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AMD Catalyst 8.5 drivers now available

by Parm Mann on 23 May 2008, 10:48


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It's been a little over a month since AMD launched the last release of its Catalyst software suite, and now version 8.5 is upon us.

As always, there's a long list of resolved issues and performance increases, with games such as Lost Planet said to receive 5 to 35 per cent better performance on systems containing Radeon HD 3xx0 series products.

The key new features to debut in Catalyst 8.5, are detailed by AMD as follows:

  • Catalyst Control Centre Component Video
  • ATI Graphics Driver Un-install Enhancement
  • SECAM TV Out Support
  • 1080p HDTV custom mode
  • HDMI Audio for non-standard TV modes
  • Adaptive AA on OpenGL for Catalyst Control Centre
  • 1080p24 Mode Support
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 support

For a complete breakdown of what version 8.5 has to offer, including all the resolved issues and performance enhancements, please refer to the official release notes (PDF). If, on the other hand, you prefer to just install the latest-greatest right away, head on over to, where Catalyst 8.5 is now available for both Windows and Linux users.

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Download Catalyst 8.5
Catalyst 8.5 release notes (PDF)

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From the release PDF:
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
Can you guys with 38*0s test this? These performance gains look impressive!!!!

EDIT: Actually, I guess it because DX10 which slows down compared to DX9… so I suppose that explains it