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ATI Catalyst 9.11 WHQL Released, GPU Flash

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 36 comments

It makes Flashy things run smoother.

Along with today's unleashing of the Radeon HD 5970, the fastest graphics card we've tested yet, AMD today released version 9.11 of its ATI Catalyst drivers.

Those who want to give their CPUs a break while playing Flash video, and who have the new Adobe 10.1 beta (which supports GPU-accelerated decoding), will want to grab the new Catalyst 9.11.

AMD describes in the release notes:

GPU Acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta

This release of ATI Catalyst supports the new Hardware Acceleration features of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta for video encoded in the H.264 format.  Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta introduces hardware-based H.264 video decoding to deliver smooth video playback, reduce system resource utilization, and preserve battery life.  Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta is expected to be available for download from Adobe Labs (labs.adobe.com) before the end of the year. This feature is supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5800, ATI Radeon HD 5700 and ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series of products

High Quality downscaling for video transcoding MSE   

This release of ATI Catalyst includes an enhancement for the ATI Video converter for users transcoding high quality interlaced content (1920x1080i @60i videos) down to small resolution progressive content (320x240 @30p - iPod videos as an example), by maintaining high visual quality when down-scaling by a significant amount and converting interlaced video content to progressive.

Click here for the download link for your version of Windows.

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    Honis , November 18, 2009 11:30 PM
    Awesome! AMD/ATi leading the way on PCs once again!
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    Anonymous , November 18, 2009 11:33 PM
    It's sad that something like Flash actually needs GPU acceleration.
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    ColMirage , November 18, 2009 11:32 PM
    I wish more cards were supported. 4000/5000 series, really? Any computer with at kind of GPU in it should have enough CPU power to handle HD YouTube. If they lowered the requirement down to 2000 series and up, it would help a lot more people with crappy CPUs (Like mine, Athlon 64 2800!)

    I wonder if this is a hardware limitation, a software limitation (Due to it being incomplete) or just an odd business decision.
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    Honis , November 18, 2009 11:30 PM
    Awesome! AMD/ATi leading the way on PCs once again!
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    randomizer , November 18, 2009 11:32 PM
    1) Where is official 64-bit flash support?
    2) When can we dump this bloatware?
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    ColMirage , November 18, 2009 11:32 PM
    I wish more cards were supported. 4000/5000 series, really? Any computer with at kind of GPU in it should have enough CPU power to handle HD YouTube. If they lowered the requirement down to 2000 series and up, it would help a lot more people with crappy CPUs (Like mine, Athlon 64 2800!)

    I wonder if this is a hardware limitation, a software limitation (Due to it being incomplete) or just an odd business decision.
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    Anonymous , November 18, 2009 11:33 PM
    It's sad that something like Flash actually needs GPU acceleration.
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    SneakySnake , November 18, 2009 11:39 PM
    Sucks to be nVidia right now. They must be pissing themselves over all of these releases
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    eklipz330 , November 18, 2009 11:45 PM
    poor nVidia, if ATi can manage to get more cards out the door to lower price, nVidia is pretty much done
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    JofaMang , November 19, 2009 12:06 AM
    I have both Flash 10.1 prerelease and 9.11 CCC+drivers, and I have to say, I am pretty happy with the result. Xp64, AMD 710x3 @ 3.55ghz, 4gb 1092mhz memory, and 4870 512mb videocard. I monitored my GPU-z while running 1080p HD movie trailers off firefox, and it is definitely quicker to play, and maintains smoothness while moving windows around, an overall more fluid experience. Neato. The GPU load peaked at about 10% while doing some limited testing.

    Should do wonders for porn, too!
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    allenpan , November 19, 2009 12:06 AM
    no...it also support "ALL" the DX 10 cards
    AMD Desktop Product Family Support
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 X2 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4700 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 X2 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 3400 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 Series
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    tipoo , November 19, 2009 12:10 AM
    Oh lovely, now I just have to wait for 6 months for Dell to release the same driver for my laptop.


    Well, actually I'll just use Mobility Modder.
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    Anonymous , November 19, 2009 12:20 AM
    "no...it also support "ALL" the DX 10 cards"

    The catalyst drivers does, the GPU offloading of flash does not.

    nVidia actually has the better implementation, working of any NV80+ card IIRC. I have a Radeon 4870 myself and under Win 7 x64 all I get is slower loadign flash followed by 100% CPU usage, a black flash window and then the flash player crashes.

    Needless to say there's a lot of work to be done still.

    10.0 works fine in the meanwhile.
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    JAYDEEJOHN , November 19, 2009 1:07 AM
    Im pretty sure G80 doesnt, but newer cards do. Its up to Adobe
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    JonathanDeane , November 19, 2009 1:24 AM
    Exodite4I have a Radeon 4870 myself and under Win 7 x64 all I get is slower loadign flash followed by 100% CPU usage, a black flash window and then the flash player crashes.


    Same set up here but everything works fine. I am using Opera as a browser though so maybe that has something to do with it? Your using the newest Catalyst drivers?

    Just checked IE and Firefox they work fine for me with flash content.
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    curnel_D , November 19, 2009 2:09 AM
    I've been running beta 10.12 now for quite some time. OpenCL ftw.
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    amdgamer666 , November 19, 2009 2:23 AM
    allenpanno...it also support "ALL" the DX 10 cardsAMD Desktop Product Family SupportATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 X2 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 4700 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 SeriesATI Radeon™ HD 4550 SeriesATI Radeon™ HD 4350 SeriesATI Radeon™ HD 3800 X2 Series ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 SeriesATI Radeon™ HD 3600 SeriesATI Radeon™ HD 3400 SeriesATI Radeon™ HD 2900 SeriesATI Radeon™ HD 2600 SeriesATI Radeon™ HD 2400 Series


    You forgot the integrated GPUs.

    I am happy to report that it has been working flawlessly on my HD3200. With an AMD Athlon X2 QL-60 (1.9 ghz), while watching 480p hulu videos, my CPU usage went from ~60% to ~40% and, more importantly, went from stuttery to quite smooth playback. I couldn't have been more happy about this development from Adobe
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    ekoostik , November 19, 2009 2:40 AM
    Looking forward to testing out the combo on my laptop. Maybe I can finally eliminate the annoying hulu stutter!
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    goonting , November 19, 2009 6:17 AM
    are you sure of the HD3870 support by Flash 10.1 beta?
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    joet1986 , November 19, 2009 6:47 AM
    Been looking forward to 9.11 drivers after the fail of 9.9 and 9.10
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    Strobeflux , November 19, 2009 9:18 AM
    Not to sound like an angry old fart, but, i would rather see more
    GPU accelerated graphics rendering done on the GPU with flash, not just
    video decoding, my CPU does the decoding pretty well on its own,
    but crowded Flashgames with lots of units lag with max antialiasing on :p 

    So, rather skip the videodecoding, its not needed. the rendering needs a
    boost though, since flash is ass-slow.
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    Strobeflux , November 19, 2009 9:38 AM
    Let me add that it will be beneficial for people
    with slower CPUs though.
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    deathr , November 19, 2009 10:08 AM
    I have an 8800gt and it works. It isn't that much off a difference in cpu usage tho.
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