Free Driver and Utility Suite
- Ensures latest compatible drivers
- Optimisations for popular games
- Image stabilisation feature
- Accelerated video decoding
- Takes up more system resources than drivers alone
- Game optimisations can sometimes cause errors
- Must be logged in as Administrator to install
- Optimisations only available for select games
The software suite's main advantage is that, by using it, you can be sure that your graphics drivers are not only up to date, but that they are the most compatible drivers with your system. The suite also boasts optimisations for a number of top games, giving you performance increases that you would not get with the drivers alone. The suite also has some none-gaming features, such as Steady Video, an image stability function, and decode acceleration for improved playback of popular video formats.
Good in Most Cases
ATI Catalyst is definitely an improvement over just downloading the driver, however there are some kinks to be aware of. The game optimisations are essentially squeezing every drop of performance possible, and as such can often cause glitches and crashes. These problems are usually fixed in updates, but they are there. Also, those optimisations are only available for a select number of games.