A little earlier than expected, ATI has released Catalyst 10.6 drivers.
These new drivers seem to offer across the board improvements in performance for ATI hardware users.
So, what's new? A lot!
GPU acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1 AMD GPU acceleration of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 delivers smooth high definition video playback and reduces system resource utilization Adobe Flash Player 10.1 can be accelerated on notebook and desktop platforms featuring AMD graphics including: ATI Radeon HD 5000 and ATI Radeon HD 4000 series ATI Mobility ATI Radeon HD 400 series (and higher) ATI Radeon HD 3000 series integrated graphics (and higher) Video De-blocking support Reduces blocking artifacts seen in low-bit rate video during playback Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series of products Mosquito noise reduction Reduces mosquito noise seen in highly compressed progressive video, during playback Supported on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series of products Official support for OpenGL 4.0 and OpenGL 3.3 ATI Catalyst 10.6 delivers official support for OpenGL 4.0 on the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series ATI Catalyst 10.6 delivers official support for OpenGL 3.3 on the ATI Radeon HD Series
There's also the usual performance improvements for games such as Alien vs. Predator benchmark; Company of Heroes; Crysis Warhead; DiRT2 DX9, and Wolfentstien.
Grab the new drivers here.