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Catalyst 9.3: ATI now loves Folding@Home

Back in late October, I wrote a piece where I took some 24 cards and did a test run using couple identical work units and saw that a $49.99 GeForce 9600 GSO (now known as the GeForce GT130 inside those new Mac Pros) is beating the living daylights out of ten times more expensive 4870X2. This brought a lot of attetion and the company started to address the issue.

ATI’s poor performance in Folding@Home client was mostly due to different hardware capabilities of Radeon X1K, Hd2000, HD3000 and HD4000 series. But after couple of months of hard work on code optimization, ATI managed to crack into the big league, performance-wise.

Today we received the answer a lot of Folding enthusiasts awaited for so long… after making multi-GPU possible on Catalyst 9.2, the latest 9.3 version brings new version of ATI Stream and AMD Display Library SDKs, significantly raising the performance of F@H client.

If you fold and use an ATI card, don’t think – go and download them. If you are enjoying yourself with Windows 7 Beta (for some odd reason, version 7033 works better on my system than RC 7058 – why Microsoft, why you always have superb betas and then SNAFU the final verson?), you’ll be pleased to hear thatas of this month, Catalyst for Windows 7 are entering monthly refresh schedule.

Now, if there is one person who believes Microsoft that Windows 7 is coming out next year, wake up and start preparing for this summer. ; )

  • Catalyst 9.3 won’t improve your Folding scores.

    The next GPU Client which will bring improvements is still in beta!

  • Well, ATI is claiming to… I would go and check what happened if there wasn’t for the fact that I am workking 15-18 hours a day on preparations for the launch…

    I’ve installed Catalyst 9.3 – will let everybody know if that blogpost from Ian McNaughton of AMD fame was in the wrong…

    http://blogs.amd.com/play/2009/03/18/ati-catalyst-93-everything-you-want-to-know/

  • Well, Ian is sometimes too enthusiastic. 😉

    Here is the statement from Matt Houston:

    http://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=9053&p=89439&sid=c4c985e9dfb73d8c1393480be6bbf916#p89439

    “There will be an updated core needed that is still in beta testing to see increases. There were changes to CAL that improve our latency in scheduling the hardware from the CPU when some optional flags are enabled. Once that is happy in the wild, we will work on some other ease of use improvements, a…”

  • Well, both Ian and Terry were really optimistic… I have to say I did note an improvement in scores… 100 points a day more… 😛