First things first -- for those of you who don't read the fine print, keep in mind that every hotfix AMD releases "is provided as is and is not supported by AMD. It has not completed full AMD testing is only a driver update." If you're cool with that, you can grab AMD's third hotfix release in less than a week. The Catalyst 10.10c hotfix adds the following:
OpenGL 4.1 beta support
Support for the new Morphological Anti-Aliasing feature
Dead Rising 2 -- Crossfire profile (resolves negative scaling)
Crossfire improvement for Metro 2033, F1 2011 (DX 9 version), and Fallout New Vegas
Performance optimizations for systems with an AMD Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 for Aliens versus Predator and Star Craft 2
OpenGL performance enhancements in Prey, Quake Wars: Enemy Territories, and Heaven V2
The Catalyst 10.10c hotfix, which is for Windows 7 and Vista only, is available here.
Following the recent release of the Catalyst 10.10 driver suite, AMD has made available the Catalyst 10.10a hotfix aimed specifically at HD 6870 and HD 6850 videocard owners. The hotfix adds the following:
Support for the new Morphological Anti-Aliasing feature
Performance optimizations for systems with an AMD Radeon HD 6870 and HD 6850 series of graphics products installed
On that second bullet point, AMD promises performance enhancements in Aliens versus Predator and Star Craft 2, as well as OpenGL performance boosts in Prey, Quake Wars: Enemy Territories, and Heaven V2.
We're a tad late on this one, but AMD on Friday released its new Catalyst 10.10 driver suite, which among things include support for the new Radeon HD 6800 series of videocards.
Also new is the introduction of AMD Catalyst Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology, video acceleration for WMV HD video content, enhanced dynamic contrast video controls, and the introduction of AMD HD3D technology.
New game profiles have been added, and AMD claims you can expect performance boosts in several games ranging from 4 percent to 10 percent.
For those of your running multiple ATI Radeon videocards in a CrossFire configuration, AMD this week posted a new ATI Catalyst Application Profile (10.9a). The update includes CrossFire performance boosts for a handful of titles, including:
AMD has made available its ATI Catalyst 10.9 software suite, which you can download directly from AMD or access via your Steam account.
There are only a handful of performance improvements in the latest release, including double digit gains in Stalker: Call of Pripyat benchmark for HD 5700 and HD 5800 graphics cards owners, and single digit performance gains in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena for HD 4800, HD 5700, and HD 5800 owners.
Some new profiles have been added and updated (Aliens Vs Predator, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, F1 2010, Kane & Lynch 2), as well as a handful of resolved issues for Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
Driver updates through Steam? Brilliant! AMD agrees and has now begun offering Catalyst graphics drivers through the Steam platform, an idea we're shocked no one thought of before.
"Steam gamers will never again have to worry about finding the most recent ATI Catalyst graphics driver," AMD said in a statement. "PC gamers can now detect and install the latest ATI Catalyst driver for their ATI Radeon graphics card directly from with Steam! Gamers using ATI graphics will not only be kept posted on the latest available drivers for their hardware, but with every update they'll know that they're getting the overall best possible gaming experience AMD and Valve can deliver."
AMD says the first ATI Catalyst update to made available via Steam will be ATI Catalyst 10.9
Some things are better late than never, and we'll let you be the judge if this is one of them. For what it's worth, AMD has made available a hotfix -- Catalyst 10.8b -- with little benefit for most users. Here's all that's listed:
ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 and ATI Radeon 4850 X2 use both Graphics Processing Units (GPU) for high performance
Ubisoft H.A.W.X. with forced on Anisotropic Filtering (AF) using ATI Catalyst Control Center can improve performance for all graphics cards that support Microsoft DirectX 10 (ATI Radeon HD 3xxx, ATI Radeon HD 4xxx, and ATI Radeon HD 5xxx series of products)
And that's it. Oh, and only Windows 7 and Vista users need apply. For those of you running XP or Linux, well, this isn't the hotfix for you.
If you're the type who likes to update your drivers on the day of release and you own an ATI videocard, get to clicking. AMD has just dropped its ATI Catalyst 10.8 software suite into the wild, which brings a handful of new features and improvements to the table.
The latest driver release boasts full support for OpenGL ES 2.0 and enables 3D accelerated graphics with a Web browser that supports the 2.0 spec. Performance supposedly has been "greatly improved" for gamers equipped with an ATI Eyefinity setup on a quad ATI CrossFireX configuration, and anti-aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center (CCC) is now available for StarCraft II.
Hit the jump for an expanded list of improvements and download information.
We don’t typically report on the release of beta video card drivers, but ATI has slipped in an awesome new feature that is probably worth it if you’re playing Starcraft II. Catalyst 10.7a brings driver level Anti-Alliasing support that can be enabled through the Catalyst Control Center and helps to smooth out all the jagged edges for those who like to zoom in on the action.
Driver level forced AA support comes with a bit of a performance hit over a native implementation that could have been done by Blizzard, but if you’re rocking a relatively modern 5xxx series card you have more than enough spare horsepower to make this work.
Admittedly Nvidia has had support for this feature from day one, but ATI was curiously silent on the issue leading us to believe Radeon owners would have to do without. We are glad to hear this isn’t the case, and its certainly worth checking out if you have ATI hardware.
The Catalyst 10.7 drivers for graphics cards isn't the only piece of software AMD released this week. The chip maker also announced its OpenGL ES 2.0 driver, the first driver for desktops to support WebGL, which is designed to bring plug-in free 3D graphics to the Internet.
"AMD is a steadfast supporter of industry standards, including those that unlock the power of GPU acceleration," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, AMD Fusion Experience Program. "At AMD, we see the future of computing as being intensely visual, requiring a variety of rich media 2D and 3D applications. With functionality like the OpenGL ES 2.0 driver and technology breakthroughs made possible by AMD Fusion APUs, we aim to deliver the ideal development platform for immersive experiences both online and natively on virtually any PC form factor."
In addition to porting 3D to the Web, AMD's new driver also makes it possible for software developers to use desktop PCs and workstations powered by AMD graphics when creating apps based on OpenGL ES 2.0 for smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices, AMD said.
Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome), Mozilla (Firefox), and Opera (Opera Software) are all contributors of the WebGL Working Group.