Driver Update: ATI Catalyst 10.5

AMD has new Catalyst drivers ready and as usual the month and year of release make up the version number. The drivers are available for Windows XP, Vista and 7, with separate downloads for 32bit and 64bit environments. The new drivers are suitable for all Radeon models from the HD 2400 series; older maps rely on the 9.3 release. As usual, at the bottom of this posting are the direct links to the pages with the available downloads.

AMD recently supplied the CrossFireX profiles no longer only with the driver, but also as loose download, so that updates can be offered more quickly. New in version 10.5 is support for displays with a refresh rate of 120Hz and the ATI Overdrive can now handle several displays connected to the video card. Of course, we also see the usual list of bug fixes, followed by a collection of issues that are already known, but are still being worked on.

New Features

  • Support for 120 Hz displays on the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series and ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series
  • ATI Overdrive enhancement – ​​full support for multiple display configurations

Resolved Issues for All Windows Operating Systems

  • “Battlefield 2: Bad Company” maps no longer takes unusually long to load
  • Enabling hardware shaders (perfect mode) no longer causes text and on-screen menu corruption while loading missions in “IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946” game
  • Re-logging into a system after a Remote Desktop connection no longer results in “Catalyst Control Center is not supported…” warning message or the Graphics menu for Catalyst Control Center Advanced view to go missing
  • HDTV resolutions are now properly reported by the tooltip when the mouse cursor hovers over the CV display icon under “Desktops & Displays” in Catalyst Control Center

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System

  • Alt-Tabbing to desktop and back into “Mass Effect 2” game no longer causes the display to go black
  • In-game Anti-Alias ​​can now be applied when other in-game options like Volumetric Effects are enabled in “Empire: Total War” and “Napoleon: Total War” games
  • Enabling Anti-Alias ​​in “Empire: Total War” no longer causes a performance drop Running “Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0” in wireframe mode with tessellation enabled no longer causes the application to fail on ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series cards
  • Changing in-game resolution in “Alien vs. Predator” no longer causes the screen to flicker under Multi-GPU configurations
  • Catalyst Control Center now remembers the position of fourth monitor in Eyefinity group
  • Black screen no longer observed with “Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0” application with OpenGL mode settings
  • Enabling dynamic contrast in Catalyst Control Center video settings no longer causes vertical stripes to appear during XVID content playback

Resolved Issues for the Windows Vista Operating System

  • [Catalyst Control Center] Avivo basic color controls in the “All Settings” page can now be applied and will not shift to default values
  • HBR (high bit-rate) audio now functions properly
  • “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction” no longer fails during game play for ATI Radeon HD 2000 and 3000 series cards

Resolved Issues for the Windows XP Operating System

  • “Resident Evil 5” now launches properly with a HDMI display connected to an AGP card
  • PowerDVD no longer exhibits blue and pink tint when adjusting brightness and contrast in Catalyst Control Center when viewing Blu-ray content

Known Issues Under All Windows Operating Systems

  • Disabling CrossFire for the first time may cause the “Contrast” value to change to zero in Catalyst Control Center – Display Properties Color page

Known Issues Under the Windows 7 Operating System

  • Corruption may be observed during “Bioshock 2” gameplay in DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 mode with CrossFire enabled
  • PowerDVD may exhibits blue/pink tint and might not display smooth transition when adjusting brightness and contrast in Catalyst Control Center when viewing Blu-ray content
  • Grass and crop may be rendered randomly at unusual locations in “Battlefield 2: Bad Company” game scenes
  • [Windows 7 64-bit] Under specific Multi-GPU configurations, “Desktop Window Manager has stopped working” error may appear after driver installation and will not be enabled until after restart
  • [Catalyst Control Center] Customized Avivo video settings may revert to default values ​​after resuming from sleep/hibernation during SD or Blu-ray playback
  • Drag and Drop transcoded H264i content may experience audio and video synchronization issues and deinterlacing lines when viewed on some devices
  • Under Multi-GPU configuration with Crossfire enabled, setting both “Shaders Quality” and “Post-Processing Quality” to “Enthusiast” may cause the frame rate to drop in “Crysis Warhead” DirectX 9 game
  • Green texture corruption may be observed when resolution/video settings are changed in “Metro 2033” game in DirectX 10 and 11 mode on some cards
  • Assigned hotkeys may fail to be retained for “Desktops & Displays” after Catalyst Control Center restart

Known Issues Under the Windows Vista Operating System

  • Performing bezel compensation on 3×2 Eyefinity configuration may cause the bezel group (resolutions) to go missing

The following downloads are available:
ATi Catalyst 10.5 for Windows XP (32bit)
ATi Catalyst 10.5 for Windows XP (mobility)
ATi Catalyst 10.5 for Windows XP (64bit)
ATi Catalyst 10.5 for Windows XP (Media Center Edition)
ATi Catalyst 10.5 for Windows Vista (32bit)
ATi Catalyst 10.5 for Windows Vista (64bit)
ATi Catalyst 10.5 for Windows 7 (32bit)
ATi Catalyst 10.5 for Windows 7 (64bit)
ATi CrossFireX Application Profiles

Version number 10.5
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7 x64, Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows Vista, Windows Vista x64
Website amd
File Sizes 45.40MB – 72.30MB
License type Freeware