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I'm buying a new video card for my computer and i'm thinking of going with a radeon x1950 pro (my current one is an X550 - Asus manufacturer)
What's the status with linux support for this one ? If it's difficult to set up, i'm open to other suggestions (within the same price range ofcourse)...
However have in mind that i'm inclined towards ATI (Btw, I've read tons of reviews and tests and found that this particular model blows every other card out of the water (except for high end DX10 cards) - gaming, decoders, taking the load from the CPU...you name it)
So, should i go with this one or is there a better choice ?
Thanks in advance!
I wasn't aware they'd released 2D drivers, I guess they could be closed source ones I wasn't aware of (which is what nvidia supply).
It looks like that ATI card is quite a high-end one, so I think the nvidia equivalent would be an 8600 chipset model. Which one depends how much you can afford. I have an 8600M GT on my laptop and it's very, very good indeed. Very fast and a great image.
I think the general rule is go for as much and as fast graphics memory as you can. It's hard to say exactly which one as I don't know your interface, preferred outputs and budget. The are lots of 8600 based cards out there ranging from just under £100 to over £200.
It's interesting that you've seen lots of reviews about how good the Radeon device is, I have one on my work laptop which works very well under Windows, but when I boot it to Linux it's pretty poor in comparison - especially when driving an external monitor.
I can't find any Linux drivers for the ATI card with a quick search! The ATI website only seems to talk about Vista. I suspect that if you're wanting to do things liking gaming and fast stuff you're probably best off with something that has proper drivers. For example, the nvidia cards can look very good with the open source drivers but, for example, fail if you want to play Second Life.
Someone once said to me (I believe it is a Buddhist thing):
If you are too concern about the future, you will not be able to enjoy the present.
Maybe you had some experiences with ATI that lead you have certain trust, belief or even faith that they will provide us with a good driver. However, as an ATI user who waited almost 2 years for a proper driver (that allows me to enjoy all the fancy stuff I saw with Compiz/Beryl, where users of NVIDIA and Intel have been enjoying for months), the feeling is very bitter. Not to mention to amount of time in hacking the xorg.conf as well as reading many on line guides on ATI setup just to get my graphics working - which only to reinforce my opinion that getting ATI to work with Linux, at this current situation will be a bad choice.
Yes, AMD had released spec regarding ATI cards. Yes, there seems to be tangible and real attention given my AMD to resolve bad driver situation for Linux. However, that has yet to materialized. What we see here are hopes and promises, which may worth something to you, but may be worthless to others. Only time will tell, how the situation will be.
I am not saying you should not be prepared or hopeful for the future. I am just saying, you may need to be more realistic about it.
Anyway, why not wait for a few more weeks? It is my understanding there will be new driver release soon, which will support AIGLX and Composite. Maybe you would like to wait and see how things would turn out, and make the choice after.
All depends on your needs, do some research on the topic.
Bit harsh; it's quite bewildering what's out there and it's always good to ask for help and advice on what people have really managed to achieve with Linux and drivers. You could argue he is doing research by asking us! ;-)
After my 6600(not GT), I'm glad I paid just a little more for the 8800GTS 320, as it's considerably more bang (~3x) for a few more bucks (<80% more) compared to the 8600GT/GTS, which should now be squeezed down in price as the reasonable midrange mainstream card is finally released. Depends on your resolution and gaming needs, most games are fine at 30-60fps.