AMD: 2D Performance Progress in Windows 7 With Catalyst 10.4?

The Test System

The test system is similar to the ones used in previous articles:

Test System
CPU:
Core 2 Quad Q6600, G0-Stepping
Clock Frequency:
3.0 GHz
RAM:
8 GB DDR2-1066 CL5
Motherboard:
DFI LANparty DK X48 T2RS
OS:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Graphics Card:
ATI Radeon HD 5870, (5750)
Nvidia Geforce GTX 480, GTX 285, GT 240
Graphics Driver:
Catalyst 9.10, 9.12, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4
Geforce 197.41, 197.45


Power consumption was measured with a Zalman device, and the 2D benchmark used was the same version as in our previous articles. While the final results were rather unsurprising, we did record some very interesting results in some of the tests. Check these out on the next page.

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  • Anonymous
    Keep doing those 2D testing. It's important for many users.
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  • Poisoner
    the greater goodTA152H, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.


    What was insane about his post?
    13
  • Onus
    Just because he applied the sarcasm with a mortar rather than a butter knife does not make TA152H's post insane.
    12
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  • ta152h
    Well, Microsoft creating an even slower operating system than their previous one is a company tradition. Bloated, slow, buggy software is something they take seriously, and it's not up to companies like AMD or Nvidia to take this privilege from Microsoft. People like it - they keep buying it.

    It's a pity OS/2 never made it. Windows needs real competition. Look what the K8 did to Intel.
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  • The Greater Good
    TA152H, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
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  • Anonymous
    Lines, ellipses, and polygons are rarely, if ever, used in window system toolkits from the last 5-7 years. You will likely never see them used other than in specialized benchmarks. They are an API vestige of days long past.
    -3
  • Anonymous
    Am I missing something? 10.5 is the most recent
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  • Poisoner
    the greater goodTA152H, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.


    What was insane about his post?
    13
  • Anonymous
    Does Catalyst 10.5 bring anything new to the table?
    10
  • spidey180
    Keep up the good work ATI.
    10
  • FUtomNOreg
    Now where did I put that PCMag Winbench CD?????
    5
  • outlw6669
    Quote:
    Does Catalyst 10.5 bring anything new to the table?

    You can now over/underclock while running multiple displays without tearing on the second monitor....
    Other than that, looks to be just a few minor bug fixes.
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  • neiroatopelcc
    PoisonerWhat was insane about his post?

    just everything


    @ toms - nice article as usual.
    -13
  • crazybaldhead
    Yes, this article needs to be updated for 10.5. Also with the newest drivers, my 4870's GPU clock idles at 600 Mhz and not at 450 Mhz like it used to.
    Upping the idle clock frequencies is not a solution to the 2d performance problem, more like a *simple* workaround.
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  • Onus
    Just because he applied the sarcasm with a mortar rather than a butter knife does not make TA152H's post insane.
    12
  • Anonymous
    Keep doing those 2D testing. It's important for many users.
    15
  • cushgod
    10.5 Catalyst is out. Is that even better? Maybe a follow up article.
    1
  • juliom
    crazybaldheadYes, this article needs to be updated for 10.5. Also with the newest drivers, my 4870's GPU clock idles at 600 Mhz and not at 450 Mhz like it used to. Upping the idle clock frequencies is not a solution to the 2d performance problem, more like a *simple* workaround.


    Since you don't even know that the 4870 idles at 500 MHz (not 450), double check the 600 MHz you think you saw.
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  • invlem
    the greater goodTA152H, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.


    ... Now I'm going to have to watch that movie again (Billy Madison)
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  • sohei
    competition is good ...bravo ATI
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  • misry
    Cushgod10.5 Catalyst is out. Is that even better? Maybe a follow up article.


    While it is only an incremental u/g it is still worth taking. From a practical standpoint, I found 10.4 made the installation of a (no cost) 4350 card to supplant my built-in 4200 chip "worth it". Prior to 10.4 I seemed to get better performance from the 4200. Afterward, while performance remains the same, given a high side margin of error, using the 4350 now notably off-loads tasks from the CPU *and* frees system memory.
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  • warezme
    spidey180Keep up the good work ATI.

    they fix a bug that shouldn't have been there to begin with?
    -11
  • crazybaldhead
    Anonymous said:
    Since you don't even know that the 4870 idles at 500 MHz (not 450), double check the 600 MHz you think you saw.


    Hate to give in to trolls, but hey, here you go;

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