The Inquirer-Home

Sapphire reckons latest ATI driver significantly speeds up video conversion

Gem of a driver
Mon Dec 08 2008, 15:10

SAPPHIRE IS PLUGGING AMD's next graphics driver release – Catalyst 8.12 – claiming it will make all recent generations of Sapphire graphics cards better, enabling them to make use of the on-board stream processors to boot.

Sapphire cards are, of course, based on ATI graphics technology and so ATI stream will apparently allow hundreds of parallel stream processors inside the latest generation GPUs to accelerate a number of general purpose apps.

The Sapphire HD 4870 and 4850 each count 800 stream processors, so by using GPGU, the firm claims they can be used, not only for graphics, but a lot more besides.

Sapphire reckons a multitude of software outfits are already clamouring to develop apps using stream processing for acceleration of digital image processing, noodling about with multimedia and, of course, gaming.

To prove the point, ATI has released a free downloadable version of its Avivo Video Converter, so that Sapphire video card users can be wowed by the ability to speedily transcode HD video between formats. µ

 

Share this:

blog comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement
Subscribe to INQ newsletters

Sign up for INQbot – a weekly roundup of the best from the INQ

Advertisement
INQ Poll

Blackberry completes restructuring process

Do you think Blackberry can bounce back to growth?