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Catalyst 10.4a Preview for 4000, 3000, 2000 GPUs

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 29 comments

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 gamers with ATI cards, read this.

AMD has released preview build of ATI Catalyst 10.4a, which updates the older 10.4 version to include support for ATI Radeon HD 4000, HD 3000, HD 2000 series GPUs. This one should be of interest to those who play Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

The only fix listed for the driver is:

  • Long load times for new maps in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 when using a Windows 7 / Windows Vista based system.

Users of Windows XP also get to grab this as an early look at Catalyst 10.4.

Grab the preview drivers here.

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    xurwin , April 23, 2010 12:52 AM
    woo. just in time for my 4870. i can play bad company 2 smoooothlyy
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    Kelavarus , April 23, 2010 1:12 AM
    So, 10.4 helps BBC2, but... Does it seriously do nothing else? I haven't heard any updates on that. As much of an AMD fan as I am, I'd be very disappointed if all they did in a month was optimize a single game, as popular as it is...
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    yang , April 23, 2010 1:27 AM
    funny how BFBC2 is the only game I've been playing these days and its the only game being fixed. good job on guessing what games I play ATI!
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    qwoz , April 23, 2010 1:30 AM
    haha load times, who cares. I would rather wait twice as long for the map to load if that meant it would run smoother.
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    Anonymous , April 23, 2010 1:33 AM
    This is just perfect for me, I thought my 185 dollar cpu+gpu was the problem, but WOW load times are half or a third the time they were previously. Hopefully more optimizations come along too, but I am quite happy with this for now.
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    doron , April 23, 2010 1:34 AM
    qwozhaha load times, who cares. I would rather wait twice as long for the map to load if that meant it would run smoother.


    Except it won't.
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    DM0407 , April 23, 2010 1:40 AM
    Yea, my game has random slowdowns with the hotfix but does load in around 10sec. 10.3 ran better so heres hoping the official release will run smooth and fast.
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    soundefx , April 23, 2010 2:35 AM
    I can't expect too much from a beta driver.
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    saran008 , April 23, 2010 2:54 AM
    soundefxI can't expect too much from a beta driver.

    +1
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    drutort , April 23, 2010 3:32 AM
    this is disappointing, i mean great a game loads faster, but what about all the daily issues with the 2d stuff, that everyone experiences... all they care about is how fast a game loads? that takes a month to fix? looks like someone was on vacation...
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    stevelord , April 23, 2010 3:42 AM
    This hotfix didn't seem to help me. I went from 9800GTX+ to a 4890 1GB OC and performance didn't increase 1 bit...which is crap.

    cleaned nvidia drivers, reinstalled BFBC2, reinstalled drivers and no difference.
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    dan117 , April 23, 2010 4:32 AM
    It better enable Directx Compute.
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    stevelord , April 23, 2010 4:41 AM
    dan117It better enable Directx Compute.


    What/where is that?
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    imageraiter , April 23, 2010 6:55 AM
    After installing 10.4a, I start to experience the flickering problem which never happened on 10.3. Hope ATI fixes this.

    EDIT: I fixed the problem by installing the ATI CrossFireX Application Profile. It loads fast and runs great now =D
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    elcentral , April 23, 2010 7:17 AM
    lol so load time is so long at ati hum my nvidia 295 got 3 to 2 sec load time. 60fps at all maxed out full HD
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    dan117 , April 23, 2010 7:57 AM
    SteveLordWhat/where is that?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Direct3D
    DX10, DX10.1 and DX11 cards have Compute Shaders.
    They are very useful because it uses your video card for calculations.
    I tested this using Direct Compute Benchmark with a 8800GTS and it was almost 15 times faster than my dual core AMD @ 3Ghz.
    If only more games used it. It would make quad-cores useless.
    http://www.overclock.net/benchmarking-software-discussion/604217-direct-compute-benchmark.html
    I am disappointed in ATI for not enabling it...
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    xizel , April 23, 2010 8:55 AM
    Ok long load times are annoying but im not gonna risk the stability i have with the 10.3,ill pass and wait for 10.4 release.
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    cronik93 , April 23, 2010 11:59 AM
    xizelOk long load times are annoying but im not gonna risk the stability i have with the 10.3,ill pass and wait for 10.4 release.



    Would hurt you that bad just to try out the driver and If it doesn't work out for you just switch back to the previous??
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    duckmanx88 , April 23, 2010 1:22 PM
    SteveLordThis hotfix didn't seem to help me. I went from 9800GTX+ to a 4890 1GB OC and performance didn't increase 1 bit...which is crap.cleaned nvidia drivers, reinstalled BFBC2, reinstalled drivers and no difference.


    maybe you should do more research. read toms graphics-card hierarchy chart and you'll notice that the 4890 is only one tier above the 9800 GTX+. the difference in FPS you would see would be small or difficult to notice w/o benchmarks.



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    Anonymous , April 23, 2010 2:40 PM
    where is the 2d support that they were supposed to have been working on?
    anyone else remember that?
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