AMD claims it trashes Nvidia, Intel on HQV 2.0 images -

Chip firm AMD claimed that improvements to its ATI Catalyst 10.6 driver suite meant a huge boost in image quality using V2.0 of the HQV benchmark.

It claimed that AMD scored 47 percent better than Nvidia in discrete graphics and 86 percent better on integrated graphics.

The benchmark consists of a collection of short videos, evaluating the how the video processor handles artefacts in scenes under heavy loads. It's based on image quality and intended to evaluate how Blu-ray and DVD performs.

The latest drivers also include support for AMD Flash Player 10.1, said AMD.

Here's how AMD figures out it's thrashing Intel and Nvidia.

AMD results
iGMA X4500
i HD (i3)
ATI HD4200
ATI HD540
Nvidia G210
Overall score
63
118
168
179
121

The configurations according to AMD are as follows:


INTEL GMA X4500 (G41)
The first system represents a current basic, entry-level desktop computer with integrated graphics, from Intel. It uses Intel’s GMA X4500 integrated graphics (G41 Express Chipset) with a Pentium Dual Core E5400 processor running at 2.7GHz. This system was equipped with 2GB (2x1GB) DDR3-1066, and Intel display driver 8.15.10.1872.

INTEL HD GRAPHICS (I3)
The second machine is a current “premium” IGP solution from Intel, using a Core i3 530, running at 2.93GHz. This system was equipped with 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1066, and Intel display driver 8.15.10.1952.

ATI RADEON HD 4200 (RS880 IGP)
Third on the list is an AMD integrated graphics solution, which includes an integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics processor and an Athlon II X4 630 Quad Core CPU running at 2.8GHz. This system was equipped with 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1333 and ATI display driver version 8.73 (soon to be released as “Catalyst 10.5”).

ATI RADEON HD 5450 (DISCRETE)
In the fourth machine, an Athlon II X4 640 CPU running at 3.0GHz is paired with an ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card, to show the HQV2.0 performance of our discrete graphics solutions. This system was also equipped with 4GB of DDR3-1333 and display driver version 8.73.

NVIDIA G210 (DISCRETE)
The final system uses an nVidia GeForce G210 graphics card in a desktop system with an Intel Core i3 540 CPU at 3.06GHz. The nVidia machine was equipped with 4GB DDR3-1333 and display driver 197.45.