Wednesday, April 8th 2009

ATI Catalyst 9.4 Released

AMD have just released their ATI Catalyst 9.4 Driver for Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.4 Windows release include:

New Features
  • ATI Catalyst 9.4 includes a new ATI Overdrive auto-tune application to estimate the over-clocked engine and memory values for ATI Overdrive supported ATI Radeon Graphics accelerators
  • Designed for the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series
Resolved Issue Highlights
  • "World of Warcraft" or "World of Warcraft - Wrath of the Lich King": Flickering no longer occurs when Shadow is set to medium/high using ATI CrossFire configurations
  • Google Sketchup no longer displays blank screen
  • Resolutions above 1024 x 768 will now full screen properly for specific HDMI displays
  • Artifacts no longer visible while playing Age of Conan DX10
  • VC-1 progressive disc playback no longer exhibits block corruption.
  • The Compute Abstraction Layer (CAL) driver now functions properly under Windows XP
DOWNLOAD: ATI Catalyst version 9.4 for Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64-bit versions)
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183 Comments on ATI Catalyst 9.4 Released

#1
troyrae360
I gained about 300 3dmark 6 points :)
but here again i lost about 200 when i installed 9.3
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#2
Hybrid_theory
Ugh, had to disable catalyst ai to get rid of vantage artifacts. Before, having it disabled caused these artifacts... weird
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#3
BrooksyX
Nope still didn't fix my issues. Back to 9.1 for me.
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#4
SparkyJJO
What issues?

I'm on 9.2 right now. 9.1 was a little odd for me, couldn't put a finger on it but there was just something off. But other than that I really haven't had any problems with any drivers.
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#5
JATownes
by: Ketxxx
Unless you use another app for it, people install CCC to be able to monitor temps, set AA & AF, multi monitor setups, OC their card(s), and in the case of HD4k owners use CCC to set fan speeds.
The best reason for CCC IMHO. :toast:
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#6
SparkyJJO
by: JATownes
The best reason for CCC IMHO. :toast:
except CCC won't let me go over 790 on my 4870 :rolleyes:
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#7
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Hybrid_theory
Ugh, had to disable catalyst ai to get rid of vantage artifacts. Before, having it disabled caused these artifacts... weird
thats a known crossfire problem. You have to reboot between enabling/disabling crossfire.
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#8
Hybrid_theory
by: Mussels
thats a known crossfire problem. You have to reboot between enabling/disabling crossfire.
Thanks, a reboot did the trick. It's running right now. 3dmark 06 gained me back the 700 points i lost in 9.3. hopefully vantage will go up as well.
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#9
BrooksyX
by: SparkyJJO
What issues?

I'm on 9.2 right now. 9.1 was a little odd for me, couldn't put a finger on it but there was just something off. But other than that I really haven't had any problems with any drivers.
I have my bios modded at 700 core & 1000 mem for my 4830. Every CCC release after 9.1 downclocks my 4830 to 585 core & 900 mem. I can't OC the card with any program at all (CCC, Riva tune, etc).
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#10
Mussels
Moderprator
I've gone up 400PPD in F@H with these over 9.3
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#11
eidairaman1
I believe one thing tho is most of those Cards that are PCI Express actually will probably become part of the AGP Hotfix Suite as Radeon 9k some models of the Radeon X*** and then X**** are AGP while the rest are PCI Express.
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#12
wiak
by: Steevo
Yayy, still no H.264 support for vista, and or Avivo dosn't even work on the X64 OS's.



So I purchased this for playing games only, not for transcoding my high def camcorder files to send to my parents like they advertised.


BAD ATI.....BAD.


Fix it.
you can use Cyberlinks software to encode using ATI GPU
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#13
Hayder_Master
this is the an expect good driver for 4xxx from ATI , but i expect it come with havok physics
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#14
Steevo
by: wiak
you can use Cyberlinks software to encode using ATI GPU
So when I paid $549 for a X1800XT new, and it worked fine with the software provided, then to a 3870, and it worked fine, and now to a 4850, and it doesn't work on operating systems out in mass, I should have to buy another piece of software, (that fucks with my canon transfer and editing software) to make something advertised work?


