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ATI-AMD Catalyst 7.3 Treibervergleich

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Ab sofort steht der Catalyst 7.3 von ATI-AMD zum Download bereit. Unter anderem soll die Performance, des Games Dark Messiah Might and Magic, um ca. 12.5% für Radeon X1000 (Crossfire) Grafikkarten gesteigert worden sein. Betrachten wir dies weiterhin auf Windows XP etwas näher, da Windows Vista in 32 Bit und vor allem in der 64 Bit Variante noch diverse Probleme in Spielen bereitet.


Die Verbesserungen im Detail laut ATI-AMD:

OpenGL CrossFire Support Under Windows Vista

Catalyst 7.3 introduces OpenGL CrossFire support for the entire ATI Radeon X1000 product series under Microsoft Vista. Users will see significant performance gains in a number of applications when running in CrossFire mode under Windows Vista.

CrossFire Enhancements for Windows Vista

Catalyst 7.3 includes CrossFire enhancements for Windows Vista that enable the Alternate Frame Rendering (AFR) CrossFire rendering mode by default, enabling performance benefits for all AFR compatible applications immediately (including newly released applications that have not been officially profiled for CrossFire). Future Catalyst releases will add further CrossFire performance gains once new applications have been profiled specifically for CrossFire.

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System

- 3DMark2006: Enabling AA to 4x no longer result in an error message being displayed when running the benchmark under the 64 bit version of Windows Vista.
- Call of Duty: Setting AA to either 2 or 4x no longer results in display corruption or the Vista operating system failing to respond when using an ATI Radeon™ X800/850 series of product.
- Call of Duty->United Offensive: Setting the in game video mode to 2048x1536 no longer results in display corruption being noticed when playing the game under Windows Vista.
- City of Heroes: Changing the display resolution to 2560x1600 or higher no longer results in the game failing to run.
- Doom 3: Attempting to play the game on a system running the Windows Vista operating system and containing an ATI Radeon™ X550/700 series of product no longer results in the operating system failing to respond.
- NBA Live 07: The full animation is no longer displayed when launching the game with AA set to 2x or higher.
- Never Winter Nights: Display flicker is no longer noticed when launching the game in a rotated mode of 90 degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise.
- Never Winter Nights->Shadows of Undrentide: Attempting to play the game under the Windows Vista operating system (64bit version) no longer results in the opening cinematic failing to play when using an LCD display device.
- The Force TV option is no longer active after deselecting the option and then re-launching the Catalyst™ Control Center.
- The Microsoft Vista gamma settings set by the operating system is no longer overwritten when launching the Catalyst™ Control Center.
- Launching the Catalyst™ Control Center after hot-plugging a secondary CRT display device no longer results in the desktop image reverting to a black and white image requiring a re-installation of the display driver.
- Display corruption is no longer noticed when clone mode is enabled and the displays are set to either 1280x1024 75/85/100 Hz. or 1400x1050 60Hz.
- Installing an ATI Radeon™ X800 GT in a system running the Windows Vista 64bit version operating system no longer results in the WDM driver being unloaded when opening a window or application.
- Running through the express un-install of the Catalyst™ driver no longer results in a white display image.
- Connecting a display device using an HDMI cable no longer results in the display device failing to display the Vista desktop image if the display device is powered off and then powered back on.
- A brief green display is no longer noticed prior to the welcome screen when boot Vista or when changing the display resolution or color depth.
- Connecting a TV and setting it as the primary display device no longer results in the TV screen going blank when adjusting the Flicker Removal option found in the Catalyst™ Control Center->TV Properties->Image Quality.
- Attempting to toggle between the LCD display device and a TV using the hotkey function no longer results in extended desktop mode becoming enabled.
- Hot-unplugging a secondary CRT display device while the Vista screen saver is active no longer results in corruption being noticed on the LCD display when ending the screen saver activity.
- The display driver no longer fails when installing under the Korean version of Windows Vista.
- The back button in the ATI Uninstaller is now functioning properly.
- Attempting to resume from an S3 state under Vista no longer results in the CRT display device failing to display an image.
- The date is no longer reported incorrectly within the Catalyst™ Control Center->Information Center->Graphics Hardware->BIOS Date.
- Catalyst™ Control Center->Display Manager: Connecting only a CRT display device to a system running Windows Vista no longer results in TV display modes being available.
- Connecting both a CRT and a TV no longer results in the displays swapping to the CRT mode only when changing the TV format from either NTSC to PAL or PAL to NTSC.
- Using WinDVD 8 Platinum or PowerDVD 7 deluxe under the Windows Vista operating system no longer results in slow performance being noticed.
- Using WinDVD8 to play a DVD title no longer results in the DVD menu screen appearing black.
- Using the Windows Media Player to playback a DVD title under the Windows Vista operating system no longer results in the playback of the DVD appearing choppy when using full screen mode.
- Catalyst™ Control Center no longer fails to launch when changing the status of CrossFire™ for the first time.
- Enabling CrossFire™ no longer results in mouse cursor being seen on a third display device as if clone mode were enabled.
- Catalyst™ Control Center->Digital Panel Properties->Attributes: Applying the Reduce DVI Frequency on high-resolution displays no longer results in the display device displaying a blank screen with the mouse pointer being displayed and active.
- The enable CrossFire™ option is no longer greyed out after configuring a system with the CrossFire™ ribbon cable.
- The slave display device no longer fails to render when hot-plugging the display device using the interlink dongle.
- Enabling CrossFire™ followed by unplugging the dongle no longer results in a message indicating that CrossFire™ is disabled and CrossFire™ failing to become disabled.
- Running through the un-install of the AMD display driver no longer results in an ATI folder remaining on the user's system.
- The Catalyst™ Install Manger now displays all of the correct menu items under the Chinese version of Windows Vista.

