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Application Performance Increases By Up To 20% with Latest ATI FirePro Graphics Driver

March 19, 2010

AMD today announced professional graphics users can access several new ATI FirePro graphics driver features designed to accelerate application performance and enhance reliability. Available for download, version 8.702 of the ATI FirePro graphics driver incorporates tremendous application tuning efforts, resulting in significant performance improvements -- more than 20 percent --for Dassault Systemes CATIA, Autodesk 3ds Max and PTC ProENGINEER users, for example(1).

"With more than 20 percent performance improvement for many industry leading applications, this new performance driver increases the value for both existing and new ATI FirePro users," said Janet Matsuda, senior director, AMD Professional Graphics. "Certified on more than 90 professional applications, ATI FirePro graphics drivers provide the right combination of application performance, reliability and feature support today's professional need."

Key features of the ATI FirePro graphics driver:

  • Compared to previous drivers, version 8.702 provides Dassault Systemes CATIA users more than 25 percent performance improvement, and Autodesk 3ds Max and PTC Pro/Engineer users more than 20 percent performance improvement(1).
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 users can now render images with 10-bit(2) per component color, helping provide exact representation of colors between Photoshop and their 10-bit display, as well as the ability to maintain an enhanced end-to-end 10-bit color workflow.
  • In addition to current support of numerous active, passive and autostereoscopic displays, blue-line stereo(3) for synchronizing 3D glasses is now supported.
  • DisplayPort audio is now enabled on select ATI FirePro professional graphics cards, with support for 5.1 Dolby Digital and 5.1 DTS surround sound as well as 8-channel and 2-channel uncompressed audio(4).

Later this year, AMD plans to issue reliability, application performance and feature enhancements in bi-monthly driver updates for notebooks that feature ATI FirePro(TM) professional graphics. AMD is working closely with workstation notebook manufacturers to ensure support for this initiative.

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(1) Based on SPECViewperf(R) 10 benchmark scores as tested by AMD performance labs for Dassault Systemes CATIA, Autodesk(R) 3ds Max(R) and PTC(R) Pro ENGINEER(R), using ATI FirePro(TM) V3750, V5700, V7750, and V8700. Testing compared ATI FirePro(TM) graphics driver version 8.603 vs. version 8.702. Testing performed with the following configurations: HP Z400, Intel(R) Xeon(R) quad-core 1xW3570 @ 3.2 GHz, Intel(R) X58, 3GB DDR3, Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP 32-bit SP3.

(2) Requires 10-bit monitor for true 10-bit color display; only on Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP.

(3) Blue-line stereo: Blue-line stereo support is available on following Operating Systems: Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP, Windows Vista(R) and Windows 7.

(4) Available on the following ATI FirePro(TM) professional graphics: ATI FirePro V3750, V5700 and V7750. Audio formats achieved will depend on what audio formats the DisplayPort display supports, as well as which audio driver is used.

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