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Catalyst Control Center Component Video
This release of Catalyst™ introduces 480i and 480p support. These formats will be found in the pre-defined component video format list found in the Catalyst™ Control Center->Component Video->Advanced page.

ATI Graphics Driver Un-install Enhancement
This release of Catalyst™ introduces an update to the ATI un-install utility. The utility now pop up dialogue box to show two options to the end user,

* Remove ATI Radeon™ graphics software, leave chipset software (RECOMMENDED).
* Completely remove all ATI/AMD (Graphics/Chipset) software.

SECAM TV Out Support
This release of Catalyst™ introduces support within the graphics driver to enable TV output adhering to the SECAM standard.

1080p HDTV custom mode
This release of Catalyst™ 1080p HDTV display mode. This feature will be available for display devices that use an HDMI connector and is available under the Windows XP and Vista operating systems.

HDMI Audio for non-standard TV modes
This release of Catalyst™ introduces HDMI audio support for all TV timing modes and non-standard (CEA 861b) TV modes. If a non-standard mode is used, on initial connection to the TV, a pop-up notification should let the user know that the audio may be out of sync. A UI allows for the audio to be disabled by the user if desired. The UI in Catalyst™ Control Center would show the list of TV timing modes (both standard and non-standard) and the capability to enable audio for a given mode.

Adaptive AA on OpenGL for Catalyst Control Center
This release of Catalyst™ introduces Adaptive AA for Orca Driver, geometry for alpha tested objects are now submitted multiple times to the hardware using the multi-sample mask feature to update one sample at a time in the frame buffer using centroid sampling. With each pass of the sampling position for textures is shifted to be at the location of the sample that is being updated in that pass.

1080p24 Mode Support
This release of Catalyst™ introduces 1080p24 mode support This feature will be available for display devices that use an HDMI connector and is available under the Windows XP and Vista operating systems.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 support
This release of Catalyst™ introduces WHQL certified support for Microsoft's Windows XP Service Pack 3 update for all ATI Radeon™ Series products.


Performance Improvements
The following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst™.

* Call of Juarez DX10: Performance increases up to 12% on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 3xx0 series of product
* Halo: Performance increases by 10-30% across all of the supported ATI Radeon™ series of products
* Lost Planet DX10: Performance increases from 5 to 35% on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ HD 3xx0 series of product
* Stalker DX9: Performance increases by 20-50% when HDR is enabled in the game; across all ATI Radeon™ HD38x0 series of products
* World in Conflict DX10: Performance increases up to 25% on systems containing an ATI Radeon™ HD36x0 and/or an ATI Radeon™ 38x0 series of product. Higher performance gains are noticed on systems contianing an ATI Radeon™ 3870x2 series of product

Cat 8.5
 
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Halo? Like, the first Halo?

A little late to that party... :laugh: Ah well, at least my 9600pro will get some kind of performance boost out of it
 
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i get
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anyway, i think i beated the news editor lalalal :D
 
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Stalker DX9: Performance increases by 20-50% when HDR is enabled in the game; across all ATI Radeon™ HD38x0 series of products
WOW. A serious wow. That's impressive.

Let's hope 8.5 is more AGP friendly, esp. 3850 series.
 
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Thats a big claim, lets see if it is actually true.
 

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I never did install the 8.4s I downloaded, not sure if they were worth installing, but Im definitely gonna install these.
 
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Woo I can finally get HD Audio going with out the HD 3450 in my HTPC :rockout:
 

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Anyone with a 2900XT to test openGL?
 
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w00t! Performance increase in STALKER!!! (not like crossfire 3870s on an Intel quad need it :laugh:)


getting to the DL now :toast: :rockout:
 

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Installed and so far so good. 100 point increase in 3DMark 06. Gonna run more tests, I'm interested to see if the WIC performance increase is true.
 

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It installed fine on my 3850AGP. Ok here is the trick:

1./ DONT uninstal the old driver
2./ Just install the *drivers* not CCC on top of existing
3./ Reboot, then turn up hardware acceleration

Done

RESULTS SO FAR:

1./ Lightsmark 2007, up +12%
2./ Open Furmark, 3337 to 3344 (nothing much)
3./ Aquamark, no change
4./ 3Dmark06, no change worth mentioning. Stock 10,299. Overclock 11,663 *


* I hate doing the 3Dmark benchmarks. They take SO LONG to do. Wish they would do something a little bit more zippy.
 
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It installed fine on my 3850AGP. Ok here is the trick:

1./ DONT uninstal the old driver
2./ Just install the *drivers* not CCC on top of existing
3./ Reboot, then turn up hardware acceleration

Done

RESULTS SO FAR:

1./ Lightsmark 2007, up +12%
2./ Open Furmark, 3337 to 3344 (nothing much)
3./ Aquamark
4./ 3Dmark... wait a minute
Awesome sauce!

I'll see if it works considering I've had to reinstall Vista.

>.<

Looking forward to hearing about your 3DMark score.
 
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How good is Cat 8.5 with OpenGL? There is a program called GLSL Parser Test Source Code which does a quick test of 186 items to assure they all pass. The results all appear to be driver related so it's worth it to see if this Cat release passes all of them.

Side note: Is there a similar program for Directx?
 

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Well I tried what lemonadesoda said, but it doesn't seem to have updated my drive set.

:(
 
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Unlucky. The best tip I can offer is to boot into "safe mode with VGA". In this mode stip old ATI drivers, (drivercleaner). Then install new 8.5 drivers. Then reboot. Then turn on troubleshooting hardware acceleration.
 
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where's tski? has anyone tried 4 gpu performance?
I've been busy swapping out the motherboard I just bought from you :laugh:

But I do have them installed and running. Hopefully I'll do some benches later tonight.
 

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I'll have to do it when I get home from work, far too tired now.