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First of all we'd like to thank AMD/ATI for putting the driver up just as the UEFA Champions League Final began (BEd: No Christmas card for you this year.). Now as we calm down we report that the Catalyst 8.5 has been released and it comes with support for almost every graphics card from the Radeon 9500 up. This fresh driver features the following:

- Catalyst Control Center Component Video - This release of Catalyst introduces 480i and 480p support. These formats will be found in the pre-defined component video format list found in the Catalyst Control Center->Component Video->Advanced page.

- ATI Graphics Driver Un-install Enhancement - This release of Catalyst introduces an update to the ATI un-install utility. The utility now pop up dialogue box to show two options to the end user,
Remove ATI Radeon graphics software, leave chipset software.
Completely remove all ATI/AMD (Graphics/Chipset) software.

- SECAM TV Out Support - This release of Catalyst introduces support within the graphics driver to enable TV output adhering to the SECAM standard.

- 1080p HDTV custom mode - This release of Catalyst 1080p HDTV display mode. This feature will be available for display devices that use an HDMI connector and is available under the Windows XP and Vista operating systems.

- HDMI Audio for non-standard TV modes - This release of Catalyst introduces HDMI audio support for all TV timing modes and non-standard (CEA 861b) TV modes. If a non-standard mode is used, on initial connection to the TV, a pop-up notification should let the user know that the audio may be out of sync. A UI allows for the audio to be disabled by the user if desired. The UI in Catalyst™ Control Center would show the list of TV timing modes (both standard and non-standard) and the capability to enable audio for a given mode.

- Adaptive AA on OpenGL for Catalyst Control Center - This release of Catalyst introduces Adaptive AA for Orca Driver, geometry for alpha tested objects are now submitted multiple times to the hardware using the multi-sample mask feature to update one sample at a time in the frame buffer using centroid sampling. With each pass of the sampling position for textures is shifted to be at the location of the sample that is being updated in that pass.

- 1080p24 Mode Support - This release of Catalyst introduces 1080p24 mode support This feature will be available for display devices that use an HDMI connector and is available under the Windows XP and Vista operating systems.

- Windows XP Service Pack 3 support - This release of Catalyst introduces WHQL certified support for Microsoft's Windows XP Service Pack 3 update for all ATI Radeon Series products.

- Performance Improvements

Call of Juarez DX10: Performance increases up to 12% on systems containing an ATI Radeon HD 3xx0 series of product
Halo: Performance increases by 10-30% across all of the supported ATI Radeon series of products
Lost Planet DX10: Performance increases from 5 to 35% on systems containing an ATI Radeon HD 3xx0 series of product
Stalker DX9: Performance increases by 20-50% when HDR is enabled in the game; across all ATI Radeon HD38x0 series of products
World in Conflict DX10: Performance increases up to 25% on systems containing an ATI Radeon HD36x0 and/or an ATI Radeon 38x0 series of product. Higher performance gains are noticed on systems contianing an ATI Radeon 3870x2 series of product

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lol i`m already downloading these
just did a fresh install of Vista X64 and needed the drivers and saw these new ones
but still....+rep for being so fast
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Nice. Im gonna go try stalker right now
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The adaptive AA on openlGL should make a few people happy.
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Anyone tried them yet? Or done a 3dmark06 run?
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Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
Anyone tried them yet? Or done a 3dmark06 run?

I just turned a 20.7k run with my cards at stock, proc at 3.6.
Definitely better for me.

However it seems the Vantage fix isn't incorporated into these drivers, I get the same artifacts that appeared with the pre hotfix drivers.

Someone else confirm please.
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Been waiting for these drivers for a couple weeks hoping for age of conan improvements (even a few fps would help, playing at ~18-20fps regardless of settings is really annoying). I finally get these, and the AoC servers are down for a few hours.

Oh well, from the features list they seem great.
    
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Omg official support for the 38xx on the linux driver! Doesn't look like they've solved the compiz and X problem yet though...
    
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That's a nice set of improvements, for the people who have those games this is definitely one of the better driver releases.

It didn't fix the stuttering in LoTR Online for me, though it did seem to lessen it. (When compared to 8.3, 8.4). And it's knocked off 80 points in 3dMark06. But I don't mind, the amount of game improvements makes up for it imo. I would say "Yay" for the TF2 fixes, but that game plays flawlessly maxed out already
 
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