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ATi Releases Catalyst 10.8 for all Operating Systems!

ATI has released Cataylst 10.8 for all Operating Systems. Here’s links for your operating system as well as highlights from the releases notes 😀

Windows 7 x86 (x64)

Windows Vista x86 (x64)

Windows XP x86 (x64)

From the Release Notes:

New Features

This section provides information on new features found in this release of the ATI
Radeon™ Display Driver. These include the following:

  • OpenGL ES 2.0 support
  • Video Quality default options
  • Performance enhancement for Eyefinity Quad ATI CrossFireX™ configurations
  • Anti-Aliasing support for StarCraft II

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
The Default video options for ATI Catalyst™ have been greatly enhanced to deliver
the best quality video viewing experience. Users can also choose to apply these
settings to Internet Video via a new checkbox control within the ATI Catalyst™

Control Center

  • In the “Advanced Color” section, the following defaults are now enabled:
  • Color vibrance (default = 40)
  • Flesh tone correction (default = 50)
  • Brighter Whites
  • In the “Advanced Quality” section, the following defaults are now enabled:
  • Edge-enhancement (default = 25)
  • De-noise (default = 64)
  • Mosquito Noise Reduction (default = 50)
  • De-blocking (default = 50)

Note: Video Quality option settings can be accessed by launching the
Catalyst™ Control Center and clicking on “Graphics”, then “Video”
and “All Settings”.

Performance enhancement for Eyefinity Quad ATI CrossFireX™ configurations

Performance has been greatly improved for users running with ATI Eyefinity on a
Quad ATI CrossFireX™ configuration

Anti-Aliasing support for StarCraft II
ATI Catalyst™ Control Center enabled Anti-Aliasing is now available for StarCraft II

Catalyst™ Application Profiles

The following application profiles are available with this release of Catalyst™ 10.8:

  • Singularity – CrossFire™ profile update
  • Mafia 2 – CrossFire™ profile update
  • Final Fantasy XIV Benchmark – new CrossFire™ profile
  • Lord of the Rings Online – new CrossFire™ profile
  • Aliens Vs. Predator – CrossFire™ profile update

Performance Improvements

The following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst™ 10.8:

  • Far Cry 2
  • Performance increases 2-6% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series single and
    CrossFire™ configurations

  • Performance increases 2-4% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series single and
    CrossFire™ configurations

  • Performance increases 3-8% on ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series single and
    CrossFire™ configurations

  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Performance increases 3-5% on CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 series and
    CrossFire™ ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 series configurations

  • Stormrise
  • Performance increases 5-10% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5600 series and ATI
    Radeon™ HD 5500 series configurations

Resolved Issues for All Windows Operating Systems

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows. These include:

  • HDMI default refresh rate now appears properly as 60 Hz under HDTV in Catalyst™
    Control Center

  • Catalyst™ Control Center – Basic wizard pane or resolution combo box in “Display
    Setting for Desktop Viewing” page no longer turns blank in basic view for
    component video mode

  • “FSAA” is a selectable option in City of Heroes / City of Heroes Going Rogue™

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • Desktop line corruption no longer observed after powering off the DP display and
    then turning it on while viewing Blu-ray content

  • “Borderlands” no longer fails after a duration of gameplay
  • Opening numerous windows in Adobe Photoshop CS5 no longer causes application
    to fail

  • Re-sizing Windows Media Player while viewing 720/1080 WMV video content no
    longer causes the screen to turn black

  • “ARMA 2: Operation Arrowhead” game now works in CrossFire™ mode
  • Shifting mouse cursor between displays no longer causes intermittent cursor
    corruption or system lock up

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows Vista. These include:

  • Catalyst™ Control Center no longer fails and displays error message while
    transcoding specific video files on 64-bit operating systems

  • AVI video no longer lags during playback within Microsoft PowerPoint slide deck
  • 3D and video settings in Catalyst™ Control Center are now retained after resume
    from sleep/hibernate

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System

This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™
Software Suite for Windows XP. These include:

  • Hardware acceleration is now enabled in PowerDVD
  • Minor frame drops are no longer observed while viewing HD interlaced content