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System

- Uninstalling the graphics drivers no longer results in some of the files and folders failing to be removed in the Program File folder.
- Hot-plugging an HDMI TV to the DVI port of graphics adapter via HDMI to DVI cable no longer results in the DVI-to-HDMI detection message appearing but then disappearing within 30 seconds or when making a slight mouse movement. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system.
- Extend desktop mode no longer fails to work after rotating the extended secondary desktop to 90 degrees. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system.
- The Microsoft Vista gamma settings set by the operating system is no longer overwritten when launching the Catalyst™ Control Center 737-25505
- Catalyst™ Control Center->Basic View: Setting the regional and language settings to German no longer results in corruption being noticed in the Quick Setting->Video Playback->Adjust Video for Room Brightness option found in the Catalyst™ Control Center.
Catalyst™ Control Center: Swapping the primary and secondary display devices no longer results in the inability to change the display resolution.
- Catalyst™ Control Center: The language is no longer switched for Chinese traditional and Chinese simplified.
- Catalyst™ Control Center: Setting the language option to Simplified Chinese no longer results in Chinese characters being inconsistent. Further details can be found in topic number.
- Catalyst™ Control Center->Component Video Properties->Adjustments: The Apply button is no longer greyed out when making adjustments to the Brightness, Contrast, or Saturation sliders.
- Catalyst™ Control Center: Creating a profile no longer results in the profile shortcut not being deleted from desktop after uninstalling the Catalyst™ Control Center.
- The Catalyst™ Control Center now launches under localized version of the operating system when using MS .NET 2.0 IPC.
- The Catalyst™ Control Center no longer intermittently disappears when running in the background of the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating system.
- Enabling clone mode and attempting to launch the Catalyst™ Control Center by right clicking on the desktop no longer results in the Catalyst™ Control Center failing to launch.
- Disabling a secondary display device when horizontally stretched desktop is enabled no longer results in the Catalyst™ Control Center becoming corrupt and unusable.
- Installing a newer version of the Catalyst™ Control Center over an older version no longer results in the newer version failing to install.
- Catalyst™ Control Center->Advanced Mode: The Video aspect Help now loads when pressing F1.
- The Help files for video aspects found in the Catalyst™ Control Center are now up to date.
- Catalyst™ Control Center->Overdrive: User setting are now retained when making changes to the Graphics Processor and Graphics Memory Statuses.
- Hot-plugging a CRT display device and switching the screen position and size to the right in the Catalyst™ Control Center, no longer results in the desktop image switching back to the center position when switching to dual mode.
- Flashing is no longer noticed when hot-plugging a CRT display device and enabling extended desktop mode under the Vista operating system.
- Using the hotkey function Fn+F4 to cycle through display options no longer results in the operating system hanging intermittently.
- Using WinDVD to play a DVD title no longer results in the right portion of the display being cut-off and the player image shifting to the left.
- Display corruption is no longer noticed after the Windows XP logo is displayed and prior to the display driver loading.
- Catalyst™ Control Center->Avivo Video->Theater Mode: Enabling Theater Mode and Clone mode no longer result in the operating system failing to respond when using the hotkey function to switch between display devices.
- Catalyst™ Control Center->Video->Avivo Quality aspect page: The Pulldown detection option is no longer missing. Further details can be found in topic number 737-26679
- Catalyst™ Control Center: The HDTV display mode of 1080i30 is now added to the pre-defined and custom modes found in the Catalyst™ Control Center->Digital Panel Properties->HDTV Support.
Connecting a display device to the DVI connector no longer results in the display device failing to display a full screen image when setting the display resolution to 1280x720 60Hz.

