With the 6.5 drivers:
When I first start up, there are two copies of CLI.EXE, each taking up 20-35mb of memory.
As time goes on, more duplicates are created and more memory is taken up. I've seen over 200mb of memory consumed by this. Terminating any of the duplicates removes the taskbar icon, and subsequently attempting to access control panel resuts in another duplicate being spawned.
I have observed this behavior consistantly on three different systems mixed-and-matched with an 8500, a 9550, and a 9600XT, on another system with an X1800XL, and on a third with an M300 IGP. As this constitutes every ATI system I have ever used with Catalyst Control Center, I'm inclined to believe that it's neither a hardware nor software conflict.
This is a drastic improvement from the first CCC releases, where I would often find a system slowing to a crawl as over 200 CLI.EXE processes were stuck constantly generating more copies of themselves and flooding my system in a way reminicent of core wars. However, the bloat is still troubleing to me.
I don't suppose there's any hope of getting the old non-bulky, non-intensive, and reliable control panel interface back, is there? I hate feeling like I'm poultry that's being flashed with dazzeling lights in an effort to keep me relaxed and placid as a giant hammer slams itself into my face and makes a goopy mess.