As you probably heard on Podcast #115, the gang was rather unimpressed at Blizzard’s choice to disable anti-aliasing of any sort on systems using AMD GPUs. nVIDIA users could benefit from AA if they used the driver override to trump StarCraft II’s settings but AMD users could not.  The new release of the beta Catalyst 10.7 changes that and you can now fire up AA on AMD cards and you can see how that effects performance in Ryan’s update to the SartCraft II GPU testing here.  For those with smaller monitors, the performance hit may not be worth it but if you are playing on a 30″ monitor or even on multiple monitors then this will really change the way the game looks.

“I do find it interesting, but not surprising, that AMD basically is eating crow when it comes to what they said in this public release about AA in StarCraft II the day the game launched. To quote from AMD’s PR: We are committed to making AA perform at an acceptable level before we release it to our customers. We will continue to work with Blizzard on this matter and hope to offer our customers an acceptable AA solution at a later date. Just three days later we see the Catalyst 10.7 beta that is experiencing the same dramatic performance hit that NVIDIA is seeing; obviously AMD decided it was better to appease complaining fans and journalists rather that actually have “AA perform at an acceptable level before we release it to our customers.””

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