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AMD Releases Catalyst 9.7 Drivers for Win 7

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 12 comments

Drivers released for the freshly minted OS.

Hot on the heels of Windows 7 going gold, AMD today released its first WHQL-certified ATI Catalyst graphics drivers for Windows 7 RTM. For ATI Radeon customers, the ATI Catalyst 9.7 driver is immediately available for download from  Simultaneously, the ATI Catalyst 8.632 driver has been made available for ATI FirePro professional graphics customers.

Even if you're not running Windows 7 RTM (and you probably won't be for a while), you can still grab today's Catalyst 9.7 file for a single, unified driver installation for both Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Windows 7 users will supposedly get "performance improvements" compared with Windows Vista in single card and multi-GPU configurations employing ATI CrossFireX technology. The drivers also include Windows 7 support for accelerated video transcoding tasks utilizing the system CPU and GPU via ATI Stream technology.

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    curnel_D , July 23, 2009 10:28 PM
    Fixed some random stuttering and crashes I had in both Far Cry 2, and Crysis. As usual, the performance isnt close to noticable, but the stability is, this round.
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    Shnur , July 23, 2009 11:02 PM
    ATI Stream technology implemented in Windows 7?
    Awesome :D 
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    Honis , July 23, 2009 11:05 PM
    Hope this fixes the random crashing of my Win 7 RC. Had no problems with Beta.
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    apmyhr , July 23, 2009 11:48 PM
    I think AMD deserves some props for how proactive they have been with driver support for Win 7. It's good to see companies exert that kind of quality with driver support.
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    salem80 , July 24, 2009 1:04 AM
    their is big performance up in this release everyone have ATI Card can notice that .
    ATI FTW .
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    tipmen , July 24, 2009 2:14 AM
    Its nice to update and notice improvements!

    Far Cry
    less crashes in other games like CS:S or Left4dead.

    +1 for ATI
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    itsme , July 24, 2009 2:46 AM
    I'm having a problem with the new drivers. I can't get it to fill full screen on my flat screen at 1360x 768. Also CCC won't open so I can try to set it there. So I had to revert to old drivers.
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    anamaniac , July 24, 2009 10:14 AM
    I used the 8.x drivers over 9.x for a while because of issues... so I guess it's time to try again. =D

    Granted, the only gam I have played in a month on my PC is WC3...
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    belardo , July 24, 2009 12:16 PM
    How about crahes with UT3? I'm on XP and UT3 is the ONLY game that crashes. Totally locking up the computer 2~30 minutes into playing.

    For newer games, using 8x drivers can cause problems. I'm not looking forward to the new ATI driver's new interface. Looks like a pin in the butt!

    PS: I guess they're making a big deal because its 9.7! YEah 7!

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    dman3k , July 24, 2009 5:49 PM
    This is more of a testimony to M$ than it is to AMD. M$ is actually getting third-party drivers to work for the 7 prior to release. Vista's problem is that third-party drivers sucked for a long time.
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    belardo , July 25, 2009 8:41 AM
    Yep... All parties have learned their lesson. But MS did make driver validation more difficult with Vista.

    Now, actually Win7 drivers are coming out months in advanced.
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    benfea , August 3, 2009 5:24 PM
    Aaaaand, I still can't preserve aspect ratio in the LCD panel options. Why is this so hard to do?