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Getting x1900xtx on monday, confused about drivers.

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September 23, 2006 6:46:18 PM

Someone told me that there exists several different versions of the ATI drivers, official and usermade. Which should I get and what are the differences between the most common ones?
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September 23, 2006 11:02:18 PM

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Someone told me that there exists several different versions of the ATI drivers, official and usermade. Which should I get and what are the differences between the most common ones?


Use the driver CD that comes with the card to install. Or you can go here and get the LATEST ATI driver:

https://support.ati.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=...
September 23, 2006 11:02:45 PM

You'll get official ATI Catalyst, Omega Catalyst and NGO Catalyst.

I really don't know if the two latter ones actually benefit anyone, although this is my own view.

Omega still releases with the old catalyst control panel, and ATi's official one's release with Catalyst Control Center - which can be annoying as you need .Net 1.0/2.0 for it to work, and switching to the interface can sometimes take a few seconds. NGO I never tried.

I'd recon stick to ATi's official drivers, because if you have a XTX you most likely have a up to date rig, so performance (and the few fps optimized NGO/Omega might give you) won't be an issue, plus there's plenty of ways around CCC.... ie ATi Tray Tools or ATiTool
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September 23, 2006 11:05:18 PM

Ok. What exactly IS the ATI tray tools / ATI tools? And.. the catalyst control center, will that mean I'll have troubles when I install the drivers because I need to first install 2.0?
September 23, 2006 11:25:31 PM

ATT and AtiTool are actually overclocking apps, but in the case of ATiTrayTools, you can adjust AA,AF, monitor temps in graphs, show temps in overlay while yo play games and very important, set fan speed ratios's based on temps.

CCC, must have .Net installed. CCC is just a nice looking interface for setting errr... settings. But, alot of people get the driver only (ATi releases the driver/ccc in one package), and use ATT because you can create profiles which will load AAx4 and AFx8 for game x - this will automatically be done each time the executable is run. So, you rarely need to adjust the settings before launching the game, and it's faster than CCC's profile.

Not going the CCC route, might give you some hic ups with using ATi's transcoding though.
September 23, 2006 11:29:30 PM

So.. when I get my new computer. I first install windows, then get net 2.0.. then install the drivers + CCC. then ATI tray tools? And I should be good to go?
September 24, 2006 8:50:02 AM

That's how I install mine, but you can omit the .Net installation, and get the driver only from ATi's website, and toggle settings with ATT.

For starters, maybe just use the default process, .Net 2.0 first, then CCC. Get ATT (Guru3d.com) and play around with it, very nice little app.
September 24, 2006 12:20:18 PM

"Not going the CCC route, might give you some hic ups with using ATi's transcoding though."

... What exactly does that mean? XD;
September 24, 2006 1:46:05 PM

Transcoding, resides in the CCC package, and allows you to code video content from one medium to another (wmv to mpeg4 for example), via the GPU - so it's real quick, up to 5x faster than a CPU can do.

And therein lies the problem - I haven't been able to get the transcoder to work outside the CCC app since the beta of trancoder was out - might be away, but I'm stumped as to how to get it working again.
September 24, 2006 3:59:27 PM

Congrats IM also getting a Radeon X1900XTX on Monday. God help us all.
What is a good Power supply to have with this Monster? I have a 480 right now.
September 25, 2006 12:42:03 PM

I'm using Catalyst 6.9 with my x1900xtx. Works just fine.
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