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I'm planning on buying either a new nvidia or ATI card soon but havn't made up my mind. I know that nvidia has good driver support and it works well with XFree because i've used it. I also know that ATI has poor driver support. I am wondering if the poor driver support for ATI = substantial loss of performance. Does anyone have any experience with ATI drivers here ? How did the performance compare to that of a windows machine ? (I know my nvidia card tends to have a higher FPS in linux).
well i am not sure as of the comparisons cause i absolutely hate ati (in turn meaning i dont' use it ) and the nvidia chipset beats them hands down...so i suggest nvidia since they are the best (there is no arguement and this is not just a personal opinion) then why dont you stick with it...and if you get better performance in linux, then dont' you think that new FX5900 will just rock your world and like you said there is better driver support, so thats reason enough to save grief ...
I bought my ATI Radeon 9000 Pro about a year and half ago, I guess, before I ever had experience in linux.
After I tried it in linux, there was a bit of a headache gettin the 3d Acceleration to work.
But once it did, I get great framerates in linux -- much better than I had in Windows.
Granted, this is an older card -- still good, but older. So the support finally evolved around to greet it.
The newer Radeons just got the driver released.
Not too much of a headache anymore.
I say go with whichever -- all the radeons are working now.
by Shade I say go with whichever -- all the radeons are working now.
i assume part of the raedons drivers is an accelerated OpenGL library, any chance you can tell me what happens when you try and run an OGL app through a remote x connection because i want to be able to do this and the nvidia library just segfaults.