ATI Catalyst 10.1 BETA Adds New OpenGL Extensions

ATI Catalyst display drivers

GPU Caps Viewer and Catalyst 10.1 beta

A new set of Catalyst graphics drivers is available. This driver is the BETA version of the upcoming Catalyst 10.1.

From this source, there are several new things in Catalyst 10.1:

  • CrossFire X profiles per application will now be in a separate XML file that it will be possible to update independently of the driver itself
  • ATI CrossFire X with PowerPlay for the Radeon 5x00s: reduced energy consumption of additional cards
  • AMD Dual Graphics: Possibility of combining performances of the IGP of the RS880 with the forthcoming entry level GPUs from the Cedar and Park ranges.
  • 3D Stereoscopics: Update of the D3D driver so as to allow third party firms such as IZ3D to use their 3D solution with 120 Hz screens. Support for Bit Cauldron glasses.
  • Eyefinity: Bezel Management
  • Better GPU acceleration in Windows 7 Video Converter
  • Support for DisplayPort Audio (already in the 9.12 hotfix)
  • If laptop manufacturers allow it, possibility of installing the Catalysts on a laptop in Vista and 7
  • Improvement of 2D performance in Linux
  • Support for Ubuntu 9.10 and OpenSUSE 11.2

Catalyst 10.1 and Application profiles

Some details from GPU Caps Viewer (version 1.8.2 is HERE):

– Drivers Version: 8.700.0.0 – Catalyst 09.12 (12-10-2009) – atiglpxx.dll
– ATI Catalyst Version String: 09.12
– ATI Catalyst Release Version String: 8.70-091210a-092787E-ATI
– OpenGL Version: 3.2.9327 Compatibility Profile Context
– OpenGL Extensions: 178 extensions

For OpenGL developers, Catalyst 10.1 beta adds 2 new extensions compared to Catalyst 9.12:

  • GL_AMD_shader_stencil_export: not yet documented. But in short, this extension allows a pixel shader to write values into the stencil buffer…
  • GL_EXT_histogram

The OpenCL GPU driver has been updated from version CAL 1.4.515 to CAL 1.4.519.

OpenCL and GPU Caps Viewer

You can download Catalyst 10.1 beta via Rage3D.


5 thoughts on “ATI Catalyst 10.1 BETA Adds New OpenGL Extensions”

  1. Leith

    Hopefully with the new XML files, they will add support for custom per application profiles, for adding AA and AF to old games without overriding newer games. Like NVIDIA does.

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