AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced new ATI Catalyst™ drivers with major performance enhancements to ATI FireGL™ professional graphics cards. Availability of this enhanced 8.49.7 Linux driver represents a significant leap for Linux customers seeking improved performance of CAD and digital content creation applications that can offer up to approximately 33 percent faster OpenGL performance than the previous driver.1
“ATI FireGL graphics accelerators beat the competition in application performance at every price point.”2 said Janet Matsuda, senior director, Professional Graphics at AMD. “In the past we limited this statement to Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows Vista® environments. Now, ATI FireGL graphics outperform the competition across the board from Linux to Windows XP and Windows Vista.”3
ATI FireGL graphics customers using Linux can take advantage of performance enhancements whether using the value ATI FireGL V3600 or the ultra high-end ATI FireGL V8650, which comes with the industry’s largest, 2 GB frame-buffer memory configuration. Additionally, the updated driver is compatible with ATI Radeon™ graphics. Version 8.49.7 of the ATI Catalyst Driver is now available for download via the ATI Catalyst Linux software suite at http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html.
The latest family of ATI FireGL products, introduced last year, continues to win praise across the globe after capturing Tom’s Hardware Guide’s prestigious “Editor’s Choice” award in addition to similar praise and awards from 3dprofessor.org, HotHardware.com, 3D Pro and Digital Arts magazine. In March 2008, AMD extended the product family with the launch of FireGL V7700, the first commercially available 3D workstation graphics card with DisplayPort support.
1 8.49.7 Linux driver OpenGL performance is approximately 33 percent faster than the previous (8.433.1) Linux driver based on the SPECviewperf® 9, 1280x1024x32 ugnx-01 subtest performed using an HP xw4600 with an Intel Core2 Extreme Q6850 @ 3.00 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 8MB L2 Cache, 4GB RAM and Linux Red Hat 4.6 no updates 32-bit Benchmark results reflect results published on http://ati.amd.com/products/workstation/benchmarks2.html as of June 24, 2008. For more information, go to http://www.spec.org.
2 Comparative Microsoft Windows and Windows Vista benchmark results reflect comparison between: (1) average of all 9 SPECviewperf® 9.0.3 tests performed with ATI FireGL graphics cards using workstations equipped with Intel Core2 Extreme Q6850 @ 3.0 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 8MB L2 Cache, Intel X38 Express chipset, 4GB system memory XP 32-bit, SP2, the results of which are published at http://ati.amd.com/products/workstation/benchmarks2.html as of June 24, 2008; and (2) average of all Nvidia Quadro SPEC Viewperf® tests performed using Nvidia published scores using 3 GHz Quad Core Xeon®, Driver Release rel 160+, the results of which are available at http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_11761.html as of June 24, 2008. Nvidia results have not been independently verified. Prices are MSRP. For more information, go to http://www.spec.org.
3 Comparative Linux benchmark results reflect comparison between average of all SPECviewperf® 9 tests run in AMD’s internal performance labs with the ATI FireGL V5600 graphics card and the Nvidia Quadro FX 1700 graphics card in Linux Red Hat 4.6 environment. ATI FireGL V5600 graphics card tested using the FireGL driver version 8.49.7; Nvidia Quadro FX 1700 tested with the Nvidia 173.14.05 version driver. All tests performed on workstations equipped with Intel Core2 Extreme Q6850 @ 3.0 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 8MB L2 Cache, Intel X38 Express chipset, 4GB system memory XP 32-bit, SP2, Average of all ATI FireGL V5600 test results were 54.03; average of all Nvidia Quadro FX 1700 test results were 44.98.
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