ATI Catalyst 8.5

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 While normally new Catalyst drivers don’t warrant
a comment the newest version do. This is because not
only do they add the usual performance increases for
games in DirectX 9 and 10 but it’s also certified for
Windows XP Service Pack 3. There are also new TV-out
features including a bigger range of HD supported
formats.

New features in Catalyst 8.5 include among others:

– SECAM TV-Out Support
– 1080p HDTV custom mode
– HDMI Audio for non-standard TV modes
– 1080p24 Mode Support
– Adaptive AA on OpenGL for Catalyst Control Center

There are also fixes for the following games:

Cliver Barker’s Jericho, Colin McRae: Dirt, Crysis,
Doom 3, Farcry, Gears of War, Quake Wars, Halo 2,
Hellgate: London, Team Fortress 2, Stranglehold
and many more.

What this means for you? A number of fixes and
improvements available which might make your
games run with a better frame rate without having
to buy new hardware. That’s always a bonus!

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