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 Jul 19, 2005 - 01:00 PM - by Michael
* Catalyst 5.7 performance

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Elite Bastards take a look at the performance of the 5.7 Catalyst drivers, and they pronounce them solid.

Upgrade warily depending on your game of choice and your need for the highest framerates.

As per usual, ATI have brought us another solid, stable driver set in CATALYST 5.7. Although we didn't test it explicitly here, performance of CATALYST Control Center does seem to have improved since the 5.5 driver release as promised, and everything feels just that little bit zippier when working with the driver settings.

As far as performance is concerned, there certainly isn't any bad news from this driver set for users of 128MB (And we can assume 64MB, if there are many of those still around) boards. However, gamers certainly shouldn't expect the kind of spectacular framerate increases promised in the release notes at the settings they are likely to be playing at. I have no doubt that ATI's quoted improvements at 1600x1200 with 6x anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering are correct, but let's be honest - Who uses 128MB boards at those settings?


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