ATI Catalyst 4.10

ATI has released version 4.10 of its Catalyst driver suite for the Radeon family of graphics cards. This new version is a major update to the company's drivers with plenty of new features and many performance increases. ATI, using Doom 3 performance as a benchmark, reports performance increases in all its Radeon boards which range from 3 to 14 per cent.

New Features

Enhanced Rotation Support for Extended Desktop View

The CATALYST Software Suite 4.10 provides support for Rotation mode in extended desktop view. Currently rotation hotkeys are implemented for simultaneous view but are disabled when the system is in extended desktop mode. This feature will be supported under the Windows XP operating system and is supported on all currently shipping ATI Desktop products.

720p and 1080i HDTV Mode Support

The CATALYST Software Suite 4.10 introduces support for both 720p and 1080i HDTV mode for both CRTs and DFPs. A new properties tab labeled Troubleshoot is added to the ATI Classic Control Panel for both the FPD and Monitor properties page. The Troubleshoot tab will allow users to force 720p and 1080i modes.

CATALYST A.I.

CATALYST A.I. allows the driver to intelligently analyze applications and textures to maximize graphics performance and enhance stability while delivering the absolute highest visual quality

Performance Improvement

As with most CATALYST releases performance has increased in various situations. The following performance gains are noticed in the game Doom3:

Performance improves 5 to 8 per cent on the ATI RADEON 9500 PRO product
Performance improves approximately 5 per cent on the ATI RADEON 9600 XT
Performance improves 5 to 9 per cent on the ATI RADEON 9700 PRO
Performance improves 4 to 6 per cent on the ATI RADEON 9800 PRO
Performance improves approximately 4 per cent on the ATI RADEON 9800 XT when using higher resolutions
Performance improves 3 to 14 per cent on the ATI RADEON X800 PRO
Performance improves 5 to 8 per cent on the ATI RADEON X800 XT
Performance improves approximately 3 per cent on the ATI RADEON X300 product
Performance improves approximately 4.4 per cent on the ATI RADEON X600 product

Issues Resolved in CATALYST Display Driver Version 4.10

City of Heros: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON 9700 PRO installed no longer results in the game failing to respond.
Doom3: disabling the object buffers within the game results in the game failing to respond
Doom3: game corruption is no longer noticed when playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON X800 XT installed, with low or medium quality settings and the image is no longer dark if playing the game with high quality mode settings.
Enigmo: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON 7000 installed no longer results in textures missing from objects that are displayed in the game.
F1 Challenge: A performance decrease is no longer noticed under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON X800 PRO installed
Ground Control II: Display corruption is no longer seen in the water's reflection when playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON 7200.
Homeworld 2: Launching the game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON X800 XT installed no longer results in corruption being displayed during the opening cinematics and the game failing to respond
Joint Operation Typhoon Rising: The game is now working properly when AntiAliasing and full screen effects are set to high
Psychotoxic: Launching the game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON X800 series installed no longer results in and ATI VPU Recover failure.
Psychotoxic: The game no longer fails to start when attempting to launch the game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition installed.
Psychotoxic: Attempting to start a new game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON 9700 PRO installed, results in the game failing to load
Spiderman2: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON 7500 installed no longer results in flashing textures and missing shadows.
Spell Force: Setting the game options to 1024x768 16bpp, anisotropic filter 2x, texture quality high, and shadow type very high no longer results in shadow effect corruption under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON 9200 series installed.
Starwars: X-Wing Alliance: Display corruption is no longer seen when playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON 9250 installed.
Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc: Display corruption is no longer noticed when playing the game under Windows XP.
Playing games such as StarTrek Elite Force, Serious Sam SE, Vulpine GLMark, Call Of Duty, and Savage no longer results in the games failing to respond when being played under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON 9550 or 9600 series installed.
Installing the ATI Display Driver no longer results in display corruption being seen on the top portion of the HDTV display when an ATI RADEON X800 is installed.
Installing the ATI display driver under Windows XP with an ATI RADEON X800 SE no longer results in display corruption appearing on the HDTV connected to the adapter after the reboot.
The display adapter information is now reported correctly for the ATI RADEON X800 series.
Attempting to play a Java based game or visit a Java based website no longer results in display corruption under Windows XP when either an ATI RADEON 9800 SE or RADEON X800 XT Platinum card is installed and AA is enabled
Dragging the MS Media Player over to the secondary monitor no longer results in overlay not being available, if SURROUNDVIEW is enabled

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