ATI unleashes Catalyst 10.5 driver

AMD bolstered its commitment to the Open Stereo 3D Initiative today, as it announced that the latest Catalyst 10.5 driver will support 120Hz displays on older Radeon HD 4000 and 3000-series GPUs.

The high refresh rate is needed to generate an eye-friendly stereoscopic image, with each eye seeing a 60Hz refresh rate. The move follows AMD's introduction of support for 120Hz displays on Radeon HD 5000-series GPUs with the Catalyst 10.3 driver in March.

As well as this, the new driver also adds an enhanced version of ATI's Overdrive tool, which provides easy-access overclocking features from the Catalyst Control Center. AMD says this enhanced version will now enable owners of ATI GPUs to overclock their graphics cards when connected to multi-display configurations.

As you would expect, AMD has also applied a liberal amount of bug spray too. Among the fixes is a problem with Mass Effect 2, where the screen used to go black if you pressed Alt-Tab to go back to the desktop.

AMD also says that changing the in-game resolution in Alien vs Predator will now no longer cause the screen to flicker when using CrossFire, and you can also now safely enable anti-aliasing in Empire: Total War without watching your frame rate go down the drain.

There are still a few issues festering under the Catalyst driver team's noses, however. These include corruption in Bioshock 2 in DirectX 9 and 10 mode with CrossFire enabled, as well as green texture corruption when changing the resolution and video settings in Metro 2033 in DirectX 10 and 11 modes.

You can get the full skinny in the release notes, and download the driver from here. The driver supports all versions of Windows 7, Vista and XP, and functions on all Radeon HD desktop GPUs, as well as a few mobile Radeon HD GPUs.