Wednesday, January 27th 2010

ATI Catalyst 10.1 Driver Suite Released

AMD today released the ATI Catalyst 10.1 driver suite, this year's first. The suite provides drivers and system software for ATI Radeon products (including Radeon HD 5900, 5800, 5700, 5600, HD 4000 series), AMD 7-series chipsets, All-in-Wonder, and Theater multimedia products. The new set of drives brings in application-specific performance improvements, OS and application bug-fixes, and new features. Notable ones are listed below:
  • Left 4 Dead 2 – Overall performance improves as much as 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 series products and ATI Radeon HD 5800 series products
  • Crysis – Performance improves as much as 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 series products and as much as 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 series products
DOWNLOAD: ATI Catalyst 10.1 WHQL for Windows 7/Vista 32-bit | Windows 7/Vista 64-bit | Windows XP 32-bit | Windows XP 64-bit

For a complete list of changes specific to your OS, refer to the Release Notes document.
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113 Comments on ATI Catalyst 10.1 Driver Suite Released

#1
DonInKansas
The fix to keep the mouse cursor from getting uberhuge will be nice for me; that's been pissing me off in 7. Will report back when I get time to install.
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#2
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
still waiting for my other 4870 to return from RMA - Might install the 10.1's then otherwise theres not really much point as its working fine in my games so far.

been told my 4870 will be back next week sometime. hopefully it will BE a 4870 & not a 5770.....
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#3
Sasqui
Not a crazy lot of much in this package.

I'm still on 9.11 since 9.12 produced a noticable performance drop in OpenGL and some DirectX apps.

Hope to see some benchies of 10.1 against 9.11 and 9.12
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#4
mikek75
What happened to the rumoured editable Crossfire profiles? NFS Shift still flickers the headlights in crossfire mode, been an issue since 9.11 (9.10 it works fine but isn't compatable with Dirt 2)...
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#5
erocker
mikek75 said:
What happened to the rumoured editable Crossfire profiles? NFS Shift still flickers the headlights in crossfire mode, been an issue since 9.11 (9.10 it works fine but isn't compatable with Dirt 2)...
Probablly will be in 10.2 or 10.3. Doesn't seem like there is much new with 10.1's. 9.12's (no hotfix) have been perfect for me. I'll try these, but if I run in to any problem I know I always have 9.12's to fall back on.
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#6
20mmrain
Well I did some preliminary benching and I didn't get any performance gains. I will post my findings when I am done doing the whole sets of benches I do.

But to start with..... I am finding around about a 200 pint drop in Futuremark Vantage and 3D06.

I am willing to take the cut if it's for stability only time will tell on that! But hopefully someone else will post their findings when they get them to see if I am right.

Happy Benching guys!!! Be back with screen shots later.

Also want to add I am noticing a performance gain in Crysis and Left 4 dead 2. Crysis for me preliminary findings are that I am gaining a lot more than 4%. So far it just feels smoothers and I notice an increase of about 3 to 4 FPS@ 1680x1050. Left 4 dead 2 though It's hard to say. Because the card can handle it with out problem anyway. But with vsync off..... I notice that it stays the same. But it does seems to run smoother in parts.

Again this is with a single 5870@900/1300 Res: 1680x1050
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#8
Easo
Almost nothing for me, gah.....
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#9
Wshlist
"Known issues under all windows operating systems:
Intermittent grey screen or vertical line corruption my randomly appear on the screen."

That's real pro, and it seems MS thinks that's a-OK and WHQL that kind of drivers.

And yeah those cursor issues even happen on older windows I can inform you.
I'm not sure I'll try these drivers yet, I certainly don't expect them to work, working drivers are rare with ATI on 64bit windows systems, but you never know, it's like rolling dice and hoping for snake-eyes, can happen.

Oh incidentally, when I tried 'optional components' I got a screen full of errors, every month they screw up the webpage download section somehow, but at least they fix it within a day I guess you should tell yourself, it another sign of being real pro though.

" Close
The server tried to do what you asked of it but it seems to have failed. The error was
System.Web.HttpException: Error executing child request for handler 'System.Web.UI.Page'. ---> System.Web.HttpUnhandledException: Exception of type 'System.Web.HttpUnhandledException' was thrown. ---> System.NullReferenceException:"
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#10
20mmrain
Update First pic is from 9.12 Hot fix CCC My scores were about 100points higher on average.

i5@3.6 with single 5870 @900/1300 P17912 (Highest P18578 lowest P17790) Out of ? runs?



Now here is a pic of my score at the same settings on 10.1 CCC.....P17857(Final run).....(Highest P17902 Lowest P17755) Out of 5 runs.


Here is my current score on 3Dmark06 with 10.1 CCC Drivers.... 22405 (Last Run) out of 3 runs



My old score was averaging about 22600 on the 9.12CCC drivers ... I am sorry but I can't find my pics of those.

Overall conclusion though for me..... is that I am finding that the games I have tested are running more smoothly. I haven an increase in Crysis of about 1 to 2 FPS.(I over estimated before with 4 to 5) I have also seen a small but not real noticeable increase of Left 4 dead 2.

While there was no planned increase in Dirt 2 I seems to be getting a small but barley noticeable increase there as well. About 1 to 2 FPS.

