ATI notified DailyTech of the availability of a new beta driver for Windows Vista intended to improve the performance of ATI cards in single and CrossFire modes. The new driver is being called the Catalyst 7.10 â€œShoot Em Upâ€ driver by ATI.
The â€œShoot Em Upâ€ driver makes big promises of a 5-23% performance gain in Battlefield 2142 in Crossfire running ATI Radeon HD 2600, ATI Radeon HD 2400 and ATI Radeon X1300/X1550 series graphics cards.
ATI goes on to promise the drivers will improve performance in Call of Duty 2 up to 6.7% with single and dual HD 2600 and HD 2400 graphics cards, Call of Juarez DirectX 10 performance is said to improve up to 42% in Crossfire and there will be up to a 34% improvement in single card performance on all HD 2000 series products.
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Crossfire performance is claimed to improve by as much as 23% on all Radeon 1000 products, HD 2000 and HD 1000 series products. ATI promises to increase performance in FEAR with Crossfire on the X1950 XTX, X1650 XT, HD 2400, and X1300/X1350 video cards by 16%.
Finally, ATI says Supreme Commander performance in Crossfire mode improves by 30% on all HD 2000 and Radeon 1000 cards. Supreme Commander with the X1650, X1300, and X1550 video cards using the â€œShoot Em Upâ€ drivers promises to increase performance up to a whopping 82%. The Vista driver download file is called 7-10-NO-WHQL_Vista32-64_53254.exe and is a 66MB file. ATI declined to comment on when the drivers would be publicly available.