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  • #16
    Originally posted by Michael View Post
    More like limitations imposed by NVIDIA on not having their AIBs send out new NVIDIA cards to Phoronix...
    Is there anything we can do to help out without spending much cash on our side?

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    • #17
      Originally posted by superppl View Post
      Is there anything we can do to help out without spending much cash on our side?
      Tell NVIDIA to support Phoronix.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by superppl View Post
        Is there anything we can do to help out without spending much cash on our side?
        Tell NVIDIA and their different AIB partners (eVGA, ASUS, MSI, BFG Tech, et al) that you are a customer that uses Linux and would appreciate Linux benchmarks and more information on their products, through channels like Phoronix.com.
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #19
          Nice article

          Now I'm looking forward to free 3D and power management.
          Even if the open drivers are a bit slower, with such a card you will probably notice no difference, will you?

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          • #20
            Well you have to deal with 2 drivers currently:

            a) play a game -> fglrx

            b) watch tearingfree video -> ati/radeon

            Basically fglrx is a joke, but R600+ has got no 3d support in mesa at all currently, not even enough for compiz. You can at least watch videos with xv on Nvidia and when you disable composite (maybe a bit stupid restriction) then you get vdpau h264 video accelleration too (tearfree without composite).

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            • #21
              Originally posted by GreatWalrus View Post
              Simple mistake here on the second page; idle power for the 4890 should be 60 watts not 160 watts if we go by the statistics on the slides on the first page.



              Anyways, great review on this just-released card! I was so shocked and happy to see my RSS feed show an article from you guys on the 4890 on the day of the official release. This was a very thorough guide and review. I find it very important because I am deeply considering purchasing an ATI Radeon 4890.

              Thanks!

              Edit: Actually, idle tests are showing it at 160 watts. Maybe the slide is wrong?
              The page you linked to was measuring total system power consumption at the outlet, not just the power usage of the card. That 160W idle was for the video card, cpu, motherboard, hard drive, AC/DC conversion losses, etc.

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              • #22
                If you want to play games...buy a game console.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by rbmorse View Post
                  If you want to play games...buy a game console.
                  Or install Windows.

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                  • #24
                    Well what if I don't want to haul an extra gadget around? My 8600gt can play games just fine.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Vadi View Post
                      Well what if I don't want to haul an extra gadget around? My 8600gt can play games just fine.
                      Have a kid and pack it in their knapsack

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                      • #26
                        Yeah. It's along the "switch the distro if program X isn't working" type of thing

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Vadi View Post
                          Well what if I don't want to haul an extra gadget around? My 8600gt can play games just fine.
                          There's a box that can take a 4890 that you going to carry around with you just to play games?

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                          • #28
                            I don't get what do you mean.

                            I already have a laptop, which I use for everything. (in fact it even has a decent-sized 1440x900 screen, not a tiny one with 3 buttons!)

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Vadi View Post
                              I don't get what do you mean.

                              I already have a laptop, which I use for everything. (in fact it even has a decent-sized 1440x900 screen, not a tiny one with 3 buttons!)
                              3 buttons? pffft overkill. My Atari 2600 only need one button for even sports games.

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