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Drivers

The drivers AMD offers for their ATI FirePro and FireGL graphics card families are very similar to the gaming drivers. It uses the same Catalyst Control Center.

I have to point out two peculiarities of the professional graphics card drivers. First, you can’t load an existing settings profile optimized for a certain professional application. It is explained by the support of AutoDetect function, which chooses the most optimal profile automatically depending on the active application at that particular moment. It is a very useful function especially for professionals working with numerous CAM and CAD systems, however, it is also not quite ideal. In particular, the user can’t create his own settings profiles for applications that the driver may not be familiar with.

The second peculiarity is the ability of this driver to support 10-bit color representation instead of the standard 8-bit one. This improvement expands the color space and may be very useful for creation and processing of monochrome images. Note that for modes with 10-bit color support you need to have a special monitor with extended color gamut. And since 10-bit color support increases the data flow transferred from the graphics card to the monitor, the use of Displayport interface on AMD graphics cards becomes absolutely justified.

 
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