellation on)
  • Up to 8% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (1920×1200 no AA/AF – Day)
  • Up to 110% in Stone Giant with SLI (2650×1600 – Tessellation on, DoF on)
  • Up to 6% in The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena (2560×1600 no AA/AF)
  • Up to 9% in Unigine: Tropics (2560×1600 no AA/AF – OpenGL)
  • Up to 5% in 3DMark Vantage (Performance and Extreme Presets)
  • Up to 19% with Transparency AA (1920×1200 4xTrSS – measured in Crysis)

Release Notes
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