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ATI rolls out Catalyst 10.6 drivers, bring improvements across the board

by Tarinder Sandhu on 16 June 2010, 23:06

Tags: ATi Technologies (NYSE:AMD)

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ATI has responded to NVIDIA's WHQL release of 257.21 drivers by outing Catalyst 10.6 a little earlier than expected.

Head on over to here for the download links, and then zip along to here for the full release notes. Taking out the pertinent sections, ATI notes the following improvements:

New Features
 
GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe® Flash  Player 10.1
 
AMD GPU acceleration of Adobe® Flash Player 10.1 delivers smooth high  definition video playback and reduces system resource utilization
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 can be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms  featuring AMD graphics including:
ƒATI Radeon™ HD 5000 and ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 series
ƒATI Mobility  ATI Radeon™ HD 400 series (and higher)
ƒATI Radeon™ HD 3000 series integrated graphics (and higher)
 
Video De-blocking support
 
Reduces blocking artifacts seen in low-bit rate video during playback 
Supported on the ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series of products
 
Mosquito noise reduction 
 
Reduces mosquito noise seen in highly compressed progressive video, during  playback
Supported on the ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series of products 
 
Official support for OpenGL 4.0 and OpenGL 3.3 
 
ATI Catalyst 10.6 delivers official support for OpenGL 4.0 on the ATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
ATI Catalyst 10.6 delivers official support for OpenGL 3.3 on the ATI Radeon™ HD Series

Then there's the usual slew of performance improvements in games such as Alien vs. Predator benchmark; Company of Heroes; Crysis Warhead; DiRT2 DX9, and Wolfentstien.


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Wolfentstien?
I'm sure you can figure out what was meant…

Video De-blocking support

Reduces blocking artifacts seen in low-bit rate video during playback

It would be interesting to see this in action.
I will be trying the Deblocking one.

I haven't been able to play h.264 videos without blocking in MPC for a while now.
Quite impressed with the new drivers. The Flash 10.1 h.264 smoothing actually works where it used to be choppy and its sorted a few issues with BC2 for me also :)
not that I'm complaining but it just seems that new drivers are coming out almost every week