Radeon Catalyst and display driver 9.6 NEW

ex_08apr_dmm_radeon4890_gameA new driver is released for almost all recent Radeon display adapters. The following improvements are announced with this new driver

  • Company of Heroes – performance improves up to 25% with HD 4600 series products and below as well as improvements of up to 10% on HD 4800 series
  • Crysis – performance improves up to 13% in multi-GPU configurations
  • Crysis Warhead – performance improves up to 11% in multi-GPU configurations
  • World in Conflict – performance improvements of up to 30% can be seen in settings
    that were previously CPU limited

Also, some crashes and problems with the CCC has been fixed.

This is all great, but now in a time where AMD (ATI) cards are considered better than their equivalents in nVidia, I think it is time for AMD to stand up for the challenge and fix embarrassing bugs such as:

  • 3D graphics corruption in many games with Adaptive anti-aliasing enabled.
  • Games crash on minimize and resolution changes.
  • funny looking effects.
  • Buggy deinterlacing that actually make movies interlaced (scan-line effect)
  • V-sinc does not know when to turn on or off
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AMD (ATI) must work more with the developers and do more “Best played on Radeon” games. Also it is time to flood the market with DirectX 10.1 games, since no nVidia cards already supports it. and I’m not talking about crappy games such as Stormrise.

Radeon card are strong but I feel that this miss a Strong software support.

what do you think

play Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X on DirectX 10.1

Tom Clany's H.A.W.X DX 10.1Tom Clany’s H.A.W.X DX 10.1This game is the first game I know that has a DirectX 10.1 mode, anyway it is a little tricky to activate it.

First, I don’t  know of any nVidia card that has DirectX 10.1  support, too bad for the new expansive nvidia 200 series owners. ATI 4800 series a fully compatible.

Second you must have Windows Vista Service pack 1 installed, not even the regular vista will do. Sorry.

Now you must have the game correctly installed and working, you maybe have noticed that there is a disabled DirectX 10 tab in the video options of the game, this trick will enable it as well.

Instead on running the game normally (double clicking the icon) right click it then select “Play Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X DX10”, (You can also browse to the game’s installation folder and open HAWX_dx10.exe instead of HAWX.exe )

You are good to go, now you can enable DirectX 10.1 from the new directX 10 menu in the game’s video settings.

This has been tested and found working on my ATI 4890.

Restoring windows Display after starting TV-tools

TV tools is a software that is supposed to manage and control nVidia cards TV out.

If you have made the mistake of installing this software without reading the documentation first. Your screen may go blank and there is nothing you can see. even after a restart.

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