AMD to open up graphics specs
Posted Sep 5, 2007 16:33 UTC (Wed) by tialaramex
In reply to: AMD to open up graphics specs
Parent article: AMD to open up graphics specs
The situation with R3xx and R4xx hardware is that you can get a fairly decent basic driver from X.org, and a lot of the improvements needed are blocked by lack of developer time or hardware to test with rather than particularly by lack of documentation (although there is no official ATI/ AMD documentation for this hardware).
On a Radeon X600 mobile variant in a laptop I'm using to post this for instance I seem to have an Xv scaler and overlay (ie accelerated video playback) and enough 3D to play Quake 3 Arena adequately, though I don't have a mouse plugged in so I got my backside handed to me when I just tried it. The card should be capable of more, but not a huge amount more (mostly more features rather than better performance).
If you have an R3xx or R4xx and thought it didn't work with Free drivers, upgrade to the latest available and try it out for yourself.
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