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Microsoft DirectX 9 RC 0 released, ATI announces CATALYST BRC0

Itís one of the key industry events: Microsoft released the first public Microsoft DirectX 9 beta version, naturally supporting multimedia content, full-featured graphics, video, 3D animation, rich audio. Besides, DirectX 9.0 includes security, performance optimization, and DirectX 9.0 API additions.

Naturally, this version of DirectX 9.0 has bugs, and the developer company states this as well. As thereís no uninstaller for DirectX 9.0, Microsoft recommends to experiment with the beta only under Windows ME or Windows XP, having previously used System Restore (Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, and Windows 2000 do not support System Restore).

Still this beta can work under Windows 98/2000/Me/XP. It supports Chinese (simplfied and traditional), Czech, Dutch, English (US), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish, Swedish languages. You can download DirectX 9.0 RC 0 version DX90_308 here.

Canadian ATI Technologies dated the release of CATALYST Beta Release Candidate 0 (BRC0) to the release of this DirectX 9 beta. After drivers are certified by WHQL (Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs), theyíll become a part of unified ATI CATALYST kit.

New ATI drivers support DirectX 9.0 on RADEON 9700 PRO, RADEON 9500 PRO, RADEON 9700, and RADEON 9500. Besides, the company published 4 demos to illustrate DirectX 9 capabilities: "Pipedreams", "Rendering with Natural Light", "Car", and "Bear". You can download them and drivers here.

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