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BlitzKrieg101
04-14-2004, 10:00 AM
Hi Guys

I have a Sapphire ATI 9600 Pro Fireblade edition and was wondering what all you eperten use out there for the best performance and quality. I am using the 4.2 Cats at the moment.

Regards
Gian

BlitzKrieg101
04-14-2004, 10:00 AM
Hi Guys

I have a Sapphire ATI 9600 Pro Fireblade edition and was wondering what all you eperten use out there for the best performance and quality. I am using the 4.2 Cats at the moment.

Regards
Gian

KGr.HH-Sunburst
04-14-2004, 10:19 AM
cat4.1 ore 4.2
if you play only on excellent settings go for the 4.3s i heard there was some performance boost but they dont work ok with perfect settings

i use the 4.2 at the moment and im very pleased

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ELEM
04-14-2004, 10:50 AM
The 4.4's are good for me. I have the same card. I've had a small improvement with every issue.

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F16_txmx
04-14-2004, 10:50 AM
If i'm not mistaken Oleg recommends the Cat 3.7: s and thats what i use with very good results. Haven't seen any other official recommendation. 4.x drivers might work the best as stated above but until Oleg says otherwise i'll stick with the 3.7

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Moog42
04-14-2004, 01:12 PM
I have a Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128M... if you're using AEP then check out the readme file. There's a link to a specific version of the 4.2s which was (I think) used as the graphics testbed when AEP was being produced and as such represents the 'ideal' version. I was using a 4.3 but since rolling back I've noticed improved performance and no artifacts at high reolutions with perfect settings, and similar stability on FS2004 and some first-person shooters.

*plink* *plink* - my two cents

Good luck with your driver quest!

PF_Coastie
04-14-2004, 01:22 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by F16_txmx:
If i'm not mistaken Oleg recommends the Cat 3.7: s and thats what i use with very good results. Haven't seen any other official recommendation. 4.x drivers might work the best as stated above but until Oleg says otherwise i'll stick with the 3.7

<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

The reason Oleg hasn't recommended anything over 3.7's is because they were the best drivers out at the time of the recommendation. I am sure he will agree with the 4.2's with his next recommendation. (If he updates them with the next patch)

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jseyerle
04-14-2004, 02:21 PM
For my system the 3.7 drivers are far better than anything.

I tried every driver sinse 3.7 and have found considerable FRs over everything.

For example
Quick Mission:
8 Germans Planes
8 Allied Planes

Straight ahead cockpit view = 33 FPS @ 1280x1024 with 4.X drivers

50 FPS with 3.7 drivers

Thr0tt
04-14-2004, 02:38 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Moog42:
I have a Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128M... if you're using AEP then check out the readme file. There's a link to a specific version of the 4.2s which was (I think) used as the graphics testbed when AEP was being produced and as such represents the 'ideal' version. I was using a 4.3 but since rolling back I've noticed improved performance and no artifacts at high reolutions with perfect settings, and similar stability on FS2004 and some first-person shooters.

*plink* *plink* - my two cents

Good luck with your driver quest!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Says 4.1 in the readme m8y.

TXTeenPilot
04-14-2004, 04:04 PM
My XP comp:
Celeron 2.6 GhZ
512 DDR RAM
Radeon 7500

After getting a Radeon 7500 for it a few weeks ago (with 3.1!!) it started to constantly crash with FB. Got the latest at the time (4.3), now it works great... beautiful smooth graphics on excellent, even now after getting AEP.

This comp:
Win 98
Celeron 2.0 GhZ
512 DDR RAM
Radeon 9000

...hasn't really shown any performance boost with 4.3s, in fact, I might say it has gone down a little, even when I doubled my RAM to 512. Barely runs smooth on Excellent with ground textures to 512x512 on AEP.

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crazyivan1970
04-14-2004, 04:25 PM
4.1s are golden IMO.

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CapBackassward
04-14-2004, 04:53 PM
Bump - on the 4.1s. I just bought a Radeon and tried every driver from 3.5 to 4.4. I get excellent results from the 4.1s on both perfect and excellent.

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Lav69
04-14-2004, 04:59 PM
I use the Omega cats and am quite happy.You can get them here or check them out anyways.http://www.omegacorner.com/ But I am thinking about going back to the 3.7's. Hear alot of people recommending them.

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Hawgdog
04-14-2004, 05:55 PM
Yeah, I'm guilty of the "I'll try it" club.
Keep going back to the 4.2's
But I recall less headaches with the 4.1's
but that could be the forgotten driver blues
I was really bummed by the 4.4's Really....

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Hunter82
04-14-2004, 07:45 PM
4.4 and 4.3 are the best in excellent mode to date IMO. 4.2 for perfect mode. 4.1 IQ is slightly lower than 4.2 and performance is the same on my systems. 9700 Pro, 9800 Pro and 9800 XT... JMO

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Oak_Groove
04-14-2004, 09:15 PM
4.2 caused random lockups in I.E.
4.3 randomly lost Dx8 functionality after playing unreal engine based games (RvS, AA:O), requiring a reboot.
4.4 - after all i heard about them, no thanks.

So back to 3.7, as this driver seems to perform most stable with my config.

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609IAP_Recon
04-14-2004, 09:26 PM
4.1 for me so far.

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PinkPriest
04-15-2004, 12:08 AM
Omega 4.4's on my 9600. I only fly excellent, but I get good FPS there. ( 50-60, limited by refresh rate )

I wouldn't use ATIs original Catalysts anyway. Always wait for the Omega version. www.omegacorner.com (http://www.omegacorner.com)

BlitzKrieg101
04-15-2004, 06:52 AM
Thanks, that is interesting.

Regards,
Gian

Willey
04-15-2004, 08:57 AM
4.1s