Friday, October 22nd 2010

AMD Announces Catalyst 10.10 WHQL Software

On the occasion of kick-starting its new generation of graphics processors, the Radeon HD 6800 series, AMD backed it up with the launch of [the first] AMD Catalyst, version 10.10 WHQL. The Catalyst software suite installs drivers for installed ATI/AMD Radeon graphics processors, AMD chipsets, as well as installs relevant system software. The major change of course is added official support for Radeon HD 6800 series GPUs, but also a big set of new features, namely support for Blu-ray 3D, Stereoscopic 3D powered by Dynamic Digital Depth (DDD) and iZ3D; AMD Catalyst Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology; added hardware video acceleration for HD WMV, and enahnced Dynamic Contrast video controls. It doesn't stop here, a boat-load of game and GPU-specific performance increments were announced, that covers a number of Radeon HD 5000 series GPUs, which are detailed below.

DOWNLOAD: ATI Catalyst 10.10 WHQL for Windows 7/Vista 64-bit, Windows 7/Vista 32-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows XP 64-bit

A detailed list of changes follows.

New Features
  • Introduction of AMD HD3D Technology
  • Blu-ray 3D support
    o This release of AMD Catalyst provides support for Blu-ray 3D playback
    o Requires Blu-ray 3D player software, 3D supported display and 3D Stereoscopic glasses
    o Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
  • Stereo 3D gaming support
    o This release of AMD Catalyst provides support for Stereo 3D gaming via 3rd party Stereo 3D Conversion Software from Dynamic Digital Depth (DDD) and iZ3D
    o Requires 3D supported display and 3D Stereoscopic glasses
    o Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
  • Introduction of AMD Catalyst Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology Edition
  • There will now be two variants of the AMD Catalyst package available:
    1. AMD Catalyst - includes the Direct3D, OpenGL, Display driver and AMD Catalyst Control Center components
    2. AMD Catalyst Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology Edition Edition (same as ATI Catalyst, but includes the OpenCL driver) - Everything found in AMD Catalyst, plus the OpenCL driver
  • Users can still grab all of the individual AMD Catalyst components as well (which will also include the OpenCL driver as well)
  • Video accleration for HD WMV video content
  • This release of AMD Catalyst provides video acceleration support for WMV HD (Microsoft video codec) under Windows 7
  • Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series of products
  • Enahnced Dynamic Contrast video controls
  • This release of AMD Catalyst enhances the Dynamic Contrast setting found in the Catalyst Control Center by adding support for histogram based detection
Performance Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 10.10 release include:
  • Metro 2033:
    o Performance increases up to 7% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series single and CrossFire configurations
    o Performance increases up to 8% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series single and CrossFire configurations
    o Performance increases up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series in DirectX 11 and 10 modes
    o Performance increases up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series in DirectX 11 and 10 modes
    o Performance increases up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series in DirectX 11and 10 modes
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. : Call of Pripyat Benchmark:
    o Performance increases up to 7% on single ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
  • Unigine Heaven:
    o Performance increases up to 9% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series single and CrossFire configurations with anti-aliasing enabled
    o Performance increases up to 8% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series single and CrossFire configurations with anti-aliasing enabled
  • World in Conflict:
    o Performance increases up to 9% on ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series
    o Performance increases up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series
  • Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 Benchmark:
    o Performance increases up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series single and CrossFire
    o Performance increases up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series single and CrossFire
    o Performance increases up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series
    o Performance increases up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series
    o Performance increases up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series
  • Crysis Warhead:
    o Performance increases up to 9% on Single ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products with anti-aliasing enabled
  • Far Cry 2:
    o Performance increases up to 7% on Single ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
For more information, refer to the Release Notes document.
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183 Comments on AMD Announces Catalyst 10.10 WHQL Software

#151
Unregistered
dam me and my aging HD 4850, i think its time to buy HD 6870? seeing you guys playing with MLAA make me jealous, i don't know if i can wait for next month for HD 6970
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#152
RejZoR
dir_d, post: 2066478"
So far MLAA hurts performance in two games for me, Dirt2 and COD4. Can anyone else confirm this?
When you find a feature that enhances something and boosts performance at the same time, don't forget to call me. Because that will never happen. Output cannot ever be the same as input. Not with cars, not with electricity, not with computers and not with graphics.
There are always some losses, degradations and so on. Even if we call it "free" antialiasing, this means the performance hit is negligible but not measurable. But, do you care about 2-3 FPS loss for MLAA or a 15 fps loss for a full FSAA mode?
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#153
dir_d
COD4 is a 100 fps loss maxing out 250 fps with MLAA off and with MLAA on having it max out at 150fps. I know its hacked and not perfect, im just stating this for others.
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#154
HalfAHertz
So the performance hit is close to 2-4xAA? How is the quality compared to 2xAA?
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#155
bear jesus
wahdangun, post: 2066546"
dam me and my aging HD 4850, i think its time to buy HD 6870? seeing you guys playing with MLAA make me jealous, i don't know if i can wait for next month for HD 6970
I know how you feel, i could not take it anymore and ordered 2 of them but luckly i used a buy now pay later deal so i still have the cash for a 6970 if they really wow me, although it kinda sucks as my cards won't be here for at least 3 days :cry: lol
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#156
regy13
68xx cards are just a marketing trick

