Product: AMD Catalyst
Company: AMD
Authour: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: December 13th, 2010
Introducing Catalyst Control Center 2011

AMD Catalyst Software
AMD Catalyst Software
Today AMD previews the new Catalyst driver Control Center application. The Catalyst driver suite has progressed a long way since its inception in 2002, where it extended the Windows display properties information with new tabs and controls for all video card features and functions.


Catalyst Driver Control, c.2002
Catalyst Driver Control, c.2002

In 2004, ATI created the first real-time GUI for previewing settings - it showed you the effect your settings have on your image in real time, with a period style interface that matched the Windows XP tellytubby theme.

Catalyst Driver Control, c.2004
Catalyst Driver Control, c.2004

The Catalyst Control Center (CCC) evolved over time with newer versions using Microsoft's .NET Framework. In February, Rage3D was pleased to partner with AMD and their redesign of the Catalyst driver architecture to bring you exclusive Catalyst Application Profiles (CAP) before anyone else, a feature that delivers performance and compatibility updates without requiring a whole new driver set.

Catalyst Driver Control, c.2010
Catalyst Driver Control, c.2010

Now, as we move into the second year of the second decade of the third millennium, we have AMD's revamped and reworked driver and hardware interface. Support for Windows XP is dropped, and the new Catalyst Control Center targets Windows 7 users - Vista platforms will need to upgrade to .NET 3.5.1 and Windows Presentation Foundation.

The New Catalyst Driver Control
The New Catalyst Driver Control

AMD and Nvidia Image Quality and Performance Investigation

Rage3D
Rage3D

Along with taking a look at the new Catalyst Control Center, which will become the single control center for all AMD software including CPUs and APUs, this article includes an investigation into AMD and Nvidia image quality and performance. We'll start with a look at the new features and highlights of the new CCC User Interface (UI), and then delve into the blurry waters of image filtering and quality, hopefully emerging a short time later with a look at the performance and quality of AMD and Nvidia's best image quality options. 


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