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ATI Catalyst 10.6 Released

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 43 comments

Get your driver refresh here.

AMD has released the Catalyst 10.6 drivers for those running on ATI Radeon HD 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 series desktop cards and Radeon HD 3000 and 4000 series IGPs.

Grab the download right here.

 New features

 - GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1

 - Video De-blocking support

Reduces blocking artifacts seen in low-bit rate video during playback (for users of Radeon HD 5000 series cards)

 - Mosquito noise reduction

Reduces mosquito noise seen in highly compressed progressive video, during playback (for users of Radeon HD 5000 series cards)

 - Official support for OpenGL 4.0 and OpenGL 3.3 (OpenGL 4.0 supported by Radeon HD 5000 series only)

 Performance improvements

 - 3DMark Vantage

Overall scores improve up to 5% on a single ATI Radeon HD 5970

 - Batman: Arkham Asylum

Performance improves up to 5% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 series cards

Performance improves up to 10% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations

 - Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 Benchmark

Performance improves up to 4% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series cards

Performance improves up to 10% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations

Performance improves up to 3% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series cards

 - Company of Heroes - DX10

Performance improves up to 7% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series cards

Performance improves up to 5% with single card and CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations

 - Crysis Warhead

CrossFire performance improves by up to 7% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series cards

 - DiRT 2 - DX9

Performance improves up to 10% on single card ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series cards

Performance improves up to 10% on single card ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations

Performance improves up to 4% on single card ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series cards

 - The Chronicles of Riddick - Assault on Dark Athena

Performance improves up to 15% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series cards

Performance improves up to 13% on CrossFire and single card ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations

Performance improves up to 8% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series cards

 - Unigine Tropics

CrossFire performance improves by up to 8% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series cards

 - World in Conflict

Performance improves up to 6% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series cards

Performance improves up to 8% on CrossFire and single card ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations

 - Wolfenstein

Performance improves up to 18% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series cards

Performance improves up to 18% on CrossFire and single card ATI Radeon HD 5970 configurations

Performance improves up to 11% on CrossFire ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series cards

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    Ragnar-Kon , June 17, 2010 5:12 PM
    Like the OpenGL support. And those are some nice performance increase numbers. Shame I don't play any of those games...
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    tramit , June 17, 2010 5:12 PM
    Yay crossfire improvements.... I just need to pick up a second card first...
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    tony singh , June 17, 2010 6:11 PM
    Looks like no more improvements for hd 4000 series from now on. The champ may have matured..
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  • 23 Hide
    Ragnar-Kon , June 17, 2010 5:12 PM
    Like the OpenGL support. And those are some nice performance increase numbers. Shame I don't play any of those games...
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    tramit , June 17, 2010 5:12 PM
    Yay crossfire improvements.... I just need to pick up a second card first...
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    rmicro1 , June 17, 2010 5:16 PM
    Can anyone confirm if the idle speed is still ramped up from the last release? I remember they increased clock frequency on idle to prevent the flicker on dual screens but this affected single screen setups as well and increased power consumption. I didn't upgrade because of this as my machine idles much of the day and I like the very low idle consumption.
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    avatar_raq , June 17, 2010 5:20 PM
    Finally, ATI guys did some improvement in CF scaling,although I believe it doesn't catch up to nVIDIA's SLI scaling yet!! Come on ATI, give me better drivers and I'll buy another 5870..But first improve the performance and CF scaling in metro2033 and other games that matter today!!
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    joebob2000 , June 17, 2010 5:34 PM
    Will Catalyst 10.6 support HDMI audio in Linux? If no, they can keep it! LOLz
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    rocket_sauce , June 17, 2010 5:37 PM
    I like how they included the "up to x%" but that could still mean 0%...can anyone confirm any of these percentages?
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    tokenz , June 17, 2010 5:48 PM
    joebob2000Will Catalyst 10.6 support HDMI audio in Linux? If no, they can keep it! LOLz


    Tell me what cards do support hdmi audio in Linux? None that I am aware of. So guess you are going to be without a video card for a while.
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    tony singh , June 17, 2010 6:11 PM
    Looks like no more improvements for hd 4000 series from now on. The champ may have matured..
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    nahdogg , June 17, 2010 6:12 PM
    Anyone in the same boat as me running on 8.6 mobility drivers that Dell has available? Anyway to use these on a laptop with a 3650 card?
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    wolfram23 , June 17, 2010 6:30 PM
    There's a thread in the forums on 10.6. I just installed them but haven't had a chance to do some tests. I'll run a few benchmarks and compare to my 10.5 CF results and post in the forum thread.
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    hixbot , June 17, 2010 6:41 PM
    I wonder if they've made further improvements to 2D performance.
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    flachet , June 17, 2010 6:41 PM
    Anyone else notice a massive temp spike with these drivers? My 5870 jumped up 12C on idle!
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    hixbot , June 17, 2010 6:42 PM
    joebob2000Will Catalyst 10.6 support HDMI audio in Linux? If no, they can keep it! LOLz

    tokenzTell me what cards do support hdmi audio in Linux? None that I am aware of. So guess you are going to be without a video card for a while.

    He was referring to the drivers, not the card.
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    bdonedge , June 17, 2010 6:56 PM
    No address to the 4000 series card issues? Like the Battlefield lag? It was not fixed with 10.4a or 10.5a, the load times were taken down but the spawn lag immediately after loading for 10 seconds was so outrageous
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    joebob2000 , June 17, 2010 7:08 PM

    tokenzTell me what cards do support hdmi audio in Linux? None that I am aware of. So guess you are going to be without a video card for a while.


    A lot of people have it working with hand built drivers... I am hoping for a solution that doesn't require downloading 200mb worth of source code and spending two hours testing different compile options until it magically works. The support is ready in the Linux sound tools but the ATI-supplied driver is just a piece of crap. My other option is to use an Nvidia card. Such is life.
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    Anonymous , June 17, 2010 7:16 PM
    it´s any improvements to ati 4890???
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    N.Broekhuijsen , June 17, 2010 8:29 PM
    eklipz330Wow, video cards can repel mosquitoes now?! talk about innovation, GO ATI! forget onboard audio, nVidia needs to get on this ASAP!

    WOW, that is the dumbest thing I have seen all week. I thought my cat meowing while yawning was a dumb sight. :p 

    Anyways on topic: Nice to see improvements. I'm buying a 5000 series card after the summer, and it is always nice to see that my investment is going to be even better spent.
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    dstln , June 17, 2010 8:48 PM
    Yeah dxva was messed up last patch for SD. Hopefully this'll fix it with no other side effects lol.
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    Raid3r , June 17, 2010 8:51 PM
    A cat meowing while yawning is the cutest thing a human can witness! !0.6 already I feel like it was quite sudden.
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