PCGH driver review: AMD Catalyst 8.9 WHQL
We checked AMD's latest WHQL certified driver. The Catalyst 8.9 WHQL was checked for performance benefits and altered power consumption values.
• CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, OC @ 3,600 MHz (400 x 9)
• Chipset: Intel X48
• RAM: 2 x 2,048 MiByte DDR2-800 (5-5-5-18)
• PSU: Enermax Modu 82+ (625 Watt)
First of all we see some changes in the Catalyst Control Center. If you activated adaptive anti-aliasing (AAA) in any AMD driver up to the Catalyst 8.7 you could choose between multi- or supersampling and both modes offered additional options. Since the driver 8.8 this isn't possible anymore: If you activate AAA only Quality or Performance can be selected - the driver decides if SSAA or MSAA is used. This sounds like a step into the wrong direction, but actually the manual switching between super- and multisampling has never been reliable.
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