Radeon Enabler Adds 3D Overrides for OEM Cards
8:45 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story
Bruce Luckcuck has released Radeon Enabler, a patch for the OEM versions (from Apple) of the ATI Radeon 9000, 9600, 9700 and the 9800 video cards that enables ATI's Radeon Display to work with these cards. The patch does not "flash" or "hack" your card in any way, but simply updates the ATI Displays application.
Once the Radeon Enabler is run, users can turn on features only retail version of these cards enjoyed, such as enabling FSAA in games that don't natively support the function.
Here's what the author had to say about Radeon Enabler:
Until recently, the extra features available for the retail card were mostly focused on the parts of the cards that were legitimately different. For example TVout. The OEM cards lack the hardware to produce TVout. With the release of Radeon Displays 4.1 for the Radeon 9800 Pro, ATI added a capability called "OpenGL Overrides." This enables the user to utilize 3D options like FSAA in games that don't natively support that function. When Radeon Displays 4.1 was released, promises were made that a subsequent release of version 4.2 would add support for "other Radeon cards." While never directly committing, it was strongly implied that this next release would include OEM support. For more information on Radeon Enabler, please visit the official web site.
Well, it didn't.
If there was a good reason to withhold this feature then that would be one thing. But this is not the case. The retail Radeons have the same graphics cores as the OEM versions. There is no technical reason to deny OEM card owners these capabilities.
So out of frustration, I set out to solve this inequity. The result is Radeon Enabler.
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