[Graphics Drivers] ATI Catalyst 10.8 Available

ATI Catalyst

Catalyst 10.8 + HD 5870 + GPU Caps Viewer
Catalyst 10.8 + HD 5870 + GPU Caps Viewer

AMD has just released the August 2010 edition of Catalyst graphics drivers. According to the release notes, here are the new things:

  • OpenGL ES 2.0 support: ATI Catalyst 10.8 delivers full support for OpenGL ES 2.0 specification. Enables 3D accelerated graphics within a web browser that supports OpenGL ES 2.0. Supported on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
  • Video Quality default options
  • Performance enhancement for Eyefinity Quad ATI CrossFireX configurations
  • Anti-Aliasing support for StarCraft II

There are also minor performance improvements (5%) in Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and Stormrise…

Maybe I missed this part in the release notes, but there’s no mention of OpenGL bugfixes, especially the one related to tessellation with the Radeon HD 5870:

Catalyst 10.7 + HD 5870 + TessMark
Catalyst 10.7 + HD 5870 + TessMark

I just tested and now, TessMark works fine with my HD 5870. I will publish tomorrow a complete comparative table for TessMark 😉

Since we mention OpenGL, Catalyst 10.8 are still an OpenGL 4.0 driver and there is no new extension. So for a complete OpenGL extensions list, see Catalyst 10.7 news.

Other useful info from GPU Caps Viewer:
– Drivers Version: 8.762.0.0 – Catalyst 10.8 (8-3-2010) – atig6pxx.dll
– ATI Catalyst Version String: 10.8
– ATI Catalyst Release Version String: 8.762-100803a-103691C-ATI
– OpenGL Version: 4.0.10151 Compatibility Profile/Debug Context
– GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language) Version: 4.00

As usual, you can download Catalyst 10.8 from these links: