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Catalyst 6.6 is now available

Posted June 26, 2006 by admin in News

The new cats are available with the key improvments being large performance boosts in FEAR and Far Cry.?

Avivo? Video Converter Extension for Windows Media Center Edition
Catalyst 6.6 introduces a Windows Media Center Edition Video Conversion utility. This utility will allow users to convert video content that is either recorded or available to Media Center Edition to a variety of different formats. The video content can be converted to MPEG-2, MPEG-4 SP, MPEG-4/AVC and Windows Media. iPod video and Sony PSP?s are also supported with an optimized profile for these devices.?

Theater 650 Pro TV Tuner Support
Catalyst 6.6 includes support for NTSC/ATSC and PAL/SECAM/DVB-T products based on the Theater 650 Pro TV Tuner chip.? The Theater 650 Pro is a new chip from ATI for multimedia cards and DTV-on-a-chip solutions, integrating hardware video encoding, digital audio and with noise reduction, and hardware PVR functions in a single chip.?

Performance Improvements
As with most Catalyst? releases, performance has increased in various situations:

  • Far Cry performance improves 4-5%.? Larger gains of up to 18.3% can been seen when using anisotropic filtering
  • Fear performance as much as 8.5% on X1800 and X1900 Single card systems and as much as 14% on X1800 and X1900 Crossfire systems
  • Splinter Cell (original) performance improves as much a 7% on X1300 and X1600 Crossfire systems.?

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