New ATI Catalyst Drivers

As noted in this announcement, the ATI Technologies Website (thanks Chase) now offers a new version 3.2 of the Catalyst reference drivers for their RADEON family of video cards. The latest release also incorporates version 8.1 of their Multimedia Center software suite.
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Re: I want my ATI!
Mar 13, 2003, 23:41
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Re: I want my ATI! Mar 13, 2003, 23:41
Mar 13, 2003, 23:41
 
Heh; I was just trying to pimp the 9700/9800.

The fast framerates are nice and the newer features can be neato-freato, but it is the visual quality - slightly from ATI and more from the AA (and AF to a much lesser extent) - that make this current generation of cards so great. Even with a lower-end processor, you can pretty much play all games with some form of AA and it really does make a significant visual difference, much more than any (current) bump mapping/pixel shader/truform/what have you.

For those with a limited budget (or those other people - the "sane" people :o), you won't suddenly drop dead from a heart attack if you don't have one of the newer cards. However, I do think that AA/AF are really viable options now, not to mention future generations.

Lastly, this is not an ATI-specific thing, but I focus on ATI as I both have the card and view ATI as the price (9700) and performance (9800) leader, at least against the FX and with a nod towards high-end gaming.

Having said all of this, Doom 3 make my card its b...uhh...bare minimum. I do not think that there is anybody that will not have to upgrade for Doom 3 or similar games.

Thinking that I would take Thief III over Doom 3, though :D,
Ray

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