|AMD Takes the Ultimate Visual Experience™ in PC Gaming to New Heights with CrossFireX™
— Milestone ATI Catalyst™ 8.3 release unlocks quad- and triple-GPU performance and ATI Hybrid Graphics for Windows Vista® —
Hannover, Germany -- March 4, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its latest graphics driver release to advance the Ultimate Visual Experience™ for PC gaming enthusiasts and casual gamers alike. Expected to be available for download starting March 5, ATI Catalyst 8.3 is a milestone software update in delivering both CrossFireX™ for Windows Vista® -- the world’s first quad-GPU support, and scalable, cost-effective three GPU support -- as well as ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology for casual gamers. These multi-GPU capabilities provide gamers a more realistic and immersive experience allowing them to play at high resolutions with demanding image quality settings, and at a better value than competing multi-GPU solutions.1
“AMD packed ATI Catalyst 8.3 with a double-barreled set of leading technologies to simultaneously push the Ultimate Visual Experience™ to new heights and to a wider population of PC users,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president, AMD Graphics Product Group. “We deliver industry firsts that make a visible difference to PC users, whether it’s CrossFireX and the first ever quad-GPU performance on Windows Vista, or ATI Hybrid Graphics that bring a new level of performance to mainstream PC platforms.”
Advancing Multi-GPU Gaming with CrossFireX
Through three- and four-GPU configurations in CrossFireX, gamers can see multi-GPU performance scaling across a range of today’s most popular DirectX® 9 and DirectX® 10 games on Windows Vista -- up to 3.2 times the performance over a single GPU2 in some scenarios. The flexible architecture of CrossFireX allows for the mixing and matching of high-performing ATI Radeon™ GPUs. Any ATI Radeon™ HD 3850, ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 or ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 X2 cards can be combined to harness the power of up to four GPUs. CrossFireX also supports a wide range of platforms, enabling many gamers to take advantage of three- and four-GPU gaming on their existing hardware.
Boosting Game Performance through ATI Hybrid CrossFire ATI Catalyst 8.3 also introduces ATI Hybrid Graphics support for Windows Vista. An industry first that is unique to AMD processor-based platforms, ATI Hybrid CrossFire™ delivers a significant 3D performance boost. Up to 70 percent increases in performance are possible in some gaming scenarios3 based on PCs comprised of an AMD 780G motherboard and ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series graphics product in Windows Vista. ATI Hybrid Graphics also support up to four independent displays through the SurroudView™ feature for those who want to maximize productivity.
Additional Innovations Found in ATI Catalyst 8.3
Beyond multi-GPU configurations in CrossFireX, ATI Catalyst 8.3 introduces a number of new features including:
ATI Catalyst 8.3 is scheduled to be available as a free download starting Wednesday, March 5 online at http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html.
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1. Based on AMD benchmark results that demonstrate a performance/$ ratio in favor of ATI Radeon GPUs vs. competing Nvidia GeForce GPUs. Cost per 3DMark determined based on AMD internal benchmark results in 3DMark06 v126.96.36.199 at 1920x1200 4xAA 8xAF on an ASUS P5E (X38) or EVGA 780i platform running an Intel X9650, 2GB DDR2-800 (5-5-5-12 timings), Windows Vista RTM 64bit, and 8.471-Beta2_080214a-059709E-ATI or ForceWare 169.28beta. Based on the average price at Newegg.com as of March 3, 2008, two ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 X2 cards at $900, and two Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX cards at $900, two ATI Radeon™ 3870 X2 cards combine to score 16412 3DMarks while two GeForce 8800 GTX cards combine to score 12748 3DMarks resulting in the two ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 X2 cards delivering 28% more performance for the same price as the Nvidia solution.
2. Based on AMD benchmark results in Supreme Commander (2560x1600x32 8xAA 16xAF quality=Very High) and Unreal Tournament 3 (2560x1600x32 4xAA 16xAF dxmode=dx9) on an AMD Phenom 2.6GHz platform, using MSI K9A2 Plat (790FX) motherboard, 2GB DDR2-800 (5-5-5-12 timings), Windows Vista RTM 64bit, ATI Catalyst 8.3 beta drivers and Forceware drivers 169.28 Beta. Comparing the performance of two ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 X2 cards vs. one ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 card, Supreme Commander exhibits 3.32 times the performance of the single card when using quad CrossFireX, and Unreal Tournament 3 exhibits 3.23 times the performance of the single card when using quad CrossFireX.
3. Based on AMD benchmark results in 3DMark06 (1280x1024), Quake 4 (1600x1200 HQ), Prey (1280x1024) and FarCry (1600x1200) on an AMD Phenom 2.3 GHz platform using MSI K9A2 Plat (790FX) motherboard, 2GB DDR2-800 (5-5-5-12 timings), Windows Vista RTM 64bit, ATI Catalyst 8.3 beta drivers. With ATI Hybrid CrossFire enabled, the four applications listed above exhibit at least 1.7 times the performance of stand-alone integrated graphics on the AMD780G motherboard without ATI Hybrid CrossFire enabled.
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This is pretty significant. If anyone finds any benchmarks, please link or post.