Product: Catalyst Drivers
Company: ATI Technologies
Authour: Alex 'Morgoth Bauglir' Voicu
Editor: Charles 'Lupine' Oliver
Date: May 12th, 2008
Hotfix Schmotfix

Releasing hotfix drivers for synthetic benchmark is evil. EVIL! Synthetic benchmarks are useless and irrelevant - or something. Is everyone wondering what kind of idiots would open an article about a hotfix driver for a synthetic benchmark in that manner? Good, that was the goal in order to create the setting for this little news-flash: the recently released Vantage Hotfix drivers fix quite a few things actually ... they just have a very uninspired name.

You might recall from Part I of our HD3870X2 investigation, the one focused on DX10 titles, that we encountered some issues, issues we penned on drivers based on our exchange with ATi. Since the writing of that piece, a full 8.4 Catalyst release and a slew of hotfixes have made their way into our hands, none of them changing the outlook on the aforementioned front in any significant way. This changes with the Vantage Hotfix.

Test setup:

Given the nature of this article, we'll jump right to the nitty gritty details, with only a short stop necessary to detail our test configuration.

Test Configuration
Test Configuration

The same testing methods outlined in Part I are employed. Unless otherwise specified, the CPU's clock was 3.2GHz. Now, let's fix Vantage with heat, shall we?

Editor's Note: Be advised that the values in the following graphs are rounded. As a consequence, differences of up to 0.9 fps can exist between the base framerates, albeit on the graph they'll be displayed as the same value(19.5 vs 20.4, for example, will both show up as 20). While this method was used to make the graphs more viewer friendly, we'll continue to monitor feedback so that, if necessary, we can revise our methodology in future articles.

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