AMD to Unlock Stream Acceleration in ATI Radeon Graphics Cards

"December ATI Catalyst driver release automatically switches on ATI Stream acceleration in ATI Radeon graphics cards found in millions of PCs"

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AMD Set to Release Free Software Giving Millions of ATI Radeon™ Owners New Way to Run Demanding Computing Tasks Faster than Ever OC3D Official Press Release logo
AMD today announced that starting next month, the company plans to release for download a free ATI Catalyst™ driver update that instantly unlocks new ATI Stream acceleration capabilities already built into millions of ATI Radeon™ graphics cards.
ATI Stream is a set of advanced hardware and software technologies that enable AMD graphics processors (GPU), working in concert with the system’s central processor (CPU), to accelerate applications beyond just graphics. This results in better balanced platforms capable of running demanding computing tasks faster than ever.
ATI Stream-enabled software titles for entertainment, gaming and productivity are being released or are under development by a growing list of independent software vendors (ISVs) including ArcSoft and CyberLink.
To give users immediate benefit from ATI Stream, AMD also plans to release in December a free downloadable version of its ATI Avivo™ Video Converter utility. This intuitive, easy-to-use application enables transcoding of HD video up to 17 times faster than with the CPU alone, in tests performed using an ATI Radeon™ HD 4850 graphics card.
“ATI Stream is one of the best examples of the power of Fusion, and today’s announcement is the first major step in taking this important new technology mainstream,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Products Group, AMD. “For the millions of people that have already purchased an ATI Radeon HD 4000 series graphics card, this is one more way we’re saying thank you and helping them get more out of their investment. For those who haven’t yet, it’s one more reason for them to go online right now and buy one.”
ATI Radeon graphics processors from AMD are already found in millions of PCs around the world, each running the ATI Catalyst software driver. In the past 12 months, the various ATI Catalyst driver packages have been downloaded 48 million times, averaging nearly four million downloads each month.
The next ATI Catalyst release is version 8.12. AMD has begun distributing a beta version to its hardware and software technology partners for testing, with the final version scheduled to be released for download on or around December 10.
Once installed, the driver package automatically turns on the ATI Stream acceleration capabilities within ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 series graphics cards. This will have the immediate effect of allowing any ATI Stream-enabled application to run faster, with no special effort required by consumers to enable this technology. As always, expert users will have the ability to customize their ATI Catalyst driver install options.
Users can then download and install the free ATI Avivo Video Converter. In tests performed using this utility, AMD was able to convert an hour of video to a portable player format in about 12 minutes. Combined with one of the recent ATI Radeon HD 4000 series graphics card offerings, the ATI Avivo Video Converter helps deliver video conversion at up to twice the speed of competing solutions, at just over half of the suggested retail price. A growing number of ISVs are also lining up to provide ATI Stream-enabled applications, including ArcSoft, a leading provider of innovative digital imaging technologies and multimedia solutions. The company plans to provide an update in December to its TotalMedia Theatre application that will includes ArcSoft SimHD™, a new type of post processing technology that allows consumers to experience close-to-HD viewing of standard definition content thanks to ATI Stream.
Another is CyberLink, an innovative software developer for digital media creation, playback, sharing, and enjoyment applications, has optimized its award-winning video editing software, PowerDirector 7. PowerDirector provides a robust set of features and functionality for capturing, editing and distributing HD video. The updated version, which is scheduled to be released in Q1 2009 will include ATI Stream accelerated video conversion, featuring performance and functionality exceeding that of the Avivo Video Converter.
To ensure easier development of ATI Stream enabled applications capable of running on platforms from multiple vendors, AMD is a member of the Khronos working group defining the OpenCL standard, and is evolving the ATI Stream SDK to be fully OpenCL compliant.
About ATI Stream
ATI Stream is a set of open AMD technologies that allow the hundreds of parallel Stream cores inside AMD GPUs to accelerate general purpose applications, resulting in platforms capable of delivering dramatically high performance-per-watt. The freely distributed, fully open Stream SDK allows programmers to make advanced use of AMD hardware, and helps them to create fast, energy efficient applications on a growing variety of platforms and operating systems. For more information please visit

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10-11-2008, 14:25:38

Personally, I wouldn't touch the 8800GTS cards.

