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What's New in the ATI Catalyst 10.9 Drivers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 37 comments

New drivers to make your GPU feel fresh again.

Earlier this week we learned that Valve was helping to make driver updates easier by putting the latest ATI Catalysts on Steam. The first version to support this is Catalyst 10.9.

Besides being available on Steam, other changes to the 10.9 version include:

Performance improvements:

  • STALKER: Call of Pripyat Benchmark – depending on the model, screen resolution, anti-aliasing and whether you are using ATI CrossfireX™ technology, here’s an example of some performance improvements we’ve noted in our labs:
  • up to 20% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 graphics
  • up to 12% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 graphics
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
  • up to 4% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 graphics
  • up to 5% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5850 graphics
  • up to 6% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 graphics

ATI Catalyst™ Application – Updated ATI CrossFireX™ Profiles

  • Aliens Vs. Predator – Profile update
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – Profile update
  • F1 2010 – Profile update
  • Kane & Lynch 2 – New profile

Resolved issue highlights:

  • UVD clocks will now return to normal speeds after switching from High Definition  to Standard Definition content
  • Flickering is no longer visible while running 3D games on HDMI displays with QuadCrossFireX™ enabled
  • Mesh corruption is no longer visible in “The Chronicles of Riddick 2: Assault onDark Athena” when SSAO in-game settings are set to “high”
  • ATI CrossFireX™ now functions properly, and in-game Anti-Aliasing can now be enabledin “StarCraft II”
  • Adobe® Flash Player will no longer display green screen after resume from sleep
  • Negative ATI CrossFireX™ scaling on “Final Fantasy-XIV” no longer occurs
  • Intermittent performance drops no longer observed with hardware cursor enabled in “World of Warcraft” game running in extended mode

Resolved issue highlights:

  • UVD clocks will now return to normal speeds after switching from High Definition  to Standard Definition content
  • Flickering is no longer visible while running 3D games on HDMI displays with QuadCrossFireX™ enabled
  • Mesh corruption is no longer visible in “The Chronicles of Riddick 2: Assault onDark Athena” when SSAO in-game settings are set to “high”
  • ATI CrossFireX™ now functions properly, and in-game Anti-Aliasing can now be enabledin “StarCraft II”
  • Adobe® Flash Player will no longer display green screen after resume from sleep
  • Negative ATI CrossFireX™ scaling on “Final Fantasy-XIV” no longer occurs
  • Intermittent performance drops no longer observed with hardware cursor enabled in “World of Warcraft” game running in extended mode

If you're not grabbing them off Steam, you can get them directly from AMD here.

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    Demonslay335 , September 18, 2010 1:50 AM
    sargentchimeraGrrr, just updated to 10.8 from 10.4 a couple of days ago... Idk if i need these anyways since they affect 5870s and below, not 5970s, unless they forgot to list them...


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    up to 6% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 graphics


    And has anyone else noticed there's a duplication of the 'Resolved issues highlights' section?
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    Warsaw , September 18, 2010 3:10 AM
    jefe323its actually two 5850s...

    Well.....actually to your actually.....it's two 5870s with 5850 clocks...bam?

    Something though is that I love how AMD does their driver updates....almost like getting a performance present every month.
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    eklipz330 , September 18, 2010 2:14 AM
    I love how they added the STEAM feature.

    but personally, i like downloading my drivers manually...
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    sargentchimera , September 18, 2010 1:25 AM
    Grrr, just updated to 10.8 from 10.4 a couple of days ago... Idk if i need these anyways since they affect 5870s and below, not 5970s, unless they forgot to list them...
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    sabot00 , September 18, 2010 1:39 AM
    A 5970 is 2 5870s, so you got extra hurt.
    In addition Crossfire & SLI always get the biggest improvements.
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    Spanky Deluxe , September 18, 2010 1:40 AM
    Still no darned PLP Eyefinity support. :( 
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    Demonslay335 , September 18, 2010 1:50 AM
    sargentchimeraGrrr, just updated to 10.8 from 10.4 a couple of days ago... Idk if i need these anyways since they affect 5870s and below, not 5970s, unless they forgot to list them...


    Quote:
    up to 6% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 graphics


    And has anyone else noticed there's a duplication of the 'Resolved issues highlights' section?
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    eklipz330 , September 18, 2010 2:14 AM
    I love how they added the STEAM feature.

    but personally, i like downloading my drivers manually...
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    Spore , September 18, 2010 2:20 AM
    It's funny to me how most recent driver updates from both Nvidia and ATI have updates to Chronicles of Riddick. I just started playing through it and noticed this error yesterday and grudgingly accepted it. Neato.
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    nforce4max , September 18, 2010 2:28 AM
    Great they are going what Nvidia has done for years... Cheating drivers hidden dragon.
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    jefe323 , September 18, 2010 2:35 AM
    sabot00A 5970 is 2 5870s, so you got extra hurt.In addition Crossfire & SLI always get the biggest improvements.


    its actually two 5850s...
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    jojesa , September 18, 2010 2:36 AM
    When they say "Flickering and corruption are no longer visible"...did they fixed or found a way to hide it.
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    dEAne , September 18, 2010 2:40 AM
    oh I'm waiting for this too.thanks tom.
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    Warsaw , September 18, 2010 3:10 AM
    jefe323its actually two 5850s...

    Well.....actually to your actually.....it's two 5870s with 5850 clocks...bam?

    Something though is that I love how AMD does their driver updates....almost like getting a performance present every month.
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    sargentchimera , September 18, 2010 3:14 AM
    The 5970 is actually 2 5870s underclocked so that it doesn't burn a hole in the case =p.

    I don't play Riddick so the improvements there don't effect me.
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    Aionism , September 18, 2010 4:41 AM
    It's too bad I never play any of the games they improve performance for.
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    Anonymous , September 18, 2010 7:18 AM
    when there will be CS 1.6 fix?
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    G3ox , September 18, 2010 9:11 AM
    No improvements for StarCraft2?
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    cage0022 , September 18, 2010 1:46 PM
    HDMI Overscan - settings are lost upon reboot. 10.7 was the last version this wasn't a problem.
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    n3ard3ath , September 18, 2010 5:01 PM
    ATI drivers are so pathetic. I should have stayed with nVidia. Went from a 8800gt to a 4970. The performances improvements aren't worth the problem the drivers gave me. Conflict with video codecs, resulting in BSODs, lack of optimization in new games overall for anything that isn't the LATEST generation of their cards (being the 5*** right now), bad backward compatibility with old games (Can't even play NWN 1 with water reflection turned on [could with the 8800gt without any problems], Dungeon Keeper 2 crashing, etc.), CCC crashing in windows XP...Great cards, bad drivers. But they drivers are a fuel that drive the cards, so if they can't even provide good fuel, what's the point?
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    n3ard3ath , September 18, 2010 5:05 PM
    peererwhen there will be CS 1.6 fix?


    Never, they only give a damn about the current year's games, and their current generation of cards, everything else is **** for them. If I remember correctly, it wasn't THAT bad before AMD bought them.
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    crazybaldhead , September 18, 2010 7:01 PM
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    Never, they only give a damn about the current year's games, and their current generation of cards, everything else is *** for them. If I remember correctly, it wasn't THAT bad before AMD bought them.


    Amen to that, man.
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    Goro , September 18, 2010 7:11 PM
    I hope they fixed some of the issues from the last updated that screwed up my pc/ I have to restart runtime at least every few days/ video on hulu just stops playing randomly/ I had to lower settings on some of the games because of the flicker... I had to go back to the old driver.
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