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What graphics card should one buy?

What graphics card should one buy?

Posted Jul 5, 2010 17:36 UTC (Mon) by bronson (subscriber, #4806)
In reply to: What graphics card should one buy? by rbrito
Parent article: A line in the sand for graphics drivers

In my experience: Intel > ATI > nVidia

There are exceptions of course (Intel's GMA500 screwup) but, in general, I try to go with Intel if you value compatibility and stability, and ATI if you want performance and don't mind wrestling with the drivers a bit.

This is the type of wrestling I mean, nothing major: http://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=19943


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What graphics card should one buy?

Posted Jul 5, 2010 18:23 UTC (Mon) by salimma (subscriber, #34460) [Link]

That's my experience too, but be warned that the latest ATI chipset (Evergreen a.k.a. R5xxx) is still not fully usable with the open-source driver; no clock-throttling (bad for battery life) and no DRI support yet, despite the hardware being released last autumn.

My netbook (Intel graphics) can perform 3D effects that puts my laptop (ATi) to shame, and the power drain from the GPU means I barely get 90 minutes of usage out of the standard battery.

What graphics card should one buy?

Posted Jul 6, 2010 18:38 UTC (Tue) by rriggs (subscriber, #11598) [Link]

Let's be clear: 1 year old ATI > current nVidia.

I cannot speak for Intel, as their video hardware isn't in the same league as the other two.

With proprietary drivers, nVidia wins hands down for ease of use.

OpenCL (GPGPU) support using open source drivers is non-existent. One must use proprietary drivers. And for this, I prefer ATI.

What graphics card should one buy?

Posted Jul 8, 2010 1:09 UTC (Thu) by brouhaha (subscriber, #1698) [Link]

I think there's little question that the nVidia proprietary drivers are good. I buy ATI rather than nVidia, even though I currently run proprietary drivers, because ATI supports open source while nVidia does not. nVidia is arguably more hostile toward open source than Microsoft.


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