Wednesday, March 5th 2008

ATI Catalyst 8.3 Available

The long awaited ATI Catalyst 8.3 is finally here! This driver package brings lots of new features, some of them being CrossFireX support, added Hybrid graphics support and full DirectX 10.1 compatibility.


ATI Catalyst 8.3 Release Notes Highlights
ATI Catalyst 8.3 for Windows XP/Vista 32/64-bitSource: AMD GAME
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50 Comments on ATI Catalyst 8.3 Available

#2
EastCoasthandle
Please make sure you uninstall the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable program found in "Add or Remove Programs" before install Cat 8.3. I have found 2 of them (yes, I found Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable found twice in Add or Remove Programs) installed on my computer. It appears they do not uninstall along with the rest of the drivers (not sure of Vista users).
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#3
InfDamarvel
by: EastCoasthandle
Please make sure you uninstall the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable program found in "Add or Remove Programs" before install Cat 8.3. I have found 2 of them installed on my computer. It appears they do not uninstall along with the rest of the drivers (not sure of Vista users).

What are you talking about? Im alittle confused, Ive never run into this problem with any other driver release. I clear all drivers with add and remove programs and them use driver cleaner. Are you saying cat 8.3 runs into problems with installing 2 Visual C++'s?
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#4
iron_gr
15% in Crysis dx10 :cool: :D
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#5
ghost101
On vista it shouldnt reinstall visual c++ if you have the latest version. catalyst 8.2 had the latest version.
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#6
EastCoasthandle
Anti-Aliasing Enhancements

This release of Catalystâ„¢ introduces anti-aliasing support for all Unreal Engine 3.0 based games (running in DirectX 9 mode). Users can enable Anti-Aliasing for titles such as Gears of War and Unreal Tournament 3 by simply enabling Anti-Aliasing within the ATI Catalystâ„¢ Control Center.
Did they forget:
-Frontline Fuels of War
-BioShock
-Medal of Honor: Airborne


And Future games like:
-Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (3-18-2008) (Ding-Ding)
-Tom Clancy's EndWar
-Huxley
-Turning Point: Fall of Liberty

They really need to let people know what kind of games to expect using their drivers for AA.
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#7
magibeg
Well, i think i'll install these bad boys and see if theres any improvement in crysis for me. Comeon huge increase ;)
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#8
erocker
by: magibeg
Well, i think i'll install these bad boys and see if theres any improvement in crysis for me. Comeon huge increase ;)
Mabye UT3 will work?!:)
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#9
Psychoholic
So i wonder if there is hardware tesselator support for the 2900 too. Better be, the tesselator IS there after all.
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#10
Ravenas
by: EastCoasthandle
Should Frontline Fuels of War be added to the list as it uses the Unreal 3 engine :wtf:
Were the old ATI drivers having problems running DX 9 games with AA turned on?
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#11
EastCoasthandle
by: Ravenas
Were the old ATI drivers having problems running DX 9 games with AA turned on?
Cat 8.3 is the first driver that allowed the use (force) of AA in unreal 3 engines as far as I know. This is big news as some (not sure which ones) of nvidia's cards were able to do it for sometime.
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#12
Whilhelm
These drivers drop my 3D mark 06 score by 2000 points :mad:
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#13
magibeg
by: erocker
Mabye UT3 will work?!:)
Maybe, but my crysis gained about 7fps, went from 18fps in the test to 25fps :-O
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#14
entilza
Installed, all good :)

3dmark06 never changed, I don't have any of those games listed as improved but it's always fun to get the latest monthly present from ATI.

I'm curious how people with an X2 and 3870 with triple GPU are enjoying these drivers.
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#15
Nitro-Max
well i lost fps in crysis and call of duty 4 running winsows xp. So far the best driver ive used is by Extreme G cat 8.2 optimized drivers.

Does Control panel have any impact on preformance? i might just run the 8.3 pannel.
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#16
TooFast
by: iron_gr
15% in Crysis dx10 :cool: :D
bs
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#17
entilza
Windows XP,

I now have AAA (Adaptive anti aliasing ) Problems in the witcher.. Graphic textures on sides of city sidewalks / grass transparent!

Let me know if anyone else is getting this, thanks
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#18
Nitro-Max
I only use ati ones till extreme g releases theres i swear by them for preformance.
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#19
Whilhelm
Anyone try using AA in any Unreal games because it does not work for me. So far
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#20
ghost101
Im seeing a ~5% increase in performance for dx9 crysis (1280*1024 all high using ingame benchmark). Unfortunately i dont have dx10 numbers to compare to.

I also notcied, that the benchmark is far smoother for dx9. I suspect, actual in game numbers may be better than 5%.

edit: for dx10, from memory (benchmarks done yesterday) there is a marginal (~2% improvement at best).
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#21
ShadowFold
Wow these are the drivers to have! most of my games got atleast a 5fps increase if not up to 10. I havent tried crysis I dont feel like installing it.
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#22
magibeg
by: ghost101
Im seeing a ~5% increase in performance for dx9 crysis (1280*1024 all high using ingame benchmark). Unfortunately i dont have dx10 numbers to compare to.

I also notcied, that the benchmark is far smoother for dx9. I suspect, actual in game numbers may be better than 5%.

edit: for dx10, from memory (benchmarks done yesterday) there is a marginal (~2% improvement at best).
I'm not sure why people didn't notice my score but crysis dx10 for me went from 18 to 25fps in the test. Not sure what all this talk of marginal increases is? Of course i may just be a small sampling.
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#23
ghost101
by: magibeg
I'm not sure why people didn't notice my score but crysis dx10 for me went from 18 to 25fps in the test. Not sure what all this talk of marginal increases is? Of course i may just be a small sampling.
Well, i was getting 25fps on all high 1280*1024 before this driver release. I went from 26.7fps on 8.2 to 27.0 on 8.3.

*using in game gpu benchmark

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for dx9 went from 32.2 to 33.8
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#24
DanishDevil
Don't have Crysis installed right now, but I just ran a quick 3DM06 run, and it jumped me about 80 points from the 8.1's :D
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#25
Nitro-Max
well even the gpu temps are reporting differrent from 8.2 to 8.3 in 8.3 they seem quite alot higher? my cards never sat at 59c idle. around 40c normally
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