Nothign against you, this rant is about ATi and their software support. If I pay a grand for a high definitino camera that supports the files natively, and alot of money for a all AMD/ATI system, their shit should work. Not, mebey, or only for users with XP-X86. But for the new operating system that has been out for ohh 2.5 years or so, it should be supported.
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#15
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Steevo
So when I paid $549 for a X1800XT new, and it worked fine with the software provided, then to a 3870, and it worked fine, and now to a 4850, and it doesn't work on operating systems out in mass, I should have to buy another piece of software, (that fucks with my canon transfer and editing software) to make something advertised work?


Nothign against you, this rant is about ATi and their software support. If I pay a grand for a high definitino camera that supports the files natively, and alot of money for a all AMD/ATI system, their shit should work. Not, mebey, or only for users with XP-X86. But for the new operating system that has been out for ohh 2.5 years or so, it should be supported.
what are you looking for again? i can find links for AviVo video conversion software on the ATI site, for vista x64
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#16
ShadowFold
by: hayder.master
this is the an expect good driver for 4xxx from ATI , but i expect it come with havok physics
Wait a month or two ;)
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#17
shagg
by: human_error
I'm still getting the code 43 error with my 4870x2 not running one core :/ Getting fed up with this problem now..

oh well back to the 8.11s until ati releases the promised hotfix drivers for this problem later this week...
I know its a shameful copout. But I reinstalled vista64 and was able to get rid of that code 43 error. running asus m3a32mvp, phenom 9600, and 2 hd3870 crossfire.
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#18
adrianx
still no avivo ... support...:) :P
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#19
Voyager
by: my_name_is_earl
For some reason ATI hasn't release Avivo package in a couple of release for Vista. It worries me because I watches alot of BR title and ATI is keeping me hanging. Don't know when they even bother to update the Avivo package.
But it seems available for Vista 32-bit
ATI Catalyst™ 9.4 Optional Downloads for Windows Vista (32 bit)
Avivo Video Converter* (?) 18.8MB 9.4 4/8/2009 Avivo™ Package
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#20
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Voyager
But it seems available for Vista 32-bit
and x64?


what am i missing here?
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#21
Voyager
I believe You don't need "Avivo™ Package" to watch Blue Ray titles.

The driver already supports decoding of them.

"Avivo™ Package" is used to encode or re-encode videos.

Here is a program that can check HD decoding availability DXVAChecker

In Decoder Device tab it should contain these:

ModeH264_VLD_NoFGT

ModeVC1_VLD


*VLD = Variable-Length Decoder
*FGT = Film Grain Technology
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#22
Hayder_Master
by: ShadowFold
Wait a month or two ;)
ok dude we wait for ATi strike :toast:
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#23
air_ii
by: Steevo
So when I paid $549 for a X1800XT new, and it worked fine with the software provided, then to a 3870, and it worked fine, and now to a 4850, and it doesn't work on operating systems out in mass, I should have to buy another piece of software, (that fucks with my canon transfer and editing software) to make something advertised work?


Nothign against you, this rant is about ATi and their software support. If I pay a grand for a high definitino camera that supports the files natively, and alot of money for a all AMD/ATI system, their shit should work. Not, mebey, or only for users with XP-X86. But for the new operating system that has been out for ohh 2.5 years or so, it should be supported.
You can install AVIVO video converter on Vista x64 and it works fine. It just doesn't use the GPU acceleration for encoding. I've done some thorough testing in this regard on both XP32 and Vista64 and the GPU acceleration does very little, if anything at all. There was no significant speed difference between the two OS's. And that's just on top of the fact that the converter is an utter crap. Speed is amazing, quality is very poor.

As discussed on another forum, the GPU is not used for encoding as such (on any OS), it is merely used for geometry calculations, which is only a small part of the encoding process.

To sum up, if you find the quality of the converter satisfactory, you can still use it under Vista64 no problem. It's still very, very fast. As far as I can tell, the quality in Badaboom is almost equally poor. So if it's quality you're after, then invest in some decent CPU and use x264.

OT: I wouldn't say that Vistax64 is out in mass...
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#24
ilpalmare
The chipset xpress1150 present in motherboard is not supported by catalyst 9.4
but stop to catalyst 9.3 :)
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#25
TreadR
That was only an inf compare... if you edit the inf to add your card you _might_ be able to use the new drivers.
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