there is reason for someone to buy a 6850 or 6870 just for the MAA. 6870 is just a mid end card similar to 5850. if someone was to buy a mid range card, then yes 6850 and 6870 is a very good solution. but gamers that had a 4870 and wanted to upgrade to a high end card, should better wait for the 69xx series which with the new numbering system are the new versions of 58xx.
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#157
Jstn7477
Finally, they fixed the HDMI scaling resetting every reboot. However, the evil cursor corruption bug still exists (unless I just needed to reboot my PC after installing the driver).
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#158
bear jesus
regy13, post: 2066785"
there is reason for someone to buy a 6850 or 6870 just for the MAA. 6870 is just a mid end card similar to 5850. if someone was to buy a mid range card, then yes 6850 and 6870 is a very good solution. but gamers that had a 4870 and wanted to upgrade to a high end card, should better wait for the 69xx series which with the new numbering system are the new versions of 58xx.
From what i am reading abotu it the new AA is pretty worth while if a 5/6xxx card is a viable option for an upgrade.
I agree with you in a way but he 6870 beats the 5850 in most games and the 5850 is a nice step up in power from a 4870 so the 6870 makes for a nice upgrade from a 4870, although i intended to get a single 6870 to hold me over untill the 6970 but the crossfire numbers are so great i could not resist.

But even with 2 6870's coming for me this week i'm still looking forward to the 6970 release :D to be honest i think the 6850, 6870, 6950 and 6970 will all be great cards but if you want a 6xxx card then it's all down to how much you can afford and how much self control you have (i have no self control and the ability to spend more money than i have :laugh:).... i think i had a point somewhere in this message but im too tierd to know anymore :laugh:
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#159
Unregistered
My guess is never to use MLAA in games that support native FSAA or MSAA like DiRT 2, F1 2010, etc.
Use it only with games that don't have any option for AA like most of the crappy console ports...
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#160
bear jesus
TAViX, post: 2066833"
My guess is never to use MLAA in games that support native FSAA or MSAA like DiRT 2, F1 2010, etc.
Use it only with games that don't have any option for AA like most of the crappy console ports...
I thought one of the major points for MLAA was it applys to edges that FSAA or MSAA can't, if so why use FSAA or MSAA alone when you could combine them with MLAA for even better removal of all jagged edges?
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#161
Unregistered
bear jesus, post: 2066749"
I know how you feel, i could not take it anymore and ordered 2 of them but luckly i used a buy now pay later deal so i still have the cash for a 6970 if they really wow me, although it kinda sucks as my cards won't be here for at least 3 days :cry: lol
yeah its feel really itchy, i never feel like this before AMD really win my heart with this MLAA, i hope i still have self control until HD 6970, if not maybe i will just end up buying two HD 6870 like you :p
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#162
t_ski
Former Staff
So, aside from the MLAA, this driver seems to be working for everybody? Seven pages and I think only one person said the driver was good.
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#163
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
t_ski, post: 2067113"
So, aside from the MLAA, this driver seems to be working for everybody? Seven pages and I think only one person said the driver was good.
I've noticed general performance improvements across the board since 10.7/10.8, I coudn't use 10.9 becuase they never realseased a mobility version of it, and since I need to use mobility drivers I have to wait for AMD to officially let 5k users have Morphological AA :(
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#164
dir_d
t_ski, post: 2067113"
So, aside from the MLAA, this driver seems to be working for everybody? Seven pages and I think only one person said the driver was good.
Yes the driver is great.
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#165
Mussels
Moderprator
i've had no problems with 10.10, although i quickly went to 10.10a (and again, no problems)
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#167
Mussels
Moderprator
10.10a are messing up starcraft II here, the 'range rings' for protoss pylons are missing/borked
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#168
63jax
someone help!!!:cry:
i get green screens in flash with 10.10 any solutions?:banghead:
Thanks
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#169
AphexDreamer
63jax, post: 2067281"
someone help!!!:cry:
i get green screens in flash with 10.10 any solutions?:banghead:
Thanks
Do a clean uninstall of 10.10 and reinstall 10.9.

Use driver sweeper in safe mode to be, well.... safe.
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#170
63jax
AphexDreamer, post: 2067287"
Do a clean uninstall of 10.10 and reinstall 10.9.

Use driver sweeper in safe mode to be, well.... safe.
i already reverted to 10.9 and works great, but i wanna use 10.10, that's where my problem lies in 10.10
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#171
AphexDreamer
63jax, post: 2067289"
i already reverted to 10.9 and works great, but i wanna use 10.10, that's where my problem lies in 10.10
Try uninstalling flash, then installing 10.10 then reinstalling flash.

Have no idea if that will work but it's something to try.

Or just install 10.10a see if that works for you.
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#172
Unregistered
bear jesus, post: 2066843"
I thought one of the major points for MLAA was it applys to edges that FSAA or MSAA can't, if so why use FSAA or MSAA alone when you could combine them with MLAA for even better removal of all jagged edges?
But I understand that the final image gets a little blurry and the textures washed...:confused:
#173
Volkszorn88
Honestly, I cba w/ 10.10, i'm still running on 10.5 (which imo are the best drivers atm for the 5800s). The way I look at it is, "if it ain't broken, don't fix it".
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#174
Bundy
I tried to install from steam with 10.4 installed, got BSOD on reboot and had to restore back to 10.4. Haven't time this week but maybe on the weekend I'll try to do a reinstall/install the long way and see if it works.
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#175
RejZoR
TAViX, post: 2067305"
But I understand that the final image gets a little blurry and the textures washed...:confused:
Actually it doesn't. If you use Wide or Narrow tent it gets noticeably blury. But with MLAA, i couldn't notice any blur on textures or overall image. So even if there is some blur i can't see it. Doing side by side image comparison, but that's just for technical standpoint, wouldn't prevent me from using MLAA as i'm happy with it's results.
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