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.
It's driver update time, at least for Nvidia videocard owners. The graphics chip maker on Monday released its GeForce 260.89 driver packages, which add support for the newly released GeForce GT 430 graphics card.
Compared to the 258.96 drivers, Nvidia says you can expect a bump in performance in several games, including up to 16 percent in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (GTX 480) up to 22 percent in Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (GTX 460), and up to 19 percent in StarCraft II (GTX 460 in SLI) to name just a few.
For a full list of changes, and to download the new drivers, head over here.
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:
Late last week, Nvidia's GeForce 260 Series beta driver release leaked to the Web, and with the cat now out of the bag, Nvidia has gone and officially offered them up for download.
Still in beta form, the GeForce 260.63 drivers add support for the just released GeForce GTS 450 GPU. For existing GTX 480 and 460 owners, the new drivers supposedly increase performance in a number of titles, including a generous 22 percent boost in Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (1920x1200, noAA, GTX 460), as well as a bunch of other double-digit performance improvements.
Other features include the addition of Blu-ray 3D support, HD audio enhancements, a bunch of new 3D Vision game profiles, and a whole lot more.
You can download the beta drives and check out the release notes here.
"Broadcom would like to announce the initial release of a fully-open Linux driver for its latest generation of 11n chipsets," Broadcom announced late last week. "The driver, while still a work in progress, is released as full source and uses the native mac80211 stack."
Broadcom went on to say that the drivers support multiple current chips (BCM4313, BCM43224, BCM43225) while also providing a framework for supporting additional chips in the future, like the mac80211-aware embedded parts.
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 latest ATI driver package -- Catalyst 10.7 -- adds a handful of new features and a spattering of performance improvements, as well as a bunch of bug fixes, AMD says.
Several tweaks were made with Eyefinity users in mind. For example, maximizing a window across displays will now take user defined bezel compensation into account. The new drivers automatically adjust window position when dragging and dropping windows to ensure title bar visibility, and Eyefinity users will now benefit from proper dialog box placement -- they're no longer hidden behind bezels.
Other notable features include GPU acceleration of H.264 content when using VLC 1.1.1, CrossFireX support for rotated displays, and enhanced pull-down detection.
Hit the jump to see what else Catalyst 10.7 brings to the table.
Following the release of its GeForce GTX 460 videocard, Nvidia has a new set of WHQL certified drivers available for download, version 258.96.
Of course the biggest change is that the newest driver release adds official support for the GTX 460 videcoard, but there's more to it than that. Other changes include:
Added support for Nvidia Surround technology
Added support for GTX 400M series of notebook GPUs
Installs Nvidia PhysX System Software v9.10.0224
Installs HD audio driver, version 22.214.171.124
In other words, it's pretty much an all-encompassing update. It's also the last driver Nvidia will ever put out to support Hybrid Power, which is a Hybrid SLI technology supported on the GeForce 9800 GX2 and 9800 GTX series.
The latest release also resolves a fair number of issues across multiple operating systems, both in single-GPU and multi-GPU configurations.