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Appeared on: Thursday, August 19, 2004
ATI releases version 4.8 of its Catalyst driver suite

As with most Catalyst releases performance has increased in various situations.

ATI has released version 4.8 of its Catalyst driver suite for the Radeon range of products. Some of the games which should now show a performance increase are: Need for Speed Underground, Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow, Thief 3 and Unreal Tournament 2004.

This release of Catalyst introduces the support of Geometry Instancing. This new feature provides assistance when a game has to render many objects where the geometry is highly similar. Geometry Instancing allows the VPU to create multiple objects from a single geometric model, rather than passing an entire new model for each item on the screen. This increases the rendering speed of images such as leaves, or grass.

As with most Catalyst releases performance has increased in various situations. The following performance gains are noticed:

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