Known Issues Under the Windows Vista Operating System
This section provides information on known issues associated with the ATI Catalyst™ Vista RTM driver for both the 32bit and 64bit versions of the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. These include:

- Doom3/Quake: Setting the in game options for Video Quality to Medium and Screen Size to 1024x768 may result in display corruption being noticed when setting AA to 4x.
- Homeworld2: Setting the game options to default and starting a single player game may result in display corruption being noticed.
- IL2 Sturmovik->Forgotten Battles: Setting the in-game hardware options to custom and landscape detail to perfect may result in the water textures appearing corrupt when playing the game under the Windows Vista operating system.
- Never Winter Nights->Shadows of Under tide: Attempting to play the game on a system containing an ATI Radeon™ X800/850 series of product and running the Windows Vista operating system may result in game failing to respond after playing the opening cinematic.
- NHL 07: The in-game display settings may fail to be applied when playing the game under the Windows Vista operating system when using a supported ATI Radeon™ product.
- Quake 4: game corruption may be noticed when playing the game under the Windows Vista operating system when using an ATI Radeon™ 9800 XT product.
- Quake 4/Serious Sam: Attempting to launch the games with AA set to 2x or higher and the Catalyst™ Control Center->Advanced View->3D preview running in the background may result in the operating system failing to respond.
- X-Plane: Playing the game under the Windows Vista operating system may result in display corruption being noticed when using an ATI Radeon™ X1900/1950 series of product.
- Playing a DVD under the Windows Vista operating system using the Windows Media Player may result in the DVD failing to play when switching between display devices using the hot-key function.
- OverDrive™ may not function as expected under the Windows Vista operating system when running an OpenGL application.
- Resuming from an S3 state may result in a longer than expected time for the Windows Vista operating system to resume.
- Hot-plugging a CRT to a system running Windows Vista and containing an ATI Radeon™ X1100/1150 series of product may result in extended desktop mode failing to be applied.
- The Reactivate ATI color controls option found in the Catalyst™ Control Center->color aspect may remain greyed out when attempting to reactivate the option.

Known Issues Under the Windows XP Operating System
The following section provides a summary of open issues in the latest version of Catalyst™. These include:

- Call of Duty: An error message may appear when task switching between the game and the Windows desktop. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system.
- Starwars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords: Setting the in-game display option to low settings may result in corruption being noticed within the game.
- Enabling CrossFire™ may result in display corruption being noticed when playing a DVD or media clip using either WinDVD 7, Windows Media Player or PowerDVD 6.
- Catalyst™ Control Center->OverDrive: The OverDrive setting are not retained for individual accounts. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system.
- The response time for the Catalyst™ Control Center may appear slow when attempting to make changes to the display devices when having both a CRT and HDTV connected and extended desktop mode enabled. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system.
- Choppy playback of media previews and captured files may be noticed in the media center and movie maker after applying WMP 11 update. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system.
- Installing an ATI Radeon™ X1900 CrossFire™ Master and X1900 slave under Windows XP may result in AA settings failing to be retained when rebooting the system. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system.
- A Microsoft .NET Framework error may appear when switching between user accounts and or toggling between Catalyst™ Control Center skins.
- Making changes to the 3D-All Setting aspect may result in the SmoothVision slider and labels failing to be redrawn properly.
- Attempting to run TV in the Windows Vista media center may result in the operating system rebooting.
- Launching the release notes under the Japanese or Chinese version of Windows may result in the release notes displaying a blank page. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system.
- The response time for the Catalyst™ Control Center may appear slow when attempting to make changes to the display devices when having both a CRT and HDTV connected and extended desktop mode enabled. This issue may also be experienced under the Windows Vista operating system.


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