ATI released the last Catalyst driver for 2009, version 9.12 for Windows XP 7 and Vista. Highlights of the ATI Catalyst™ 9.12 Windows release include:
- 3DMark Vantage – overall performance improves as much as 9% on the ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series and ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series. GT1 – Jane Nash performance improves as much as 15% and FT4 – GPU Cloth improves up to 15%
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Call of Pripyat – performance improves as much as 6% on single card configurations
- ATI Catalyst™ support for DirectCompute 10.1
This release of ATI Catalyst™ provides full support for DirectCompute 10.1 for the ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series, ATI Radeon™ HD 4700 Series for both single card and ATI CrossFireX™ supported configurations.
- OpenGL 3.2 extension support - This release of ATI Catalyst™ provides support for OpenGL 3.2 extension support on the ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series, ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 Series, ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 Series, ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 Series and ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 Series. The following is a list of OpenGL™ 3.2 features and extensions added in ATI Catalyst™ 9.12:
Support for OpenGL Shading Language 1.50.
BGRA vertex component ordering (GL_ARB_vertex_array_bgra).
Drawing commands allowing modification of the base vertex index (GL_ARB_draw_elements_base_vertex).
Shader fragment coordinate convention control (GL_ARB_fragment_coord_conventions).
Provoking vertex control (GL_ARB_provoking_vertex).
Seamless cube map filtering (GL_ARB_seamless_cube_map).
Multisampled textures and texture samplers for specific sample locations (GL_ARB_texture_multisample).
Fragment depth clamping (GL_ARB_depth_clamp).
Geometry shaders (GL_ARB_geometry_shader4).
Fence sync objects (GL_ARB_sync).
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