These tests are done on the 10.1 CCC drivers that came out today. They are short term done tests. They were done on my computer with the specs of

Intel i5 750 @3.6
MOB EVGA P55 LE
Diamond ATI HD5870@900/1300
2xWestern Digital 500GIG HDD 7200RPM 32MB cache
Corsair 750TX
G.Skill Ripsaw @1442MHz 9-9-9-24-74 CMD-1T

Resolution 1680x1050

They seems to be more stable for me. I know it just might be my mind playing tricks on me.... but things seem to be running smoother. If that turns out to be true..... I am to stay the same on performance in trade for stability!
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#11
Wshlist
I don't get why everybody always focuses on speed improvements in games, or 100 more 3Dmarks, with ATI it's about if they run without crashing or messing up your screen or your videos are watchable or your cursor isn't insanely huge or your secondary displays work, and/or if OpenGl works and if OpenCl works and if DirectCompute works, those are the damn issues not 100 more freaking 3dmarks, the speed (with DX) is fine.. if they work at all.

When Is say everybody I mainly mean sites that do a test of new drivers, my rant wasn't exactly directed at fellow posters, sorry if it felt I was lashing out.
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#12
Exeodus
What a waste of a update, will definitely wait for 10.2
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#13
20mmrain
I don't get why everybody always focuses on speed improvements in games, or 100 more 3Dmarks, with ATI it's about if they run without crashing or messing up your screen or your videos are watchable or your cursor isn't insanely huge or your secondary displays work, and/or if OpenGl works and if OpenCl works and if DirectCompute works, those are the damn issues not 100 more freaking 3dmarks, the speed (with DX) is fine.. if they work at all.
If you notice though I also comment on the stability. I don't go into specifics but I do comment that I found them to be much more smooth running on games.

I will admit that I have not run movies yet or online videos but for gaming.... I am finding them to be less choppy and running more smoothly!

I enjoy benching..... so that is what I report on. If you don't well........ then run tests on the other options and test them yourself. Don't count on someone else to do it for you. I am sure lots of others are out there like you. Who are all waiting to hear what these drivers can do in those areas!
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#15
20mmrain
EastCoasthandle
Thanks for posting that at least I know now that it must be some setting changes that I have done to get my improvements.

Although you went up a smig in your AVG FPS with the 10.1. But for me man I am telling yah I am getting way better FPS.

Of course I am eyeballing it instead of running the bench like you are:) I am going to download the bench right now and run it too be sure:)

Edit:
Well I did run the benchmark..... for some on reason the screen shots aren't turning out right so I can't show up that but...... I was wrong for me it is closer to 1 to 2 FPS improvement! So I will change that.
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#16
Scrizz
I haven't had any problems with ATI drivers in x64.
will try these when i get home.
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#17
Boneface
Im just happy my movies play right on MPC.
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#18
Wshlist
Scrizz said:
I haven't had any problems with ATI drivers in x64.
will try these when i get home.
You are lying, and yes I put that plainly since even ATI themselves admitted to many issues (not to mention their users), it's like claiming your windows98 didn't have any vulnerabilities, just so impossible that it cannot be anything but a lie, or a sarcastic joke?
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#19
Hazar
what about forced AF?

Dragon Age work fine?.. now i'm using Catalyst 9.10
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#20
Mussels
Moderprator
Exeodus said:
What a waste of a update, will definitely wait for 10.2
agreed. i was shitting my pants in excitement over crossfire profiles fixing my flickering issues in some games.

Wshlist said:
You are lying, and yes I put that plainly since even ATI themselves admitted to many issues (not to mention their users), it's like claiming your windows98 didn't have any vulnerabilities, just so impossible that it cannot be anything but a lie, or a sarcastic joke?
Thats rather rude.

i too have few issues in win 7 x64 - with just the one GPU, i'm completely problem free. my multi GPU problems are due to crossfire on intel chipsets, hardly AMD's fault.
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#21
erocker
Wshlist said:
You are lying, and yes I put that plainly since even ATI themselves admitted to many issues (not to mention their users), it's like claiming your windows98 didn't have any vulnerabilities, just so impossible that it cannot be anything but a lie, or a sarcastic joke?
No problems here using 9.12's and CrossFire. Not joking, no lie.
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#23
DRDNA
Scrizz said:
I haven't had any problems with ATI drivers in x64.
will try these when i get home.
Me either;)

Wshlist said:
You are lying, and yes I put that plainly since even ATI themselves admitted to many issues (not to mention their users), it's like claiming your windows98 didn't have any vulnerabilities, just so impossible that it cannot be anything but a lie, or a sarcastic joke?
Let me lie then too, because besides a weird anomaly in Dirt2 on one particular corner some odd stutter I have had no issues, that i can remember...I am testing the 10.1's now.I have however had different bench results with ATI and the CCC's but normally everything is ok...oh ya besides that time i had to wait for the Avivo package back about a year ago alls been very respectable!:toast:
Hazar said:
what about forced AF?

Dragon Age work fine?.. now i'm using Catalyst 9.10
I have no issues with the below...soo far.


Testing Blu ray next ...and oh yes Avivo converter working well!
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#24
dcf-joe
+1 for not having any problems with x64 drivers. I can say, without lying, that I have never had any problems with ATI graphics drivers, ever. I can say that I do wait for reviews and comments before I ever install a new driver, because to me reinstalling gpu drivers correctly is one of the most tedious things to do on the planet, so I don't do them often.

So, mathematically, since I have used so few drivers, maybe I am lucky and have never chanced upon a buggy driver:)
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#25
DRDNA
Blu-ray working well ...tested with CyberLink PowerDVD
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