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ATI Catalyst 10.4 WHQL Drivers Released

After a couple of preview releases, AMD has released the final version of the ATI Catalyst 10.4 drivers. While the previous preview release also addressed loading times for most of the Radeon line, only the loading fix for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for the 5000 series was included in this 10.4 WHQL version. Those of you with cards below the 5000 line should stick with your preview release if you're fond of playing BC2.

Aside from that, here's what's new:

New Windows Features

ATI Catalyst – Video enhancements

  • H.264 Level 5.1 support
  • ATI Catalyst can now playback  5.1 level streams on all support players
  • Allows for playback of high resolutions (4Kx2K)

AMD video transcoding updates

  • This release of ATI Catalyst provides enhanced support for the Windows 7 Drag and Drop video converter
  • Performance improvements
  • New formats supported (H.264 file formats – MTS, WTV, and WMV9 Complex profile interlaced content)
  • ATI Catalyst Control Center™ option for enabling/disabling GPU acceleration

Support for the ATI Video converter is now available in the advanced view of the ATI Catalyst Control Center

New Linux Features

Support for new Linux operating systems

  • This release of ATI Catalyst driver for Linux introduces support for the following new operating systems: 
  • Ubuntu 10.04  early look support

Click here to download the driver.

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.