Pentium 4 EE 3.2Ghz
Hercules Radeon 9800 XT

Catalyst 3.10

Catalyst 4.1

Catalyst 4.2
3DMark2001SE205762056220579
3DMark2003659865916608
UT2003 Demo
(Flyby)
272.9268.5271.1
SplinterCell 1.2b
(1_1_1_Tbilisi)
88.286.586.6
Quake III Arena
(Demo004)
459464.6464.8
Serious Sam SE 1.5b108.5107.5107.1

There aren’t any significant performance improvements in the new set of
Catalyst 4.2 drivers on a Radeon 9800 XT card but according the release notes,
Radeon 9000, 9200 and 8500 users will experience some nice improvements. Now
there is no wait when you apply changes to the Direct3D settings which is
certainly more welcomed.


Pentium 4 EE 3.2Ghz
Hercules Radeon 9800 XT

Catalyst 3.10

Catalyst 4.1

Catalyst 4.2
3DMark2001SE205762056220579
3DMark2003659865916608
UT2003 Demo
(Flyby)
272.9268.5271.1
SplinterCell 1.2b
(1_1_1_Tbilisi)
88.286.586.6
Quake III Arena
(Demo004)
459464.6464.8
Serious Sam SE 1.5b108.5107.5107.1

There aren’t any significant performance improvements in the new set of
Catalyst 4.2 drivers on a Radeon 9800 XT card but according the release notes,
Radeon 9000, 9200 and 8500 users will experience some nice improvements. Now
there is no wait when you apply changes to the Direct3D settings which is
certainly more welcomed.

 

Release Notes

Component Video Output Enhancement
The latest ATI software driver now allows the user the choice of using panning
mode or a center-timing mode in which the image would appear in the center of
the TV screen when using the Component Video output on an HDTV display. This
option is found in the ATI Control Panel and is supported under the Windows XP,
Windows 2000, and Windows ME operating systems. This feature is available on the
ATI RADEON™ 8500 and higher class of products.

Direct3D Setting Enhancement
Previous versions of the ATI display driver required the monitor going blank for
up to 8 seconds when applying Direct3D settings. The latest ATI software driver
for the RADEON™ 9500 and higher class of products now allows for the Direct3D
setting to be applied without the monitor’s display going blank.

Performance Improvements
As with most CATALYST™ releases performance has increased in various situations.
This release of CATALYST™ provides performance gains to the ATI DX8 product
family. These products include the RADEON™ 9200, 9000, and 8500 series.
Performance gains are noticed throughout the following software:

Framerates in Unreal Tournament 2003 are up by as much as 15%
A performance gain of between 5 and 10% is noticed in Aquamark3
A performance gain of between 2-3% is noticed in ShaderMark scores
Framerates in Halo are up 3 to 4%
A performance improvement of 2% is noticed in Tomb Raider

 



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