Tuesday, June 16th 2009

AMD Announces ATI Catalyst 9.6 Driver Suite

AMD announced the availability of ATI Catalyst version 9.6 driver suite, that provides driver support for ATI Radeon series graphics processors (driver version 8.62), Hydravision, AMD Southbridge/Chipset driver, and Catalyst Control Center (version 8.62). The new version brings along the following application-specific performance increments:
  • Company of Heores – performance gains of up to 25% for the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series, and performance gains of up to 10% for the ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series.
  • Crysis Warhead – performance gains of up to 11% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
  • Crysis – performance gains of up to 13% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
  • World in Conflict – performance gains of up to 30% for settings are were previously CPU limited.
The Linux version of this driver suite adds production support for SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) and SLED 11. It also provides early support for RedHat Enterprise Linux 4.8.
DOWNLOAD: ATI Catalyst 9.6 for Windows XP 32-bit | Windows 7/Vista 32-bit | Windows XP 64-bit | Windows 7/Vista 64-bit

Release Notes can be read here
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29 Comments on AMD Announces ATI Catalyst 9.6 Driver Suite

#1
Jizzler
Very nice! Now I just need to get my main box working again :banghead:
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#2
Tatty_One
Thanks, noticed this early this morning on ATi's site and downloaded it.
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#3
t_ski
Former Staff
I is sad, as this is first Cat download I dun need in long time :(
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#4
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Second adapter will now run at default minimum clock values, instead of custom
GPU clock values, without requiring the user to launch and exit the 3D game in full
screen mode
I thought this was fixed in 9.5? My rig showed min values on second core after boot with 9.5.
Or is this for multi-card solutions (vs single card, multi-GPU)?
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#5
csendesmark
Crysis – performance gains of up to 13% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
It's mean + 1FPS :D
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#6
Roph
Nice, CCC actually starts for me now instead of displaying its splash and then nothing else happening :)
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#7
ilpalmare
by: csendesmark
Crysis – performance gains of up to 13% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
It's mean + 1FPS :D
:rockout: 1 FPS good good good :roll:

This driver is very good, thanks Ati :toast:
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#8
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
Does anyone know if this cripples the 4850s like 9.5 did?
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#9
springs113
by: TheMailMan78
Does anyone know if this cripples the 4850s like 9.5 did?
from test results shown on other websites...the 9.6 betas that was out...better than the 9.5s...so my assumption is that these are the same...i still feel the 9.4 were probably the best though as the same results compared 9.4-9.6 and the 9.4 was shown to be a lil better in most cases.
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#10
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: springs113
from test results shown on other websites...the 9.6 betas that was out...better than the 9.5s...so my assumption is that these are the same...i still feel the 9.4 were probably the best though as the same results compared 9.4-9.6 and the 9.4 was shown to be a lil better in most cases.
I would like to see some new benches from the final release.
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#11
Kovoet
Thank you and works perfectly with Joint Operations
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#12
Easo
Well, not so bad.
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#13
xsever
Win 7

Does it work with Windows 7 or do we need to download that other set of drivers?
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#14
TheLaughingMan
yeah

by: ilpalmare
:rockout: 1 FPS good good good :roll:

This driver is very good, thanks Ati :toast:
Thait is a subjective figure. For 13% to be oh 1 FPS, your frame rate would have to be like 7 FPS. If your system is running at 7 FPS, then you need to adjust something else.

Now for the people running their stuff at say 50 FPS,this will give them +6.5 FPS. Not great, but better.
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#15
leonard_222003
This time i was curios to see if something changed
Crysis warhead on gamer and 1280x0124 gives me 46 fps average , from catalyst 8.11 to catalyst 9.6 this didn't changed too much , it gives me eighter 45 or 46 but it's nothing major.
In team fortress 2 the framerate changed
catalyst 9.5 and the best so far for source engine
15196 frames 118.939 seconds 127.76 fps ( 7.83 ms/f) 11.665 fps variability
this is on a custom demo made by me
and catalyst 9.6
15196 frames 135.555 seconds 112.10 fps ( 8.92 ms/f) 23.596 fps variability
the game is very cpu limited on my computer (e2180@3250), overclocking the card gives no framerate gain but it's intresting to see that catalyst 9.6 consumes a bit more cpu power than 9.5.
I kept 9.6 because the difference is neglijable.
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#16
csendesmark
by: TheLaughingMan
Thait is a subjective figure. For 13% to be oh 1 FPS, your frame rate would have to be like 7 FPS. If your system is running at 7 FPS, then you need to adjust something else.

Now for the people running their stuff at say 50 FPS,this will give them +6.5 FPS. Not great, but better.
that was a joke man....
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#17
r9
by: ilpalmare
:rockout: 1 FPS good good good :roll:

This driver is very good, thanks Ati :toast:
30 more driver releases and we gonna get playable FPS. :D
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#18
Delta6326
so whats this Hydravision? Ive heard of it but don't know what it does
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#19
imperialreign
by: Delta6326
so whats this Hydravision? Ive heard of it but don't know what it does
it's been around for a long time . . . pretty much, it's software that allows you to add visual effects to the desktop/windowed applications . . . like, making folders transparent, (IIRC) multiple desktops, and some other stuff I really don't remember . . .



Nice to see some more performance gains for Crysis . . . especially with xfire . . . but, y'know, if there was good ATI support from the developer, we wouldn't need to rely on driver releases :p
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#20
Mussels
Moderprator
someone take a screenshot of this build, so we can tell if its the same version as the leaked one.
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#21
jmcslob
so whats this Hydravision? Ive heard of it but don't know what it does
last time i used it was 2 years ago but it was a media side bar
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#22
Mussels
Moderprator
hydravision is multimonitor software.

lets you do stuff like extend the start menu across multiple screens.
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#23
jagass
Very nice...Thanks for the info...
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#24
baggpipes
I got 4670 can someone confrim this 25% Company of heroes? i mean its like 25% perf every driver release.
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#25
Mussels
Moderprator
the performance numbers are never explained. usually they give best-case numbers - so that 10FPS to 13FPS is now a 30% gain.


Ofc you play at 60FPS, and you'll get 63FPS... woooo.
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