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ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER

"ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER REVIEW WE ARE TESTING THE PERFORMANCE CLAIMS BY ATI FOR DOOM 3, QUAKE 4 AND PREY WHEN USED WITH X1800 VIDEO CARD. ATI CLAIMS THAT THE CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER GIVE A PERFORMANCE INCREASE OF 6.5% WITH DOOM 3, 18% WITH QUAKE 4 AND 16% WITH PREY."
ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER
As with most Catalyst releases, performance has increased in various situations.
Improved shader compiler and transform engine optimizations have led to many significant performance gains in OpenGL applications across the entire Radeon X1000 series of products.
Doom 3 performance improves as much as 6.5%.
Quake 4 (v1.2 or higher) performance improves as much as 18%.
Chronicles of Riddick performance improves as much as 20%. Average improvements of 5-10% are commonly seen.
Prey performance improves as much as 16%.
Optimizations made to ATI's graphics memory manager have led to significant gains in DirectX applications that make heavy use of graphics memory on 256MB ATI graphics cards.
3DMark06 performance improves as much as 22% on single ATI Radeon X1000 series cards with 256MB of graphics memory at 1280x1024 and higher when anti-aliasing is enabled. The largest gains are found on the ATI Radeon X1800 series and ATI Radeon X1900 series of products.
Call of Duty 2 performance improves as much as 30% on single ATI Radeon X550 cards or higher with 256MB of video memory at 1280x1024 and higher when anti-aliasing enabled. The largest gains are found on the ATI Radeon X1800 series and ATI Radeon X1900 series of products."
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GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

VIDEO CARD SAPPHIRE RADEON X1800 GTO
ATI DRIVER ATI CATALYST v6.8
ATI CATALYST v6.7
PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON64 3500
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA 2
MEMORY 2 x 512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0C

MEDIUM QUALITY

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER96
ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER94

HIGH QUALITY

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER61
ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER58

ULTRA HIGH QUALITY

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER38
ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER36

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER

COMMENT "The CATALYST v6.8 driver delivers a solid performance increase of between 3% to 5% over the previous Catalyst v6.7 driver."

MEDIUM QUALITY

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER85
ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER65

HIGH QUALITY

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER41
ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER34

ULTRA HIGH QUALITY

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER31
ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER27

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER

COMMENT "The CATALYST v6.8 driver delivers an impressive increase in performance over the Catalyst v6.7 driver of between 13% to 24%. Sapphire Radeon x1800 GTO was struggling to provide playable performance using high quality settings with the older Catalyst v6.7 driver. Using the CATALYST v6.8 driver Sapphire Radeon x1800 GTO is now playable when using high quality and almost playable when using ultra high quality."

QUAKE 4

MEDIUM QUALITY

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER120
ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER89

HIGH QUALITY

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER103
ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER70

ULTRA HIGH QUALITY

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER87
ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER56

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER

COMMENT "I thought the performance increase with Prey was impressive but the increase with Quake 4 is much better. The CATALYST v6.8 driver delivers a breathtaking increase of between 26% to 36% when compared to the Catalyst v6.7 driver. I couldn't believe the performance increase with the CATALYST v6.8 driver so I reinstalled both of the drivers but the result was the same."

FINAL RESULT

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER673
ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER540 (-20%)

ATI CATALYST v6.8 DRIVER ATI CATALYST v6.7 DRIVER

COMMENT "Claims by ATI of a performance increase with the CATALYST v6.8 driver for Doom 3, Prey and Quake 4 have been proven. The CATALYST v6.8 driver delivered 20% extra performance compared to the older Catalyst v6.7 driver which is impressive. Good work ATI!"
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