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Old 22nd May 2008, 00:53   #1
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Icon17 AMD Catalyst 8.5 is now available

Highlights of the Catalyst 8.5 Windows release include:




Performance improvements
* Call of Juarez DX10 – Performance increases up to 12% on the ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series of products
* Lost Planet DX10 – Performance increases from 5 to 35% on the ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series of products.
* World in Conflict DX10 – Performance increases up to 25% on the ATI Radeon HD 3600 and ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products. Even greater gains are seen on the ATI Radeon HD 3870X2.
* Stalker DX9 – Performance increases by 20-50% when HDR is enabled in the game; across the ATI Radeon 3800 Series of products.
* Halo – Performance increases by 10-30% across all ATI Radeon graphics products.

New features

New display mode support
* This release of Catalyst™ introduces a number of display mode enhancements for the ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series, and ATI Radeon X1000 Series of products (configuration of these settings are adjusted in the Catalyst Control Center):

o SECAM TV-out support
o 1080p24 mode support
o 1080p Custom mode support for HDTVs (that support 60 Hz display modes) – users can configure their own custom 1080p modes to best fit their display.
Adaptive Anti-Aliasing – OpenGL support

* This release of Catalyst™ introduces Adaptive Anti-Aliasing support for OpenGL applications for the ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series, and ATI Radeon X1000 Series of products. Adaptive Anti-Aliasing substantially improves image quality by anti-aliasing transparent textures.
HDMI Audio for non-standard TV modes
* This release of Catalyst™ introduces support for HDMI Audio for all TV timing modes and non-standard (CEA 861b) TV modes. A dialog box will be shown to users when a non-standard TV mode is selected, asking if they would like to use HDMI Audio (in certain situations HDMI audio can get out of sync when running on a non-standard TV mode).
Windows XP Service Pack 3 support

* This release of Catalyst™ introduces WHQL certified support for Microsoft’s Windows XP Service Pack 3 update for all ATI Radeon Series products.


Resolved Issue highlights
* Clive Barker's Jericho: Corruption is no longer noticed when playing the game on a system containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 38x0 series of product and running the Windows Vista operating system.
* Crysis: Flickering shadow corruption no longer occurs in hallways of the ship when CrossFire™ is enabled.
* Gears of War: Launching the game under the 64 bit version of Windows Vista no longer results in momentary corruption of the desktop.
* Enemy Territory Quake Wars: Launch the game demo on a system containing an ATI Radeon™ X11x0 series of product and running the Windows Vista operating system no longer results in the operating system failing to respond.
* Hellgate: London: Flickering is no longer noticed when quitting and then relaunching the game when the in-game setting are set to their maximum levels.
* Stranglehold: The game no longer fails to load on systems running the Windows Vista operating system with default values enabled.
* Tabula Rasa: Setting the graphics option to enable Deferred Lighting and Dynamic Shadows no longer results in corruption being displayed.
* Team Fortress 2: Enabling CrossFire™ and playing the game on a system running Windows Vista no longer results in corruption being noticed.
* Tomb Raider Anniversary: Performance improvement is now noticed when playing the game with CrossFire™ enabled.

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