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 (labs.adobe.com) 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.
2) When can we dump this bloatware?
I wonder if this is a hardware limitation, a software limitation (Due to it being incomplete) or just an odd business decision.
Should do wonders for porn, too!
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
Well, actually I'll just use Mobility Modder.
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.