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ATI Catalyst 10.3 Drivers Offer Gaming Boosts

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 65 comments

New ATI Catalyst 10.3 Preview Driver gives your GPU a shot in the arm when it comes to pushing those pixels.

While those firmly planted in the Nvidia camp will be waiting with bated breath for the unveil of Fermi next week, but those with current ATI allegiances will be pleased as punch to know of a new Catalyst 10.3 Preview driver that squeezes some more extra performance out of Radeon HD 4800 and 5000 series.

Check out the download here if you're feeling adventurous with the preview driver.

This is what you can expect:

ATI Catalyst Control Center - ATI Eyefinity technology enhancements:

  • Display Bezel Compensation
    • Easy-to-use wizard  shows users how to adjust their display layout to remove the pixels occupied by their display bezels
  • Per-Display Color Adjust
    • Individual Color, Brightness and Contrast controls
  • Multiple ATI Eyefinity Groups
    • Create more than one ATI Eyefinity group from multiple displays
  • Improved Display Configuration switching
    • Support for ATI Eyefinity groups and the ATI Catalyst™ Control Center profile manager
  • Easy to toggle between cloned and extended desktop modes

AMD has updated its Direct3D (Quad buffer support) driver to enable 3rd party middleware vendors such as iZ3D to output stereo L/R images at 120 Hz (60 Hz per eye)

Application performance enhancements:

3DMark Vantage

Overall scores increase by up to 8% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
Overall scores increase by up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products and up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products

Aliens vs. Predator

Overall performance increases 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products

Battleforge

Improves up to 8% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Call of Duty: World at War

Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Company of Heroes

Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Crysis and Crysis Warhead

Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Devil May Cry 4

Improves up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

DiRT 2

Improves up to 30% on ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
Improves up to 20% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series and ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
Improves up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Far Cry 2

Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2

Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Call of Pripyat Benchmark

Improves up to 10% with Anti-Aliasing enabled on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Clear Sky

Improves up to 2% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products

Resident Evil 5

Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.

Improves up to 15% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
Improves up to 20% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products and ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Unigine Tropics

Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products

World in Conflict

Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Wolfenstein

Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

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  • 27 Hide
    micr0be , March 20, 2010 12:22 AM
    i have been satisfied with my 4870x2 for over a year ... and it keeps getting better ...
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    welshmousepk , March 19, 2010 11:49 PM
    20 percent in Dirt2? nice!

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    alextheawesome , March 20, 2010 1:50 AM
    There goes the GTX 480's supposed "5-10% boost in performance over the 5870."
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  • 10 Hide
    Anonymous , March 19, 2010 11:46 PM
    I noticed a couple FPS gain w/ Assassin's Creed 2 also. While running 3x1 eyefinity.
  • 25 Hide
    welshmousepk , March 19, 2010 11:49 PM
    20 percent in Dirt2? nice!

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    JeanLuc , March 19, 2010 11:54 PM
    Nice jump in performance and that's without the little extra bonus that Nvidia gave some of their customers when they found out there video card had melted after installing the driver!
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    enzo matrix , March 20, 2010 12:20 AM
    No love for the 3800 series? :( 
  • 27 Hide
    micr0be , March 20, 2010 12:22 AM
    i have been satisfied with my 4870x2 for over a year ... and it keeps getting better ...
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    t0r012 , March 20, 2010 12:27 AM
    this is interesting. with word on the street that the GTX4x0 being 5-10% faster than the corresponding 58x0
    looking at some of these driver improvements such as
    -Improves up to 10% with Anti-Aliasing enabled on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    -Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
    - Improves up to 20% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products

    seems like when the new GTXs come out they are going to be real close. That should only last till Nvidia's first driver update.

    Seems to me Nvidia drivers jump in leaps and bounds and ATI are smaller incremental updates. Strange when you see a 4870x2 snuck up on the gtx295. But when you look back though the benches you see them getting closer and closer.
  • 13 Hide
    Anonymous , March 20, 2010 12:31 AM
    Since I installed Cat. 10.2( Now I have 10.3), I never had the line issue.
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    znegval , March 20, 2010 12:32 AM
    Am I talking nonsense or did they nearly beat the nvidia-claimed few percent better performance by fermi just with a driver update?
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    curnel_D , March 20, 2010 12:35 AM
    It brought back my stuttering issue in Far Cry 2, but aside from that, performance has increased in almost every single game.

    AMD's said that they've already worked out performance enhancements for Bad Company 2 as well, to be released sometime in the future.
  • 19 Hide
    ds1495 , March 20, 2010 12:46 AM
    Holy SH*T, an article about ATI?!! woahhhhh, that's a first.
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    SneakySnake , March 20, 2010 12:54 AM
    thedreadfather5-10% faster than what?


    The card's performance on 10.2 drivers
  • 7 Hide
    yiplong , March 20, 2010 1:24 AM
    Wow, 20-30% performance enhancement in Dirt2. I wonder how they managed that. Nice work.
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    schmich , March 20, 2010 1:37 AM
    I was hoping for Bad Company 2 to be listed there =(
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    dranicus , March 20, 2010 1:45 AM
    Ati just needs to keeping refining their drivers for the 5000 and the 4000 to keep them in the front of the gpu war. The hardware is there and it is proven that it can kick out high-end graphics while using less power. I own two 4890's and single 5770 and a 8800gtx. The best performing card per-watt is the 5770 by far and with the upcoming driver revisions these cards are only going to get more efficent. Fermi well thats a whole other story.
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    alextheawesome , March 20, 2010 1:50 AM
    There goes the GTX 480's supposed "5-10% boost in performance over the 5870."
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    ryman546 , March 20, 2010 1:51 AM
    downloading right now to test this beast of a driver out.
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    z0d , March 20, 2010 1:59 AM
    I got +5 FPS in average FPS in Dirt 2! From 40 it went to 45 with 10.3! That is with my HD 4870 1GB.
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    husker , March 20, 2010 2:07 AM
    I'm assuming there is a major fix to dx10 and dx11 games since both H.A.W.X. and DIRT 2 got the biggest boost.
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