ATI Catalyst 10.4 WHQL Drivers Released

After a couple of preview releases, AMD has released the final version of the ATI Catalyst 10.4 drivers. While the previous preview release also addressed loading times for most of the Radeon line, only the loading fix for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for the 5000 series was included in this 10.4 WHQL version. Those of you with cards below the 5000 line should stick with your preview release if you're fond of playing BC2.

Aside from that, here's what's new:

New Windows Features

ATI Catalyst – Video enhancements

  • H.264 Level 5.1 support
  • ATI Catalyst can now playback  5.1 level streams on all support players
  • Allows for playback of high resolutions (4Kx2K)

AMD video transcoding updates

  • This release of ATI Catalyst provides enhanced support for the Windows 7 Drag and Drop video converter
  • Performance improvements
  • New formats supported (H.264 file formats – MTS, WTV, and WMV9 Complex profile interlaced content)
  • ATI Catalyst Control Center™ option for enabling/disabling GPU acceleration

Support for the ATI Video converter is now available in the advanced view of the ATI Catalyst Control Center

New Linux Features

Support for new Linux operating systems

  • This release of ATI Catalyst driver for Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems: 
  • Ubuntu 10.04  early look support

Click here to download the driver.

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  • tpi2007
    Marcus, why on earth did you not mention the fact that the release notes clearly say that the 2D performance problems have been fixed ? You made a two part article on this problem and now don't even mention it ?

    "Performance on 2D applications and benchmarks has now been fixed"

    http://www2.ati.com/relnotes/Catalyst_104_release_notes.pdf
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  • jsm6746
    true tom's... you started this thing on 2d performance... you can't back away from it now...
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  • dlpatague
    If you have Catalyst 10.4a preview drivers installed then you do not need to install this WHQL 10.4 version. In fact the 10.4a preview drivers are newer than the WHQL drivers. So I'd even say find the 10.4a drivers instead.
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  • tpi2007
    Marcus, why on earth did you not mention the fact that the release notes clearly say that the 2D performance problems have been fixed ? You made a two part article on this problem and now don't even mention it ?

    "Performance on 2D applications and benchmarks has now been fixed"

    http://www2.ati.com/relnotes/Catalyst_104_release_notes.pdf
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  • JDFan
    @tpi2007 - I wouldn't say the 2d performance has been fixed for the 5xxx series cards with this release my 2d performance actually dropped on my 5770 using Tom's 2d benches with this new driver - which could be why it wasn;t mentioned !
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