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Intel Gallium3D Graphics Driver Performance
     Mon, Mar 14 2011 | 9:01A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"While Intel remains to be the only major graphics vendor standing strong behind their classic Mesa driver on Linux for open-source support rather than drawing up plans to move to the Gallium3D driver architecture, there is actually available a Gallium3D driver available for Intel hardware. This Intel Gallium3D driver has been around since close to Gallium3D's inception, but it targets the older generations of Intel IGPs and was developed by VMware as a proof of concept. The driver is incomplete, but our testing shows that for those with Intel 945 netbooks and other hardware, the "i915g" driver is usable. In this article are benchmarks showing how this Intel Gallium3D driver compares to Intel's officially supported classic Mesa DRI driver."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

NVIDIA ForceWare 266.58 Performance Analysis
     Sun, Feb 20 2011 | 9:02A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"NVIDIA release a heap of drivers. It seems there's one coming out every week lately. Unlike AMD, NVIDIAs betas are really pushed throughout the enthusiast community. If we did the same kind of thing with the NVIDIA ForceWare drivers as we do with AMD and its Catalyst drivers, I would be testing ForceWare drivers 24 / 7. The ForceWare 266.58 driver set is more important, because unlike a lot of other drivers this is a WHQL one; which for people who prefer to only upgrade when WHQL ones make their way to the market, it could well be time for an upgrade. With a whole lot of new models recently as well, there's finally a chance to get off those betas and get on some proper WHQL ones. So what are the performance improvements? Let's take a quick look at what's in the release notes before we get stuck into the benchmarks."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.5.0.1027 with SRT Support @ NGOHQ.com
     Fri, Feb 11 2011 | 6:30P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Intel Rapid Storage Technology software package provides high-performance SATA AHCI and SATA RAID capabilities for Microsoft Windows operating systems. Intel Rapid Storage Technology provides improved performance and reliability for systems equipped with SATA disks for desktop, mobile, and server platforms. When using one or multiple SATA disks, you can take advantage of enhanced performance and lower power consumption. This version adds support for Intel Smart Response Technology (SSD caching)."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

AMD Catalyst 11.1 Windows 7 Driver Analysis
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 4:03P | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As we roll into another year and the first month comes to a close, it comes as no surprise that we begin to see a new iteration of the Catalyst driver suite. As you would've guessed, we're dealing now with the 11 series driver and being both the first one and the January one, the exact name is the 11.1 driver. This has been a little weird this time around, as AMD actually released a hot fix version of the driver before the official WHQL one. This is something we're seeing more and more from them and it will be interesting if over time we continue to see "monthly" WHQL drivers, instead of just "monthly" driver updates. The thing is, over the recent months we've seen the official WHQL driver come followed by a bunch of non WHQL hot fix versions. We know the WHQL process takes time, and we would assume it also costs money, so it will be interesting to see if anything changes in 2011."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

AMD Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix Now Available on NGOHQ.com
     Wed, Jan 19 2011 | 3:52A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD has released a new build of their Catalyst software suite. This particular software suite updates both the AMD Display Driver, and the Catalyst Control Center. This unified driver has been further enhanced to provide the highest level of power, performance, and reliability. The AMD Catalyst software suite is the ultimate in performance and stability. Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix brings the following features: AMD Radeon HD 6900 and AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series: • 3DMark Vantage improves ~7% • 3DMark06 improves ~3% • Call of Duty Black Ops improves ~20% at 4xMSAA and up to 35% at 8xMSAA • Riddick Assault on Dark Athena SSAO performance improves ~20% • Unigine Heaven OpenGL performance improves ~10% at moderate, 30% at normal and 100% at extreme tessellation levels AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series: • Aliens vs. Predators improves ~9% at 2xMSAA and up to 20% at 4xMSAA • Batman Arkham Asylum improves ~4% • Crysis Warhead improves ~2-4% • Metro 2033 improves ~28% at 4xMSAA AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series: • Battleforge DirectX 11 performance improves as much as 6% AMD Optimized Tessellation The Catalyst Control Center includes an early prototype of some new tessellation controls. Our goal is to give users full control over the tessellation levels used in applications. The default selection “AMD Optimized” setting allows AMD, on a per application basis, to set the best level of tessellation. The intention is to help users get the maximum visual benefit of Tessellation, while minimizing the impact on performance. Currently no applications have been profiled, so the “AMD Optimized” setting will be non-operational until further notice. Download"
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

AMD Catalyst 10.9 Windows 7 Driver Analysis
     Sat, Oct 23 2010 | 9:04A | Drivers | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As we roll into the end of September which marks a few things like the end of the third quarter, the start of the new HD 6000 series coming, a new Catalyst driver suite and what could be an end to NVIDIAs very short reign on the mid range video card market, we find ourselves excited about October. From next month onward we should begin to see what we really only know at this point as "Bart", being offered from AMD. I've been practicing the whole AMD thing, trying to get ATI out of my vocabulary, as no doubt the release of the HD 6000 series will almost mean the end of the ATI name, a name we've grown to love (and sometimes hate)."
  FULL STORY @ WINDOWS

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