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  • ATI Radeon HD 5850/5870 On Linux?

    Phoronix: ATI Radeon HD 5850/5870 On Linux?

    In the early hours of this morning AMD officially launched the ATI Radeon HD 5800 graphics cards series, currently made up of the Radeon HD 5850 and Radeon HD 5870. Both of these graphics cards are based upon their next-generation RV880 graphics core that brings significant improvements over the RV770 that was launched last July with the Radeon HD 4800 series...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzU0OQ

  • #2
    Originally posted by Phoronix
    We would expect it to be at least a couple of months before there is any open-source 3D acceleration support for these new graphics cards.
    Mmh I am not sure. It shouldn't be too much work to get it going with the new R6xx 3D code I think as it's still the same architecture.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by d2kx View Post
      Mmh I am not sure. It shouldn't be too much work to get it going with the new R6xx 3D code I think as it's still the same architecture.
      Except that it's a new card generation...

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      • #4
        Who cares having a linux support for HD5850 / 5870 ?
        Find first a game that can already overload an HD4870 / 4890 AND that runs natively with linux !

        That's not to say ATI shouldn't give that linux support on the same day as the windows support...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Fixxer_Linux View Post
          Who cares having a linux support for HD5850 / 5870 ?
          Find first a game that can already overload an HD4870 / 4890 AND that runs natively with linux !

          That's not to say ATI shouldn't give that linux support on the same day as the windows support...
          Dual-booters (and I guess also VM setup?) would probably like a good gaming card for windows, that also has at least basic support (video,2D, and some degree of 3D) in linux. That is why I care about the linux support, anyway..

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Fixxer_Linux View Post
            That's not to say ATI shouldn't give that linux support on the same day as the windows support...
            Yeah, well. I'd assume fglrx will get the support at the same time as Windows Catalyst. As to when opensource drivers pick up the support, we can hope for the best.

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            • #7
              how big is the difference between the generations? is the drm-hardware some extra part in hardware?

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              • #8
                The driver the 5870 ships with is a 9.10 beta (8.66)
                So it's very likley that the 5870 works with the 9.10 beta driver for Ubuntu 9.10.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
                  how big is the difference between the generations? is the drm-hardware some extra part in hardware?
                  I recall hearing more than between r600 and r700 but less than between r500 and r600 but probably not a good idea to take that for granted.

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                  • #10
                    Is there any point to spend resources on userspace modesetting? Kernel modesetting for R700 now works well enough and KMS for R800 can probably be written fast enough.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by stikonas View Post
                      Is there any point to spend resources on userspace modesetting? Kernel modesetting for R700 now works well enough and KMS for R800 can probably be written fast enough.
                      For now probably yes. Writing in new features for userspace modesetting, on the other paw, isn't possibly that smart. Simply keeping new cards running might not be stupid for now.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
                        For now probably yes. Writing in new features for userspace modesetting, on the other paw, isn't possibly that smart. Simply keeping new cards running might not be stupid for now.
                        It would be nice for Solaris and the BSDs which haven't implemented a KMS-like system in their kernels yet.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by phoronix View Post
                          Phoronix: ATI Radeon HD 5850/5870 On Linux?
                          In regards to open-source support for the Radeon HD 5800 series, we would expect initial mode-setting support to appear within the xf86-video-ati driver within weeks and hopefully we will also see kernel mode-setting support shortly thereafter or around time of the Linux 2.6.33 kernel, We would expect it to be at least a couple of months before there is any open-source 3D acceleration support for these new graphics cards.
                          Sound like if I buy one now, it'll be running Compiz in one year ?

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                          • #14
                            Should be much sooner. I think that in 1 year you should be able to run even gallium3d driver.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks (but I'd prefer if it was told by God^W Bridgman himself.

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