I wouldn't pay £165 for a 9800GTX+ either, a Gigabyte one sells for £139.

In terms of % gain per buck, that kinda went out the window when the first 8800 card came out. Since then we've all been using baby-steps, but paying daddy money.

Simple answer, neither, get a cheaper 9800GTX+, if that's the choice of 2, and order some take-away with the change ;) (or more seriously, more memory)

10-11-2008, 15:47:09

humour... i like ;)

What card do u suggest for the system given that I'm using relatively old tech for the rest of it...

i might upgrade to 4gb ram but i WILL be using Vista 32 not 64 for compatibility issues with certain programs so again is it worth it given the 9800gtx+ has 700mb odd of ram...

10-11-2008, 16:05:28

dont touch the 8800 gts? i presume you mean the 640/320mb versions? the 512mb g92 chip is a fantastic card, still excellent bang for buck.
2 SLIed runs fallout 3 on absolute max at 1600x1050
toms hardware has a new listing of graphics cards by price for performance for you though:
at those prices it reccomends the 8800gt/9800 gt at base, there fore the 8800gts 512 jsut above, then the 4850 and then a 4870
[url],review-31414-7.html[/url] theres some heirachy for you

10-11-2008, 16:24:46

yep it would be the 512mb card... the only reason I was asking was because of the price difference but £30 isn't toooooooo bad if i can find the 9800gtx+ for only that small amount more...

I'm slowly coming around to vista 64 bit but what anti-virus do you use with it????

10-11-2008, 16:52:29


theres some heirachy for you

If I'm buying a new card and have upwards of £165 to spend, I'm not going to look at a 8xxx anything.

11-11-2008, 05:46:57

ofc...but he also was budgeting £95 before you jump down any more peoples throats, and given his system it would be more than adequate if he wanted to save money. the bang for buck gain between 8 and 9 series is appauling. double the price for a what.. 10% maximal gain?

11-11-2008, 06:04:16

The post is certainly not jumping down people`s throats, and definately not preparing to - they can be if we wanted them to be - it merely states that with £165 disposable in your pocket, u aint gonna be looking at the 8 series, with any luck.

There is also the question about the 50%, to which there was also an answer.

Is it me, or is there an increasing amount of b1tchyness over gfxcards at present ? Everywhere I seem to read posts and threads, a simple comon sense reply or discussion about either camps get drug into a to-and-fro over either people`s opinion of whatever camp is better or where the best money is spent. Often where there really isn`t any need for it.

11-11-2008, 09:58:47

Vista 64 is worthit, mine is 100% stable, and i just use windows defender, be sensible and you won't need a cpu cycle eating Anti-Virus.. it's not difficult...
As for graphics card, at that price range perhaps amd/ati would be somewhere better to look? i'd avoid the 8 series as they're starting to kick up some failure rates, my 640 8800gts was becoming a pita on shaders, but i guess that may have been driver related.
amd seem to be all over the midrange/budget market at the minute.
just look around i'm sure you can find a sweet deal thats better than the 8 or 9 series tbh

11-11-2008, 10:53:56

It`s a point. £183 for an ASUS 4870 w/512m, which is more, or £148 for a Gigabyte 4850 w/1G @ Scan, don`t know how I feel about the 4850 w/1G tho unless u got plans on extreme resolutions.

If I havent got £183 in hand, I think I`d settle for £139 Gigabyte 9800GTX+.

11-11-2008, 12:53:58

I'd pay up the extra £40 if you can, the 4870 is a far superior card to the 9800GTX.

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