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SteamOS beta "Alchemist" arrives

SteamOS beta "Alchemist" arrives

Posted Dec 19, 2013 18:46 UTC (Thu) by tjc (guest, #137)
In reply to: SteamOS beta "Alchemist" arrives by ewan
Parent article: SteamOS beta "Alchemist" arrives

> Given that anyone running Steam is already accepting proprietary software, I can't see any reason why someone building a Steambox would care about anything but nVidia support.

I think any opportunity to reduce the amount of proprietary software on my system is worth consideration, so I would be very interested in a Steam Machine with Intel graphics support.


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SteamOS beta "Alchemist" arrives

Posted Dec 19, 2013 20:32 UTC (Thu) by pizza (subscriber, #46) [Link]

> I think any opportunity to reduce the amount of proprietary software on my system is worth consideration, so I would be very interested in a Steam Machine with Intel graphics support.

Given that the whole point of a "Steam Machine" is to run highly proprietary software (ie games) with a degree of performance that generally necessitates the use of something other than Intel graphics...

Especially when one can pick up an older Radeon 6000-series card for pretty cheap that will run circles around all but the newest Intel stuff, even when using the FOSS radeon drivers.

(That's what I'm doing, FWIW)

SteamOS beta "Alchemist" arrives

Posted Dec 20, 2013 22:08 UTC (Fri) by tjc (guest, #137) [Link]

> Especially when one can pick up an older Radeon 6000-series card for pretty cheap that will run circles around all but the newest Intel stuff, even when using the FOSS radeon drivers.

This doesn't appeal to me, since the Radeon drive is buggy, and Intel's is not.

SteamOS beta "Alchemist" arrives

Posted Dec 21, 2013 2:44 UTC (Sat) by pizza (subscriber, #46) [Link]

> This doesn't appeal to me, since the Radeon drive is buggy, and Intel's is not.

Your mileage may vary. Especially depending on your hardware generation.

For example, I have fewer graphics-related problems with the Radeon 6670 in this workstation than I do with the Ivy Bridge-class Intel thingey in my work laptop, using Gnome-shell and other such desktop tasks. And the former runs circles around the latter, despite the latter's significant CPU performance advantage.

Identical kernel/software/etc on both.

Anyway.


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