ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

ATI has released version 4.8 of its Catalyst driver suite for the Radeon range of products. Some of the games which should now show a performance increase are: Need for Speed Underground, Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow, Thief 3 and Unreal Tournament 2004.

Omega 2.5.67

What's New? (2k/XP 2.5.67)

- Based on the official Catalyst 4.8 drivers.

- Added support for some new Radeon cards.

- Fixed a few laptop bugs (video playback problem still here).

- Optimized the current OGL driver for D3, it should improve performance with
no loss in quality.

- Optimized FSAA performance for both D3D and OGL.

- Updated Radlinker to version 1.013

- Updated ATITool to version 0.0.21

- Updated Multires to version 1.47

- Updated the DX Control Panel to Dx9.0c

Catalyst 4.8

This release of Catalyst introduces the support of Geometry Instancing. This new feature provides assistance when a game has to render many objects where the geometry is highly similar. Geometry Instancing allows the VPU to create multiple objects from a single geometric model, rather than passing an entire new model for each item on the screen. This increases the rendering speed of images such as leaves, or grass.

Performance Improvements

As with most Catalyst releases performance has increased in various situations. The following performance gains are noticed:

- Direct3D driver efficiency has improved considerably. Significant performance gains are noted in multiple CPU-bound cases, including 3DMark2001, Aquamark 3, Comanche4, Dungeon Siege, and Unreal Tournament 2003 and 2004. Typical improvements are in the 1-5 per cent range.
- OpenGL driver efficiency is also improved. Older OpenGL games such as Quake III Arena and Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory show small improvement (1-2 per cent) at low resolutions. Call of Duty framerates are up approximately 4 per cent. Doom3 improves considerably more (as much as 12 per cent on some product configurations) as a result of the same software efficiency improvements.

Issues Resolved in Catalyst Version 4.8

- 3D Mark03: Display corruption is no longer noticed when running the Trolls Lair test 3 under Windows XP
- Beyond Divinity: Playing the game with FSAA set to 2x no longer results in display corruption when scrolling the display by moving the mouse to the left of the display
- High Heat Baseball 2003: The display no longer loses sync when exiting or changing player characters in the game High Heat Baseball 2003 under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON X800 series installed
- Madden NFL 2003: The game no longer fails to respond under Windows XP when an ATI RADEON 9800 XT is installed and attempting to set the Truform slider to Application Preference
- Need for Speed Underground: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON 9000/9200 installed no longer results in the road ahead not being lit up by the car's headlights
- Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow: Display corruption is no longer noticed when launching a multiplayer game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON™ 9200 installed
- Thief 3: Inconsistent lighting and shadow flicker is no longer noticed when playing the game under Windows XP
- Unreal Tournament 2004: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON X600 series installed no longer results in game corruption being displayed when setting Anti-Aliasing to 4x and having the display properties set to 1600x1200 32bpp

For further details please refer to the read me file available from the ATI Driver pages.

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ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

i havet gotten to try out doom 3 with the new drivers yet on my 9800 pro, so if anyone can say if they increase proformance (no AA or AF) I dont play with that.Im surprised, NOBODY posted perhaps this article was just poted not long ago at all?

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

i got a decent fps improvement in doom3.timedemo 1 cat 4.7 = 43 fpstimedemo 1 cat 4.8 = 49 fpsand to b-boy, i have had that problem on both sets of drivers with 6xaa - but why the hell are you trying to play it like that?? it will run slow as hell anyway and i personally cant ever notice any difference between 4x and 6x on any games & about the most you will need for d3 is 2x to make it look smooth as hell :)

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

Anonymousat 12:23 18/8/2004Kotor still crash like a mofo on Ati cards they may be the top D3D but their Opengl is utter crap.what the fcuk are you talking about? i have a 9800 Pro and ive played through the game twice and never crashed a single time. idiot fanboy

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

hmmm... i dont know whether or not to download this :-S... seems that everytime i install drivers that aren't from the cd that came with my A9600XT/TVD improve the performance, but the stability just turns utter crap. i cant get a break with this freakin thing

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

you should uninstall the previous driver the ATI display driver but not the progs that comes with it (ie control panel etc) and install the new 4.8,then if you play doom3 dont dl the beta 4.9 just get the file ati??.dll that you put in c:windowssystem32, so you get the optimisation without having to resort to beta drivers that can be realy unstable. i know everytime i rebooted it wanted to install the card.with my 9800pro aiw i play at 1024x768 2AA 8 AF high quality, i only lag when i open doors and i have a shitty 1900xp that runs 1600 mhz stock. have to mention i used all the optimisation possible, unrared the Pak, changed values in the files.in the benchmark its alot more choppy than when i play for some reason, it average to 29.. while i play i get 60 alone 20-30. i find it most acceptable. the fps goes if i lower anything but its not worth it imo. its realy looking good.

