Video image quality benchmark implies huge technical advantage over Intel and Nvidia

AMD claims 86% better performance

AMD has announced improvements to its ATI Catalyst 1.6 driver suite which it claims extends its leadership in video image quality.

According to the HQV Benchmark, Version 2, AMD scored 48 per cent better than its competition in discrete graphics and up to 87 per cent better in integrated graphics.

AMD cites support of the newly released Adobe Flash Player 10 technology as important to more seamless video playback from popular online video sites, such as YouTube.

“Through advancements in AMD hardware and software, we are helping people have a richer online experience,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Division. “Whether you plan to stream games during the world soccer event, watch last night’s episode of your favorite show or play online video games, having the right hardware and software can make a big difference in achieving the best possible image quality.”

ATI Catalyst 10.6 drivers build on AMD’s expertise in video quality through improved cadence detection, dynamic contrast, and skin tone correction. In addition, new video post-processing features help with some of the issues, commonly called artifacts, which can occur when watching video that has been compressed onto a Blu-Ray™ or standard definition DVD disc. In particular, ATI Catalyst™ 10.6 helps reduce mosquito noise, the shimmering artifacts that appear near edges in videos, as well as deblocking, or smoothing out images that have become distorted by the compression process.

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