New ATI Catalyst 9.1 Available, Offers OpenGL 3.0 and Better Linux Support

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DePat

Although it is good new that ATI finally release updated drivers, the question remains. Why did it take several iterations of drivers before the EXPENSIVE card you buy would work?

 I purchased the latest ATI 4870x2 card and I had to revert to older drivers because the one included did not work. In addition, the HDMI adapter of the 4670 that I purchased for my htpc did not work and I returned that card while the Nvidia card (MSI 7600gts that I purchase a few years ago) works without problems. I'm thinking about upgrading this card with another nvidia card eventhough the price/performance of the ATI might be better. The name of the game is ease of use. I past the time I spent time trying to figure out how to fix things. Now however, I expect them to work out of the box and I do not mind paying a premium for it. I want to use and enjoy the computer most of the time instead of "fixing it" it most of the time.

I never had any issues with nvidia cards and drivers. I always felt disappointed by ATI product. Not the card mind you but the drivers. In the past, I used view the drivers as separate issues. This is not longer the case. Drivers are an integral component in the enjoyement of the card and I will penalized (withold my $$) from any company that does not provide working ones.

 

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Nikiaf

I'm running the vista x64 drivers on win7 without a hitch. performance doesn't seem significantly better, but hey they work perfectly!

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Lord Omega

This really good news. Finally a decent driver for my ATI cards :D but I do not know if I should update or not because of possible problems.

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