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

Don't workI tried to uninstall the driver, and go into safe mode to installthenI can get the 4.8 driver in there, if I point to it, manually, but the installer program to get the control panel and extra's don't work.It's all messed upQuite annoyed.

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

read the freakin instruction from ATI on what to do when you install a new catalyst, REMOVE ONLY THE DISPLAY DRIVER NOT THE REST.dont go to safe mode to install, when you done uninstalling reboot, let windows put his lousy default driver and then execute the file(4.8 driver)when its done, wait to get the message to reboot and reboot.if you have an Nvidia before your ati then it is recomended to format, i know it sucks but htats what they say.

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

Anonymousat 21:1 19/8/2004you can force AA and AF on almost any 3d game but besides that anyone with a 9200 try playing underground? I cant get it to even run anymore. It starts to boot up then comes crashing down in under a sec. And the ati demos dont work.hmm thats strange, i can run NFSu fine? had an mx440 b4 and this is what i found,9200se has superb image quality while FPS in halo is crap but the mx440 i can get good fps (on the same settings and same comp) but wif crap image qaulity.hmmm quality or qauntity

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

people put down farcry... doom 3... and hl2... it came out to late... it is a copy of hl story line... it is to short ... it was to long...get a life!!! i am for one happy to get farcry first (finished it) doom 3 second (almost done) and when i finish doom 3 hl2 will be out very soon. why would i want to have all good games come out at the same time or be all the same... each game was or is great (different but amazing) and the timing could not be better.secondly i do not buy a game just because of video card ties (i own an ATI 9800XT and so far doom 3 is great) so all of you people who, for some wierd reason, hate hl2 (but i can put money down you loved hl when it first came out) get over it because we know you are going to buy/download it...p.s. by changing the code in doom 3 and getting the 4.8 ati drivers i can play doom 3 on ultra setting (everything on

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

ok when i first changed the code in doom 3 (for ATI improvements) i only saw a small upgrade in performance. infact it was the 4.8 drivers that gave me the most performance gain. but i did miss something, i did not turn on my "vertical sync". talk about a change ;).after you edit the "pak000,pk4" file found in doom 3 you need to go to your desktop and go: right click, properties, setting, advance, 3d, opengl, custom, and vertiacal sync set to default on. now run the game and you will see a big jump in power.with my ati 9800 xt i was able to moved from 1024 X 768 res. to 1152 X 864 res. in both cases i had the computer on ultra and had everything set to yes, but used no iq.try this and you to will see a performance gain (only for ATI). right now i do beat out my friends fx5950 with the same type of rig. does that mean ati is better? no, both card are great and who really cares if one is 10 fps faster, if the game looks great then i am happy.i agree with most people on this site, why fight over video cards or games lets work together to make everyone have the best experience... and i too will post this on a few sites, because it can help people.

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

i feel sorry for all those peeps who own ATI's, they have to keep downloading new drivers like every 2 weeks or so.Nvdia owners have to download new drivers like every month or 3monthsATI is just bringin out drivers because they want peeps to stop bad mouthing them about thier cards having compatability issues.IT'S GOOD TO HAVE A NVIDIABUT THE MAIN REASON I THINK ATI CARDS HAVE COMPATABILITY ISSUES IS:because nearly all games are made with Nvidia cards, if games where made with Ati cards i'm sure Nvidia would have HELL driver prob's... BUT thats wat i think.

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

lol, u dumb nVidiot, we dont HAVE to download new drivers every 2 weeks, this is the 1st one that makes a difference since 4.0, and that was from beginning of 2004. and we're only 5-10fps slower on simmilar cards on nVidia games, but nVidia are alot slower or in case of Half-Life 2 they dont run at all on no nVidia games.

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

well i like the way ati release new drivers often. atleast if a game does have a problem i dont have to wait months for a fix.also there always seems to be an improvement in each new release, weather it is a small fps gain or something new to the control panel suck as temporal aa.and as an ex nvidia card owner i can honestly say i really didnt like their drivers. oftena new release would bring major problems to my older games

