Over the years, ATI has developed the reputation of shipping poor drivers. In the past, this has been a deserved reputation. In the mid-90's, people would often joke about ATI's "driver-a-day" operational mode, though drivers weren't actually released that frequently of course. Later, the original Rage 128 saw substantial delays and problems due to poor driver quality.
Today, the situation has changed substantially. That's not to say the ATI's current drivers are always perfect, but their driver process has certainly come a long way. Recently, the Toronto company has taken additional steps to ensure better quality and stability by revamping its entire software development process, resulting in driver packages ATI now dubs "Catalyst".
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