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I was just checking for updated drivers for my ATI 4870 and found something that may interest my fellow Borderlanders.

This is from the release notes for the newest catalyst 10.7 drivers.

Performance Improvements
The following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst™ 10.7:

  • Borderlands
    • Performance increases 3-5% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 and ATI Radeon™ HD 5700 series single card and CrossFire™ configurations when anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering is enabled
    • Performance increases 3-8% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 single card and CrossFire™ configurations when anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering is enabled
    • Performance increases 2-6% on ATI Radeon™ HD 5600 and ATI Radeon™ HD 5500 series single card configurations when anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering is enabled
    • Performance increases 2-10% on ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 series single card and CrossFire™ configurations when anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering is enabled
— Catalyst 10.7 Release Notes

While this may look good, further down in the release notes is some not so happy news, a Catch 22 if you will, for those like me who are running Windows 7.

Known Issues Under the Windows 7 Operating System
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced under the Windows 7 operating system in the latest version of Catalyst™. These include:

  • Drag and Drop transcoded H264i content may showing deinterlacing lines
  • "Borderlands" may intermittently fail after a duration of gameplay
  • PowerDVD may exhibits blue and pink tint and might not display smooth transition when...... etc.
— Catalyst 10.7 Release Notes

Since Borderlands is built on Unreal Engine 3 (UE3), this may produce performance increases and possible problems on Windows 7 for other games running on UE3. See: Unreal Engine 3 Games for a list of UE3 Games.

So i guess if you have one of the Graphics cards listed above it may be a good idea to update and take advantage of this performance improvement, but if you are running Windows 7 like me, be wary, you may want to wait until they fix the issue. Also don't blame me if you do decide to update, it screws up borderlands and you lose all your Legendaries and Pearls (Oh Noes!). You could just make a backup of your saves before screwing around, just a suggestion :) Darknite323 09:49, August 23, 2010 (UTC)


THX! I have a 4850 and was considering upgrading to Win7. Maybe I'll just wait. -- MeMadeIt 17:56, August 23, 2010 (UTC)

ATI tend to update their drivers about once a month, it looks like they're due for an update sometime this week, ill post an update when i know more. Darknite323 04:05, August 24, 2010 (UTC)

HA didn't i say they'd update this week, well the ATI 10.8 Catalyst drivers have been released and that problem introduced in 10.7 for borderlands on Win7 has been fixed.

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System
This section provides information on resolved issues in this release of the ATI Catalyst™ Software Suite for Windows 7. These include:

  • Desktop line corruption no longer observed after powering off the DP display and then turning it on while viewing Blu-ray content
  • "Borderlands" no longer fails after a duration of gameplay
  • Opening numerous windows in Adobe Photoshop CS5 no longer..... etc.
— Catalyst 10.8 Release Notes

So if you have one of the graphics cards listed earlier and are on Windows 7 make sure you update your drivers to version 10.8 not 10.7 to avoid problems with Borderlands. Darknite323 03:53, August 26, 2010 (UTC)

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