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  • #51
    Save your money and get a GT300 next year if you really use it mainly for Linux and not only part time.

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    • #52
      Originally posted by Kano View Post
      Save your money and get a GT300 next year if you really use it mainly for Linux and not only part time.
      if it ever comes out, you mean?

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      • #53
        Originally posted by Munchkin View Post
        I need to run:

        - two monitors @ 23" @ 2048 x 1152
        - compiz fusion
        as bridgman said, the 5870 is officially supported by the 9.10 driver, which has been out for a while. Both multi-monitor and composition are supported. 3D gaming isn't a problem either, unless you're talking about wine.

        While Kano is rightly hinting that nvidia's binary drivers are in some ways more mature than fglrx, waiting for an unreleased piece of hardware would be a waste of time. All public knowledge about the GT300 is based on nvidia's press releases, and those releases contain obvious lies. It seems that their promises are mostly a marketing move to stall buyers until nvidia's next generation cards are finally ready. Whether they can actually deliver (and if, when) must at this point be considered "unknown".

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        • #54
          Originally posted by rohcQaH View Post
          as bridgman said, the 5870 is officially supported by the 9.10 driver, which has been out for a while. Both multi-monitor and composition are supported.

          Well he said "should"... a lot of things should work.

          I don't want to waste lots of money on a card that *may* work.

          Waiting for nvidia will take too long.

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          • #55
            Originally posted by Munchkin View Post
            Well he said "should"... a lot of things should work.
            yeah, he's always careful with his wordings. Probably because he didn't verify it himself.

            But the release docs say:

            http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/ca..._910_linux.pdf :
            ATI Radeon™ HD 5800 Series
            and if that didn't work, you'd have seen a lot of complaints in here.

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            • #56
              Ugh, my new GTX260 got sent back for repair 5 weeks ago and it's increasingly unlikely that I'll ever see it again. Here in Australia the GTXs are clean out of stock, and even the 5850s are as rare as hen's teeth due to demand.

              I really want to stick with NVIDIA but without even a ship date for the 300, I think I and a lot of other Linux users will end up resorting to a 5850.

              I really liked my GTX260. When it wasn't crashing (hardware fault) I was able to run Far Cry 2 and Oblivion at 1920x1080 with medium settings at around 20-30fps in Wine. I do hope the Catalyst drivers are sufficiently mature enough to do something similar.

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              • #57
                Originally posted by mykro76 View Post
                When it wasn't crashing (hardware fault) I was able to run Far Cry 2 and Oblivion at 1920x1080 with medium settings at around 20-30fps in Wine. I do hope the Catalyst drivers are sufficiently mature enough to do something similar.
                How were you able to determine that it was a hardware fault and not a closed-up binary blob fault?

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                • #58
                  I thought ATI was making massive strides in Linux support and that new card users (4000, 5000 series) would have Nvidia-like performance in most cases, with modern drivers?

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                  • #59
                    as fglrx shares a lot of code with the windows drivers, 3D performance on linux is close to 3D performance on windows. IIRC fglrx doesn't implement EXA though, resulting in slower performance on certain 2D operations.

                    The OS drivers are different: they offer good 2D acceleration, but the 3D code isn't as optimized as the windows drivers (and in some parts still unfinished). OS drivers aren't written until the hardware is actually released, so it takes a while until they're available for recent hardware.

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                    • #60
                      On openSUSE with a radeon hd 5850, Kwin crashe automaticaly... No driver work for this gc ??

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