ATI Catalyst 9.11 WHQL Released, GPU Flash

Along with today's unleashing of the Radeon HD 5970, the fastest graphics card we've tested yet, AMD today released version 9.11 of its ATI Catalyst drivers.

Those who want to give their CPUs a break while playing Flash video, and who have the new Adobe 10.1 beta (which supports GPU-accelerated decoding), will want to grab the new Catalyst 9.11.

AMD describes in the release notes:

GPU Acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta

This release of ATI Catalyst supports the new Hardware Acceleration features of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta for video encoded in the H.264 format.  Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta introduces hardware-based H.264 video decoding to deliver smooth video playback, reduce system resource utilization, and preserve battery life.  Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta is expected to be available for download from Adobe Labs ( before the end of the year. This feature is supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5800, ATI Radeon HD 5700 and ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series of products

High Quality downscaling for video transcoding MSE   

This release of ATI Catalyst includes an enhancement for the ATI Video converter for users transcoding high quality interlaced content (1920x1080i @60i videos) down to small resolution progressive content (320x240 @30p - iPod videos as an example), by maintaining high visual quality when down-scaling by a significant amount and converting interlaced video content to progressive.

Click here for the download link for your version of Windows.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Honis
    Awesome! AMD/ATi leading the way on PCs once again!
  • randomizer
    1) Where is official 64-bit flash support?
    2) When can we dump this bloatware?
  • ColMirage
    I wish more cards were supported. 4000/5000 series, really? Any computer with at kind of GPU in it should have enough CPU power to handle HD YouTube. If they lowered the requirement down to 2000 series and up, it would help a lot more people with crappy CPUs (Like mine, Athlon 64 2800!)

    I wonder if this is a hardware limitation, a software limitation (Due to it being incomplete) or just an odd business decision.
  • It's sad that something like Flash actually needs GPU acceleration.
  • SneakySnake
    Sucks to be nVidia right now. They must be pissing themselves over all of these releases
  • eklipz330
    poor nVidia, if ATi can manage to get more cards out the door to lower price, nVidia is pretty much done
  • JofaMang
    I have both Flash 10.1 prerelease and 9.11 CCC+drivers, and I have to say, I am pretty happy with the result. Xp64, AMD 710x3 @ 3.55ghz, 4gb 1092mhz memory, and 4870 512mb videocard. I monitored my GPU-z while running 1080p HD movie trailers off firefox, and it is definitely quicker to play, and maintains smoothness while moving windows around, an overall more fluid experience. Neato. The GPU load peaked at about 10% while doing some limited testing.

    Should do wonders for porn, too!
  • allenpan also support "ALL" the DX 10 cards
    AMD Desktop Product Family Support
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 X2 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4700 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 X2 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 3400 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 Series
    ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 Series
  • tipoo
    Oh lovely, now I just have to wait for 6 months for Dell to release the same driver for my laptop.

    Well, actually I'll just use Mobility Modder.
  • " also support "ALL" the DX 10 cards"

    The catalyst drivers does, the GPU offloading of flash does not.

    nVidia actually has the better implementation, working of any NV80+ card IIRC. I have a Radeon 4870 myself and under Win 7 x64 all I get is slower loadign flash followed by 100% CPU usage, a black flash window and then the flash player crashes.

    Needless to say there's a lot of work to be done still.

    10.0 works fine in the meanwhile.