ATI has released its
June 2002 ATI Retail Update for Mac OS. The installer works on Mac OS 9.2.1 or higher, including Mac OS X 10.1 or higher.
As the name implies, the new drivers are designed to support Power Macs equipped with retail video cards manufactured by ATI — as opposed to the OEM cards included by Apple with these configurations. Specific ATI retail cards supported by these drivers include RAGE 128-equipped models like the RAGE Orion, XClaim VR 128 and Nexus 128, the Radeon Mac Edition, Radeon 7000 Mac Edition and Radeon 8500 Mac Edition.
The release notes available for the June drivers indicate various improvements to performance and reliability in a number of Mac games, including MacSoft’s forthcoming title Max Payne, iEntertainment Network’s WarBirds III as well as old favorites like Diablo II, Unreal Tournament and more.
The release notes also state that Full-Scene Anti-Aliasing (FSAA) is available at higher resolutions now, up to 1280 x 1024 resolution on the Radeon 8500 Mac Edition.
ATI also said that these drivers will work with Mac OS X 10.1.5, answering the needs of some users who have complained that previous driver installers haven’t worked with the new Mac OS X version.