New AMD catalyst driver adds DX10 support for Radeon HD 2900 XT graphic cards

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

Sunnyvale (CA) – AMD has released the fifth driver upgrade for its Radeon graphics card family.

Version 7.5 introduces the ATI DirectX 10 driver for single-card and Crossfire configurations of the Radeon HD 2900 XT. DX10 will work in 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions for a single-card system, but only in 32-bit in Crossfire installations, AMD said.

Additionally, there is a usual array of performance improvements that go along with the driver release. AMD claims that OpenGL running with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering is improved for the Radeon X1950 XTX under Windows Vista. Cards with this chip are estimated to see performance gains of up to 18% in Doom 3 and Quake 4 as well as more than 15% in Prey. The Radeon X1950 Pro and Radeon X1650 XT also see improvements in Doom 3 and Quake 4 up to 14.1% at higher resolutions with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled, AMD said.

The new Linux driver adds an updated version of the Catalyst Control Center. According to the manufacturer, the software now includes 3D settings which can enable and disable various 3D features in graphic-design applications, CAD applications, and games. There are also new display settings, color settings, and information about the current graphics hardware and software configurations.

The 7.5 driver can be downloaded from AMD’s website at ati.amd.com