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  • #16
    Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
    That is up for debate. Intel may be further ahead in some areas (behind in others), but first off, their hardware is so much less impressive that it doesn't take as much, second, AMD drivers seem to work like magic.


    Yeah, right... you can count on the Houdini act when it comes to drivers in Linux.

    Maybe when they start working on features and avoiding the issues ppl keep complaining about (tearing and no hardware acceleration), then the magic will be there.

    I don't see how ATI cards are a good choice for a HTPC when so many features are missing that have to do with video (output).

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    • #17
      I will wail a few more days...

      http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...dows_sna&num=3

      In a few days on Phoronix are more Intel Sandy Bridge benchmarks (from a Core i5 2500K) using the latest Linux Git code and comparing it to the Nouveau (NVIDIA) and Radeon (ATI/AMD) open-source drivers with a few different graphics cards.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Panix View Post


        Yeah, right... you can count on the Houdini act when it comes to drivers in Linux.

        Maybe when they start working on features and avoiding the issues ppl keep complaining about (tearing and no hardware acceleration), then the magic will be there.

        I don't see how ATI cards are a good choice for a HTPC when so many features are missing that have to do with video (output).
        Huh? Where from you come up with this total crap nonsense? AMD drivers (ati has ceased to exist, look it up) *JUST WORK*. No crapshoot. Unlike drivers for ALL other GPUs.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
          Huh? Where from you come up with this total crap nonsense? AMD drivers (ati has ceased to exist, look it up) *JUST WORK*. No crapshoot. Unlike drivers for ALL other GPUs.
          What drivers are you talking about? Opensource or their closed source?

          *JUST WORK* sometimes is not enough...

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          • #20
            Originally posted by LinuxWarrior View Post
            What drivers are you talking about? Opensource or their closed source?

            *JUST WORK* sometimes is not enough...
            Unlike some people, I actually do read the threads I reply to. In your first post, you stated very specifically "Graphics card with OSS drivers". Guess what that means? Yep, Radeon OSS.

            And FYI: "Just work" doesn't mean *ONLY work and nothing more*, it means that they ACTUALLY WORK and do everything you need of them... with no bull involved. As simple as "insert install disk for distro of your choice, follow instructions, WOW, it ACTUALLY DOES WORK and WORKS GREAT!!!". My HTPC is a 785/HD4200 with a ***SEMPRON 140***, and it leaves nothing to want. The crystalhd decoder along with an otherwise BONE STOCK Fedora install with a few media players, and it is a *perfect* HTPC, which is perfectly happy to playback BD-BITRATE HD1080P H264 videos, i.e. BD RIPs. No tearing, no stuttering, no weird messing with settings, IT JUST WORKS.

            I'm speaking from experience here. Why does everyone have to bring in their ancient misconceptions about ATI hardware from way back when they still existed?


            BTW: *JUST WORK* means that it MOST DEFINITELY IS enough. If it WASN'T enough, it could NOT be classified as "working".
            Last edited by droidhacker; 07-15-2011, 09:58 AM.

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            • #21
              Sorry I've forgot you have the CrystalHD decoder... Obviously I was talking about AMD drivers lacking the video decoding acceleration support.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by LinuxWarrior View Post
                Sorry I've forgot you have the CrystalHD decoder... Obviously I was talking about AMD drivers lacking the video decoding acceleration support.
                Last I heard, intel decoders either don't work or are flaky as hell, all other decoders (including some intel) besides crystalhd require blob drivers. This may not be the case for long though, since g3d video decoding does actually work, although limited to mpeg2 still (but progressing...). By year's end, I suspect that I will be able to ditch the crystalhd, maybe move it into my nvidia laptop (which only works with acceleration disabled, not even with blob).

                That's one of the reasons I suggested those two mainboards I did... they both have mini-pcie slots to drop in a crystalhd.

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                • #23
                  Well I cannot confirm your position, but according to this:

                  http://openbenchmarking.org/result/1...IV-INTELSNBC25

                  (last image)

                  it seems to have hardware acceleration.... with a intel 2100 cpu.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by LinuxWarrior View Post
                    Well I cannot confirm your position, but according to this:

                    http://openbenchmarking.org/result/1...IV-INTELSNBC25

                    (last image)

                    it seems to have hardware acceleration.... with a intel 2100 cpu.
                    But you know how those intel drivers go... this week it works (sortof, for some things but not all), next week its regressed to hell, week after it won't even light up your monitor. Then you wait 6 months and it lights up again, but crashes whenever you look at it funny.

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