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ATI Releases Catalyst 7.10: Does it Measure Up to the Hype?
George Ross, October 18, 2007

Last week ATI released the Catalyst 7.10 driver promising significant performance gains. So I decided to put it through its paces, and see were these performance enhancements are. Here is what I came up with.

The Hardware
Here are the major components of my test system.

Processor AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ "Windsor" @ 3.4GHz
Motherboard ABIT KN9
Memory 4GB GeIL DDR2 800 (PC6400) @ 4-4-4-12 Dual Channel Mode
Hard Drive Western Digital WD 150ADFD-00NLR1 150GB 10,000RPM 16MB cache
Video Card SAPPHIRE X1900GT PCI Express x16


Ever notice how PR people are a lot more enthusiastic about there products than what they should be. The Catalyst 7.10 driver does offer more performance for the X1900GT, but it is not quite the boost I had hoped for. This has probably helped with the newer HD2000 series more so than the older X1000 series. This driver does give a performance boost and fixes bugs, but there is no genie in this bottle that I have seen.

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