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Catalyst 9.3 drivers out, adds support for Windows 7 among other things

Posted by: John at 3/18/2009 7:16 PM
If you own a Radeon video card, head on over to AMD's website and grab Catalyst 9.3 drivers out now. There are also other improvements as well but Windows 7 support seems to be the big thing for this release.  I was rocking Windows 7 on my laptop but had too many blue screens so I had to return back to XP. I'm going to be trying this on my desktop though in a few days to see how well it does.


AMD Supports Microsoft Windows® 7 in ATI Catalyst™ 9.3 Unified Driver, Delivering Unsurpassed Stability and Key Performance Enhancements

— Unified graphics driver allows developers and beta testers to unlock the full potential of award-winning AMD DirectX® 10.1 graphics products and bring to life new Windows 7 Aero features —

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — March 18, 2009 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today released Windows® 7 driver support as part of the latest ATI Catalyst 9.3 unified graphics driver. ATI Catalyst 9.3 represents the industry’s first unified driver installation package to incorporate Windows™ 7 support, including Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.1 compliance, bringing with it a host of benefits for developers currently testing and updating applications using the widely available Windows 7 beta release. In addition, the inclusion of Windows 7 drivers sends a clear message to the millions of AMD graphics customers worldwide – ATI Catalyst 9.3, and every planned future release of ATI Catalyst, is ready for the final release of Windows 7.

In addition to the rock-solid stability of ATI Radeon™ graphics drivers for Windows 7, the combination of Windows 7 and ATI Radeon graphics permits developers to fully utilize the DirectX 10.1 API used by Microsoft to design the Windows 7 Aero desktop. Graphics with hardware support for the DirectX 10.1 API, currently available in ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 and ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 series products, can deliver the full Windows 7 Aero desktop PC experience, including support of new features such as Aero Peek and Aero Shake, both designed to improve navigation of the Windows 7 desktop.

“AMD’s expertise in visual computing shines through in the combined experience of Windows 7 and ATI Radeon graphics,” said Anantha Kancherla, group program manager responsible for Windows graphics, Microsoft. “With today’s release of a Windows 7 unified driver, AMD once again demonstrates its ability to deliver performance and cutting-edge driver support.”



Matching ATI Radeon graphics with Windows 7 can deliver high-fidelity graphics as well as unsurpassed image enhancements such as:

· support for the Direct2D API introduced in Windows 7, giving third-party applications the ability to improve everything from ClearType text rendering to hardware-accelerated vector graphics

· enhanced Windows 7 acceleration, delivering an outstanding Windows experience

· smooth, crystal-clear playback of multimedia, including high-definition video on HD-capable screens

· incredible 3D game performance in single- and multi-GPU CrossFireX™ technology configurations.

“Thanks to the incredible expertise within our driver development team, we led the Windows Vista transition with a WHQL-certified unified driver that delivered industry-leading stability,” said Ben Bar-Haim, corporate vice president, Software Engineering, Graphics Products Group, AMD. “The advanced state of our Windows 7 drivers this far ahead of the final Windows 7 release is yet another proof point of our graphics industry leadership. We are ready for Windows 7.”