Introduction

For quite a while, NVIDIA has led ATI in driver user interface capabilities. The ForceWare driver series has supplied users with all kinds of options. NVIDIA owners have been able to have more control over the functionality of their cards than ATI owners through the ability to disable or enable advanced optimizations. ForceWare even allows users to associate certain settings with a particular game, allowing users to pick optimal settings once for each game.

Today, ATI fights back against NVIDIA on the software front and provides an extensive, clean, and powerful user interface in their Catalyst Control Center. We will take a look at the features of the new interface and just what ATI has done differently this time around.



The fist thing that we will look at is the technology behind the new user interface from ATI. This time around, they decided to go with Microsoft's .NET as a backbone. The features that they include offer more control for the power user and greater accessibility for those who want to play computer games, but don't understand the difference between anisotropic filtering and a trout. Let's dive in and see what's under the hood of the Catalyst Control Center.

In The Belly Of The .NET Beast
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  • LoneWolf15 - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    I don't care if it's streamlined or not, I refuse to run a driver control app that requires .NET. Period. If it gets to the point where I don't have a choice, I'll sell my Radeon 9700 and get a GeForce 6600GT or similar. 60-70megs won't just annoy "resource snobs"...60-70 megs is enough RAM for a major app all by itself. Reply
  • wassup4u2 - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    I have an emachines notebook with a Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro. Will CCC/the normal Catalyst driver work with it?
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  • Jeff7181 - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    You'd think being .NET it might run good... nope... it takes longer for it to save changes than ATI's previous drivers. It's very frustrating.

    My advice... don't download it. It's worthless. The application preferences don't work correctly for me with Doom 3. I can start Doom 3 normally, but when I try to use the shortcut ATI creates it doesn't work... and I can't see the exact error message because the stupid Windows error box covers up the Doom 3 window that shows where it gets stuck and exits.
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  • Phiro - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    The message is clear; .Net for teh win.

    Seriously; we're using .Net more and more where I work, and maybe it's just the refactoring but when they rewrite something here to .Net we see HUGE improvements in stability, performance, etc.

    OTOH, new development in .Net here hasn't been so good.
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  • gsellis - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    I suspect the package is so big because they have included .Net in it. Reply
  • Jeff7181 - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    Am I a moron or is there nothing about where or when we can get this? Reply
  • PorBleemo - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    Well, at least they still offer the Control Panel. Reply
  • PorBleemo - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    I agree #2 that's crazy. At least I have 1.5GB... Reply
  • nserra - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    Excelente. I didnt expect something like this from Ati, is more ala Rage3DTweak.

    However i still think its too much complicaded for the ordinary Joe.

    For me its great, now i dont need Rage3D since i only used their profiles because they run over aplication level, now Ati CP already have this too.
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  • crazycarl - Thursday, September 02, 2004 - link

    60-70 extra megs????? Reply

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