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Nathan
15-11-2004, 10:26 AM
http://www.tcmagazine.info/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=8386

Might be worth a bash with HL2 literally just round the corner. The boasted performance improvements are quite dramatic. :)

24 hours before Valve unlocks one of the most anticipated games ever, TechConnect hooks you up with two new sets of ATI drivers that meant to boost Half-Life 2 & Counter-Strike source performance by about 5-20% and ofcourse it also improves OpenGL for old and new games by about 20%.

We have created two different versions to suit the different type of cards, but we recommend everybody to use the Ultra version unless you don't have a chipset that supports this driver. In that case you may download the Lite edition...

TC ATI Optimized Driver v1.7 Ultra
(supports:9500,9550,9600,9700,9800,X300,X600,X700, X800)
* Based on Catalyst 4.12 beta
* Optimized for Half-Life 2
* Two OpenGL drivers for your selection

Download: ATI Optimized driver 1.7 - Ultra

TC ATI Optimized Driver v1.7 Lite
(supports:all Radeon cards, use it if your card is not listed in the Ultra support list above)
* Based on offical Catalyst 4.11
* Optimized for Half-Life 2
* Two OpenGL drivers for your selection

Losty
15-11-2004, 02:46 PM
I've been waiting to upgrade my drivers. Thanks mate ;]

Losty
15-11-2004, 02:48 PM
Clicked a pop-up without realizing and thought the dl link was borked, shame on my observance ;[

Nathan
15-11-2004, 03:03 PM
let us know how you get on with them, I havnt tried them yet. :)

Losty
15-11-2004, 03:55 PM
Okay, I've only got 2 games installed at the mo: Startopia and Quake 3. The 2 versions of the OpenGL driver are quite handy (I remember Omega having the same thing), and the older one runs Q3 absolutely perfectly. Might try out CS:S in a mo, only for benchmarking purposes as I dislike anything CS ;p

Anyway, might try X2 - The Threat too. The only thing missing is the ATI software suite (with options to change AA and AF) but isn't there a freeware tool to do that? Help would be appreciated if you could point me out something!

bbs

Losty
15-11-2004, 04:04 PM
Visible improvement in CS:S. Average FPS in the Video Stress Test is up 10fps. Excellent!

Nathan
15-11-2004, 04:31 PM
Try ATI Tray Tools, thats what I use, gives u access to everything :)

http://www.radeon2.ru/atitray/

Some impressive results for the HL2 crew amongst us if the CS:S stress test improvement is anything to go by. :)

Betty_Swallocks
15-11-2004, 05:04 PM
Can you switch OpenGL versions "on the fly" or is it something you have to decide on when you install?

Nathan
15-11-2004, 05:11 PM
I know the DNA drivers come with a Open GL switcher, Omegas too i think, i dont know about these. :/

Losty
15-11-2004, 06:51 PM
Could someone that's installed these drivers with the older OpenGL driver please email or upload "atioglxx.dll" from Windows/System32 please?