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    Phoronix: AMD Radeon HD 4890 On Linux

    With the launch of the Radeon HD 4800 series in June of last year, AMD made an evolutionary leap in their Linux support. For the first time, when introducing a brand new graphics processor (the RV770) it was greeted by same-day Linux support, compared to the past where Linux users had to wait many months for any new level of support. Not only was there this Linux support via the Catalyst driver, but there was even open-source support in the X.Org driver the very same month. In the months that followed, they then introduced CrossFire support, OverDrive, and other features to put their Linux Catalyst suite closer to their Windows driver. This morning AMD is announcing a high-end refresh of the RV770 GPU that will be known as the RV790 and is found in the Radeon HD 4890 graphics card. Is AMD continuing to play ball with Linux? We will tell you this morning as we look closely at the ASUS Radeon HD 4890 on Ubuntu Linux.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=13664

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    A damn nice card that is. Let's hope that the final Catalyst 9.4 driver release will run as fine as the Catalyst 9.5 () Beta you used and that UVD(2) support is coming soon.

    But we're reaching a point where faster graphic cards are becoming useless for normal Linux users, because the games simply do not need this power.

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    • #3
      Nice card. Not worth the upgrade from an 4870, but if you're buying now, it's a good performer. Personally though, I would wait for the HD5870.

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      • #4
        Thanks Michael vor another Great Artikle.

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        • #5
          Why not squeeze a GeForce GTX 285 into that benchmark since you suggest that is the card which this one is meant to compete with?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by korpenkraxar View Post
            Why not squeeze a GeForce GTX 285 into that benchmark since you suggest that is the card which this one is meant to compete with?
            I would like to see the comparison between HD 4890 and GTX 285 too. It would greatly show which card is better, or has better support under linux. (I have a feeling that GTX would be better in benchmarks, but prove me wrong.)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DoDoENT View Post
              I would like to see the comparison between HD 4890 and GTX 285 too. It would greatly show which card is better, or has better support under linux. (I have a feeling that GTX would be better in benchmarks, but prove me wrong.)
              Me too.

              Thanks for review.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DoDoENT View Post
                I would like to see the comparison between HD 4890 and GTX 285 too. It would greatly show which card is better, or has better support under linux. (I have a feeling that GTX would be better in benchmarks, but prove me wrong.)
                Count me on that too!

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                • #9
                  I think some of you are mistaken. The 4890OC edition is meant to compete with the GTX 285($350~), the 4890($250) is priced closer to the GTX 280($290~). So throwing in a GTX 280 would be about right.

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                  • #10
                    There should be a GTX 275 out soon too, cheaper than GTX 285 but nearly as fast as the bigger brother. Btw. it would be no problem to use a "working" control file with other drivers

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                    • #11
                      Can this card do compiz+games and compiz+movies?

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                      • #12
                        Unfortunately Phoronix generally seems to avoid comparing cards from different chip makers on the same box for reasons only they know. My guess is that we will not see that comparison.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by korpenkraxar View Post
                          Unfortunately Phoronix generally seems to avoid comparing cards from different chip makers on the same box for reasons only they know. My guess is that we will not see that comparison.
                          More like limitations imposed by NVIDIA on not having their AIBs send out new NVIDIA cards to Phoronix...
                          Michael Larabel
                          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                          • #14
                            They could send it to me too *g*

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                            • #15
                              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.

                              Originally posted by Phoronix on Page 2
                              The maximum board power consumption for the Radeon HD 4890 is 190 Watts while it should idle at around 160 Watts. The Radeon HD 4870 had a maximum power consumption of 160 Watts, but it idled at 90 Watts.
                              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?
                              Last edited by GreatWalrus; 04-02-2009, 01:18 PM.

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