ATI Catalyst 10.10

AMD released version 10.10 of their ATI video card driver package.

What's new:

  • Introduction of AMD Catalyst™ Accelerated Parallel Processing ("APP") technology Edition
  • Video acceleration for WMV HD® video content
  • Enhanced Dynamic Contrast video controls
  • Introduction of AMD HD3D Technology

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System:

  • Screen no longer becomes static after changing resolution in "Just Cause 2™" with CrossFire enabled under Multi-GPU configuration
  • Secondary (Slave) GPU and Memory Clock values will now increase when D3D samples/games are running in fullscreen mode
  • The maximum support mode will now be properly displayed when the CRT is connected via the DP-to-VGA dongle
  • Negative CrossFire scaling no longer experienced in "Need for Speed™: Shift 2" on the ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 card
  • Tearing corruption no longer visible in "Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2" with CrossFire enabled
  • VGA display will now light up when hotplugged into the VGA port on a system booted without any displays connected
  • Changing the HDMI™ display output to 1776x1000 through the operating system resolution setting no longer causes the refresh rate to default to 30Hz
  • Frame drops no longer visible during WinDVD® Blu-ray playback with display resolution set to 25x16
  • Changes to HDMI display scaling are now retained after system reboot
  • System no longer displays blue screen during HDMI audio driver upgrade if existing version is not uninstalled prior to installation
  • Unwanted desktop experience no longer visible while viewing Blu-ray content on 120 Hz displays

 View: Release notes
 Download: ATI Catalyst 10.10 driver

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While the HD4xxx series doesn't support the video acceleration feature, all (and I do mean exactly that, including the budget and Mobility parts!) of the HD5xxx line does. (The reason that the DX10-based HD4xxx/3xxx/2xxx don't support the new features is that they are upstream of Stream and require OpenCL support.)

It is for that reason that I like the HD5xxx as a line - the features are (mostly) pervasive through the entire line.

It's a shame that so many of the new video features don't work on the 4000 series. I'd have thought there would be a way to achieve those effects on any dx10 card at the very least.

"Video acceleration for WMV HD® video content"

that's about the only thing i am wondering what they are referring to.

does it mean hardware accelerated ENCODES or DECODES?

because with VLC Player that already has hardware acceleration of .wmv and .mkv (h264) for a while now.

ThaCrip said,
"Video acceleration for WMV HD® video content"

that's about the only thing i am wondering what they are referring to.

does it mean hardware accelerated ENCODES or DECODES?

because with VLC Player that already has hardware acceleration of .wmv and .mkv (h264) for a while now.

To me it seems like decodes..perhaps in players other than VLC?

Mieky242 said,

To me it seems like decodes..perhaps in players other than VLC?

i think your right. i just tried Windows Media Player in Windows 7 and it must be using hardware acceleration on a .wmv file because the CPU floats around what it does in VLC when hardware acceleration is turned on.

p.s. i never tried WMP prior to the 10.10 driver but i would assume it probably had higher CPU use like most of my other 720p files are which are not hardware accelerated which typically floats around 30percent or so on CPU instead of the 10-ish percent it's at with hardware acceleration turned on.