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Catalyst 8.5 Hotfix for Radeon AGP Graphics Cards

Symptoms: DirectX not functioning with Radeon AGP graphics cards.
After installing Catalyst 7.9 or higher an error is received launching DirectX based games. The error indicates that Direct3D Failed to Initialize or similar.

In Vista your Experience score will drop to 1.0.

The DirectX Diagnostic tests will fail in both XP and Vista.

Download Catalyst 8.5 Hotfix by clicking on the appropriate link below:
Catalyst 8.5 Hotfic for AGP

ATI Catalyst 8.5 Analysis – XP and Vista

AMD has just released a new Catalyst driver for Radeon graphics cards – TweakTown checks out performance under XP and Vista.
Read the article HERE.

While there were some performance increases promised, we didn’t really see much across the board. Crysis performance actually took a bit of a hit with the HD 3870 X2. We wouldn’t be in a huge hurry to upgrade to the latest set of drivers unless there were some fixes in the release notes for you.

Catalyst 8.5: OpenGL Extensions

Here is the list of OpenGL extensions supported by Catalyst 8.5 drivers.

There are 7 new extensions:
– GL_AMDX_vertex_shader_tessellator
– GL_EXT_framebuffer_blit
– GL_EXT_framebuffer_multisample
– GL_EXT_texture_shared_exponent
– WGL_EXT_pixel_format_packed_float
– GL_EXT_packed_float
– GL_ARB_half_float_pixel

Graphics card used: Radeon HD 3870

– Operating System: Windows XP SP2 32-bit
– Drivers Version: 8.493.0.0 – Catalyst 08.5
– ATI Catalyst Version String: 08.5
– ATI Catalyst Release Version String: 8.493-080512a-063030C-ATI
– OpenGL Version: 2.1.7537 Release
– GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language) Version: 1.20

OpenGL Extensions: 103 extensions

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ATI Catalyst 8.5

ATI has released the new Catalyst graphics drivers for Radeon GPU based graphics cards.

[French]ATI vient juste de sortir les nouveaux pilotes graphiques Catalyst pour cartes graphiques à base de GPU Radeon.[/French]

Catalyst 8.5 introduces the following new features:
• Catalyst™ Control Center Component Video
• ATI Graphics Driver Un-install Enhancement
• SECAM TV Out Support
• 1080p HDTV custom mode
• HDMI Audio for non-standard TV modes
• Adaptive AA on OpenGL for Catalyst™ Control Center
• 1080p24 Mode Support
• Windows XP Service Pack 3 support

Download for WinXP 32
Download for WinXP 64
Download for Vista 32
Download for Vista 64
Release Notes
Catalyst 8.5 For Linux @ Phoronix

RivaTuner 2.09

Rivatuner has been updated towards version 2.09 This release includes a huge number of new stuff, obviously GeForce 9×00 support has been added as well as ForceWare 175.xx and Catalyst 8.4 support.
RivaTuner a été updaté vers la version 2.09. Cette version inclue beaucoup de nouveautés dont le support des GeForce 9×00 ainsi que des pilotes Forceware 175.xx et Catalyst 8.4.

RivaTuner 2.09

Catalyst 8.4: OpenGL Extensions

Here is the list of OpenGL extensions supported by Catalyst 8.4 drivers. There are 96 extensions.

Graphics Card Used: Radeon HD 3870

– Drivers Version: 8.471.0.0 – Catalyst 08.4
– ATI Catalyst Version String: 08.4
– ATI Catalyst Release Version String: 8.476-080328a-060999C-ATI
– OpenGL Version: 2.1.7415 Release
– GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language) Version: 1.20

OpenGL Extensions: 96 extensions

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