AMD claims 20% boost for FirePro graphics

AMD today announced access several new driver features for its posh ATI FirePro graphics cards that are designed to accelerate application performance and enhance reliability.

Version 8.702 of the ATI FirePro graphics driver incorporates application tuning efforts, which AMD says have resulted in significant performance improvements in specific applications. The firm promises a speed boost of more than 20 per cent for Dassault Systèmes CATIA, Autodesk 3ds Max and PTC ProENGINEER users.

“This new performance driver increases the value for both existing and new ATI FirePro users,” claimed Janet Matsuda, senior director, AMD Professional Graphics.

Compared to previous drivers, version 8.702 provides Dassault Systèmes CATIA users more than 25 percent performance improvement, and Autodesk 3ds Max and PTC Pro/Engineer users more than 20 percent performance improvement

Along with speed enhancements, AMD says 10-bit per component colour in Adobe Photoshop CS4 enhance improve on-screen colour matching.

Blue-line stereo for synchronizing 3D glasses is now also supported.

DisplayPort audio is now enabled on select ATI FirePro professional graphics cards, with support for 5.1 Dolby Digital and 5.1 DTS surround sound as well as 8-channel and 2-channel uncompressed audio4.

AMD said it plans to soon issue reliability, application performance and feature enhancements in bi-monthly driver updates for notebooks equipped with ATI FirePro professional graphics.

You can download version 8.702 of the driver here.