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What graphics card should one buy?

What graphics card should one buy?

Posted Jul 5, 2010 17:04 UTC (Mon) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
In reply to: What graphics card should one buy? by rbrito
Parent article: A line in the sand for graphics drivers

ATI cards have a few TODOs left, but they *work*. Composition works. 3d works well enough for things like scorched3d to work. Shaders don't work yet, but they don't work for *any* cards under Linux (the Mesa layers aren't stable yet: that's part of Gallium). (That the features list says MOSTLY for all of these simply says that the drivers are ready when Gallium is, AIUI.)

Of the r600/r700 TODOs on that list:

Video decoding using the 3D engine and UVD do not prevent video playback: they only mean that the CPU has to do the video decoding. If you could play back a video on a lesser card, you'll be able to play it back on r600/r700 right now. Shaders are awaiting Gallium. Antialiasing I don't know about; HDMI audio I don't pay attention to as I've got no hardware that cares about it.

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What graphics card should one buy?

Posted Jul 5, 2010 19:11 UTC (Mon) by svena (guest, #20177) [Link]

Shaders very much work in Mesa, and on the Intel side, at least as far as GLSL 1.20.

It's also starting to appear for the (Gallium) r300 driver.

I agree

Posted Jul 30, 2010 17:22 UTC (Fri) by moxfyre (guest, #13847) [Link]

AMD/ATI have their hearts and/or heads in the right place. They are supported full-featured 3D drivers with documentation and developer time. Most things work already (it's amazing how fast a 3D driver can be developed when the vendor cooperates!), and insofar as a few things don't, it's not because of vendor obstruction but just because of the large amount of complex code and documentation that has to be produced.

On the other hand, Nvidia has *never* helped with the development of the open-source Nouveau drivers. Those only work because of reverse-engineering.

Intel has been cooperating with and funding open-source graphics driver development for the longest time, so their drivers work well for nearly everything. Intel graphics on my laptop work flawlessly with suspend/HDMI/kernel mode-setting, etc. etc. etc.

So yeah, Intel > ATI > Nvidia in terms of practical features, and Intel ~ ATI >> Nvidia in terms of "vendor doing the right thing these days."

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