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ATI Catalyst 10.3 Drivers Offer Gaming Boosts

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New ATI Catalyst 10.3 Preview Driver gives your GPU a shot in the arm when it comes to pushing those pixels.

While those firmly planted in the Nvidia camp will be waiting with bated breath for the unveil of Fermi next week, but those with current ATI allegiances will be pleased as punch to know of a new Catalyst 10.3 Preview driver that squeezes some more extra performance out of Radeon HD 4800 and 5000 series.

Check out the download here if you're feeling adventurous with the preview driver.

This is what you can expect:

ATI Catalyst Control Center - ATI Eyefinity technology enhancements:

  • Display Bezel Compensation
    • Easy-to-use wizard  shows users how to adjust their display layout to remove the pixels occupied by their display bezels
  • Per-Display Color Adjust
    • Individual Color, Brightness and Contrast controls
  • Multiple ATI Eyefinity Groups
    • Create more than one ATI Eyefinity group from multiple displays
  • Improved Display Configuration switching
    • Support for ATI Eyefinity groups and the ATI Catalyst™ Control Center profile manager
  • Easy to toggle between cloned and extended desktop modes

AMD has updated its Direct3D (Quad buffer support) driver to enable 3rd party middleware vendors such as iZ3D to output stereo L/R images at 120 Hz (60 Hz per eye)

Application performance enhancements:

3DMark Vantage

Overall scores increase by up to 8% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
Overall scores increase by up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products and up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products

Aliens vs. Predator

Overall performance increases 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products

Battleforge

Improves up to 8% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Call of Duty: World at War

Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Company of Heroes

Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Crysis and Crysis Warhead

Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Devil May Cry 4

Improves up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

DiRT 2

Improves up to 30% on ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
Improves up to 20% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series and ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
Improves up to 10% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Far Cry 2

Improves up to 6% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2

Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Call of Pripyat Benchmark

Improves up to 10% with Anti-Aliasing enabled on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Clear Sky

Improves up to 2% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
Improves up to 2% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products

Resident Evil 5

Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.

Improves up to 15% with ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics products
Improves up to 20% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products and ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Unigine Tropics

Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products

World in Conflict

Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series products
Improves up to 3% on ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series products
Improves up to 5% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

Wolfenstein

Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series products
Improves up to 4% on ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series products

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    knightofdames , 20 March 2010 10:21
    Nvidia is going to get screwed if their card is not faster than ATI !!!
    I personally don't care any more, I will buy which ever performs the best..
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    afciscoguy , 20 March 2010 10:35
    After 6 months and with a 5% ~ 10% estimated gain in performance, the 400 series cards have caused me to stop waiting and finally get an Asus 5870!!
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    beamer 520i , 20 March 2010 15:14
    The big question is, has ATI fixed the hdmi audio bug in the 5000 series cards. It's all very well coming out with enhancements so long as major bug fixes are included. We had hoped that official Cat 10.1 or 10.2 would have a fix, alas that is not the case. The audio bug causes a very loud noise when the GPU clock rates change. Presently the only fix is to install GPU clocking software or go back to using a 4600 series card!
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    beamer 520i , 20 March 2010 15:15
    The big question is, has ATI fixed the hdmi audio bug in the 5000 series cards. It's all very well coming out with enhancements so long as major bug fixes are included. We had hoped that official Cat 10.1 or 10.2 would have a fix, alas that is not the case. The audio bug causes a very loud noise when the GPU clock rates change. Presently the only fix is to install GPU clocking software or go back to using a 4600 series card!
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    deathtank , 20 March 2010 15:58
    WOW ATI kick some Nvidia Booty...I have 2 9800Gt from MSI and had nothing but issues with Nvidia Drivers...I hope that the new card series redeems itself if not ..ATI all the way BABY...My buddies single 4890 destroys my 2 9800gt oc at 700mhz at the core and 2ghz ram...and he paid a lot less than i did...sad sad sad for me...
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    tony singh , 20 March 2010 19:23
    Ati is shedding its image of making poor quality drivers, now its drivers are as good as nvidia's plus radeons r more powerful than geforces theoritically (i mean flops).
    If this continues, Ati will overtake nvidia as #1 GPU maker financially. GO on baby!!
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    Pailin , 20 March 2010 22:52
    is really great to see AMD/ATi doing so well ^^

    My Asus 5850 is quite happy going from stock 725/4000 1.087v ---> 913/4800 1.2v so far and not even tried more v than that yet.

    (can handle 1.35 easy enough up to 1.5 max setable - but need special cooling for anything much past 1.35v + diminishing returns after that)

    The 5XXX series with their already fantastic OCing and now also these driver speed improvements are going to be tough for the Fermi to stand against.

    I don't see Fermi, especially the 480 high end part, managing such great OC's.

    Factoring in a decent OC - ATi are faster than Fermi!?

    We Shall see real soon now hehe :D 
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    bv90andy , 21 March 2010 00:52
    I always loved ati for their drivers... even 6-7 years ago. They say fermi are going to be up to 10% faster then current ati 5000 cards... well this make them only up to 2% better. HE he GO ATI
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    Dandalf , 21 March 2010 23:35
    I wish ATI would stop using computer generated girls to sell graphics cards. It's so demeaning.
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    marney_5 , 23 March 2010 22:27
    I used to be a big Nvidia fan but i've switched to a 5870! Im not very interested in what Nvidia have to offer to be honest and I'll p**s myself laughing if the 400 doesnt perform as well as my 3 month old 5870!