Monday, January 1st 2007

ATI Catalyst 7.1 Beta for Window Vista Available

ATI Catalyst 7.1 Beta for Windows Vista Available
This is a beta version of the upcoming Catalyst 7.1 Radeon driver from ATI/AMD. We are sure a lot of people will be really pleased to see it. The revision build of this archive is 8.33 and should be an interesting driver for sure. I can not stress enough that this is a beta driver which is distributed by ASUS. You use it at your own risk.
Download: ATI Catalyst 7.1 Beta for Window Vista (91.6MB)Source: Guru3D
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12 Comments on ATI Catalyst 7.1 Beta for Window Vista Available

#4
overclocker
im buying vista and halo 3 when it comes out.
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#5
EastCoasthandle
Vista fan: "I love how all my gaming frame rates decrease..."
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#6
Bob The Fish
Acer is giveing me a copy for free becuase i have a windows Wista compable labtop that i purched in setember. Not that i am going to istall it, its the its free and i want all thing given to me free.
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#8
mout12
by: overclocker
im buying vista and halo 3 when it comes out.
halo3 is a console game. If you want a true PC game buy HL
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#9
OneCool
If anyone cares Crossfire works in Vista with this driver.
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#10
EastCoasthandle
But will it be the norm to have either CF or SLI in order to get any decent frame rates when using Vista...
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#11
Wile E
Power User
Nah, I'm sure we can take out some of the unnecessary overhead from Vista, when vLite releases. I'd be interested in seeing whether or not you can get it to run like XP, and retain full functionality.
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#12
Dehx
by: EastCoasthandle
Vista fan: "I love how all my gaming frame rates decrease..."
I ran some benchies.

My setup:

X1900XT, FX-60, 2 GB DDR400


Catalyst 6.11 in Windows XP
Css video stress test @ 1280x1024 no AA/AF : 176.5 fps

Catalyst 6.12 beta Windows Vista
Css video stress test @ 1280x1024 no AA/AF : 181.5 fps

Catalyst 7.1 beta Windows Vista
Css video stress test @ 1280x1024 no AA/AF : 215.3 fps

How about that? Ati's 2nd version of Vista RTM drivers and it whoops XP in the ass.

I think all of you sippers of haterade that have been looking at RC and Beta benchmarks in Vista need to look again once some RTM benchies come out. Cause I hated Vista and the 3d performance was dreadful. But when the final release was out, different story. Vista outperforms XP in every game I have thrown at it. Of course, that is for us ATI users, not sure about Nvidia seeing how they don't seem to have any decent Vista drivers out, and if they do they are probably crap. But ATI has been doing some serious work.

I honestly believe that this beta driver release shows how the driver model and hardware access in Vista is superior to XP.

Think hard about that, then actually test Vista out before you start trolling.
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