ATI Catalyst 9.7 is AMD's first official unified Windows 7 / Windows Vista Microsoft WHQL certified graphics driver for the Windows 7 RTM (Release To Manufacturing). ATI Catalyst 9.7 delivers a superior Windows 7 experience: Great gaming performance--superior performance compared to Windows Vista for single GPU configurations and ATI CrossFireX configurations. Stability--through AMD's WHQL certified, unified Windows 7 / Windows Vista graphics driver. Support for all the Windows 7 WDDM 1.1 features and AMD ATI Catalyst features on the ATI Radeon HD. The ATI Catalyst Control Center now features: A newly designed Desktops & Displays Manager--enabling users to more quickly configure and arrange their displays. Full support for HydraVision under Windows 7.
ATI Video encoder update--support for Windows 7. ATI Catalyst 9.7 introduces support for the ATI Video converter under Windows 7 32-bit and Windows 7 64-bit. Using ATI Stream technology, owners of ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series and ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series of graphics cards can take advantage of this video conversion tool (found in ATI Catalyst Control Center Basic View) to achieve substantial performance improvements when transcoding video files). Catalyst 9.7 also brings performance benefits in several cases where framerates are CPU-limited.