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

well i have never seen so much fighting over who is the best and what game sucks. i am going to put things straight with what we found to be true in ower rigs.what is the best card? well it is hard to say. it is just not a one answer but a whole picture that makes something good.we took a group of computers and ran test with a 6800 ultra (a friend got this when he picked up an alienware computer), x800 XT, 9800XT and an fx 5950. all we did was changed video cards but kept the same computer as is.some basic info on the computers: one barton 2500 (overclocked to 3200) one P4 2.4ghz (overclocked to 3ghz) both of these have 1024mb of ddr 333 ram and a 80gb 7200 rpm hard drive.one EE P4 3.4ghz, and one AMD 64 3400 (overclocked to a close 3800) both of these have 1536 MB of DDR 400 ram and a 74gb 10000 rpm hard drive.with most gamers the first group (who i belong to) will count the most, the second group are for people who have to much money (but i can honestly say the guys who own those rigs are down to earth).games used in test: farcry, doom 3 (with ati we did change the code for performance, we saw no visual effect change to believe that this was unfair), thief 3, homeworld 2, syberia 2 and need for speed underground.between the fx 5950 vs. the 9800xt, the 9800xt was by far the better of the two in both group one and two. but keep in mind we saw nothing wrong with the fx 5950 it just was not as good (visually or fps, when averaged with all of the games)now what we have been waiting for: the 6800 ultra vs. the x800 xt, this was at a split. in the barton 3200 and the p4 3ghz we found that the 6800 ultra was better in most cases. we believe that it is due to a cpu bottle neck problem. now when you go to the EE P4 3.4ghz and the AMD 64 3800 the x800 xt was a monster of a card. played everything at max settings with an average iq and at 1600 x 1200 (nfs underground could not go to 1600 X 1200 res. with any card).so the WINNER that was picked was the "680

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

continue:so the WINNER that was picked was the "6800 ultra". why? because the average highend user will be using a barton or P4 (non EE version) overclocked. the x800 xt really needs a high end cpu to shine, but the 6800 ultra worked well with the lower end cpu's. now again the x800 xp was far from being bad it was just not as good.so yes the x800 xt is the fastest thing out there but for a larger group who do not need to upgrade motherboards and cpu's the 6800 ultra was the champ.

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

very nice analysis, i didn't expect the 9800xt to pull away from the fx5950 in nVidia optimized games like thief 3 (it was designed for x-box to begin with), u should have used halo to see if that "the way it's meant to be played" stuff is really true. but like u said, they're pretty much the same.

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

Pimpin_whity;The Nvidia; The Way Its Meant To Be Played and the ATI; Get In The Game slogans are just marketing, they dont signify that a game should run better on one chipset than the other. Its just marketing, just like Pepsi and Nike and other stuff. Anyone that believes the hype and advertising is a sucker. The only way to see how the games play on ATI or Nvidia is to look at proper benchmark scores and read the forums - not company advertising

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

yes it is true, overclocking is not the same results as a true cpu at that speed (normally o.c. is a little bit slower), but if you use non-overclocked video cards on an overclocked cpu and tested them all the same the results are true. we ran the test from the barton 2500 to the 3200 overclocked (the same for the P4 2.4 ghz to the overclocked 3 ghz) and we saw that the performance would grow as you went up in cpu power, but did not see the big jump until we went to a P4 EE 3.4 ghz or the AMD 64 3400 (we o.c. the amd to give the p4 ee a run for it's money, due to the fact that the p4 ee went up against the fx 51 cpu; the AMD was also the best in the results) each 4 systems used the latest drivers and all of the games were set at the highest playable settings (which ever could run with more detail,eg: higher iq, game visual settings, res., and kept 30 fps would win) we ran the tests over and over again to be sure the results were right.here are some links to show you how overclocked cpu are compaired to regular one of the same level.[url removed] with most gamers (go to the forums and you will see) they use overclocked cpu's and overclocked video cards (again all results in our test were done with non-overclocked video cards) we want great gaming at a fraction of the cost.why did i only use high end stuff?? because that is where all of the fighting is being placed on. what card would be the best for you. yes if you own a 3.2 ghz p4 or higher cpu or an amd 64 3000 +, an ati x800xt is the best for you. but again the majority of gamers own an overclocked system and that is what we looked for, what card is the best for the largest group.unless you have the money and own those expensive systems (for most of you on this sight you do not have those systems) one day when you want performance you will also (with the right equipment) overclock your system.

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

6800 was so optimized for doom 3 it pisses me off. why does it run atleast twice as fast as any other grapics cards? and then with random other game benchmarks x800 rapes its little hole. what a piss stain. hl2 is going to be so toight.

ATI Catalyst 4.8 and Omega 2.5.67

you can increase your performance on doom 3 (for ati) by editing one file of the game.here is a link for the code change...[url removed] need winrar to open pak000.pk4 file and notepad to edit the lines. use winrar to save the file... oh ya, copy the pak000.pk4 file and paste somewhere before editing (if things go wrong you can always overwrite the edited one with the original).do not forget to do the vertical sync as well.this is not to hard but if you have no idea on how use a computer do not do this.

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