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  • #46
    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    Maybe it is fine for you because you want to support your power company. If you want to save power you still have to use binary drivers. Especially when your card is able to run games you pay the price for higher energy consumption. Some laptops get even so hot that using oss radeon drivers is a real pain.
    The TDP of my card is 19W. With perfect power-saving, it'd average maybe half that. Gosh, 9.5W savings per usage-hour - that's like 1 euro in 65 days

    Actually on second thought, I want that one euro per every other month. AMD, get the improved PM code out already.

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    • #47
      why would anyone play any game in Linux at all???

      Originally posted by phoronix View Post
      Phoronix: AMD's New Catalyst Linux Driver Isn't Too Good

      Last week marked the release of a new AMD Catalyst Linux driver beta that was intended to improve the AMD Radeon OpenGL performance. AMD said this updated closed-source Linux graphics driver would bring "significant performance improvements" for Valve's recently ported Left 4 Dead 2 Linux game. Curious about AMD Linux OpenGL performance improvements elsewhere, I ran some benchmarks of this new driver on several different graphics cards. Unfortunately, the performance improvements aren't too widespread and there's other problems making this beta driver not appealing.

      http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18165
      why would anyone play any game in Linux at all???

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      • #48
        Originally posted by brvnbld View Post
        why would anyone play any game in Linux at all???
        Because they want to play games and they do not use Windows?

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        • #49
          I guess is because the hybrid graphics with an unsupported product.


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          • #50
            Originally posted by brvnbld View Post
            why would anyone play any game in Linux at all???
            They see me trollin, They hatin, Patrolling...

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            • #51
              haters

              Originally posted by ChrisXY View Post
              If you read phoronix long enough you know that sometimes there are articles that compare the current fglrx vs older ones. And it is happening. fglrx has improved very much in contrast to one or even two years ago. You don't see it much because the change is gradual and I think we humans very readily accept the status quo to be the reference point...

              Sure, they still have to improve quite a bit, but your implication that it never gets better is not what we see. You can complain that the improvements are not coming along fast enough.
              Will hate.

              Some people can't be satisfied.

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              • #52
                It works great on my K75DE -stop wineing.

                Originally posted by ChrisXY View Post
                If you read phoronix long enough you know that sometimes there are articles that compare the current fglrx vs older ones. And it is happening. fglrx has improved very much in contrast to one or even two years ago. You don't see it much because the change is gradual and I think we humans very readily accept the status quo to be the reference point...

                Sure, they still have to improve quite a bit, but your implication that it never gets better is not what we see. You can complain that the improvements are not coming along fast enough.
                Thankyou, I agree with ChrisXY:

                ...and Yes, amd/ati used to suck, I know cause the last time I tried them a year ago, they were crap.
                This time, I decided to give it another try, like I had a choice?, on my spanking new Asus K75DE Notebook (AMD Fusion A10-4600M / AMD Radeon HD 7670M)
                http://openbenchmarking.org/result/1...SU-WTFRENDER74

                why ?
                -simply because for even any semi-serious 3D/Gaming "Nvidia Optimus / IntelHD" is just plain caca on any notebook for LINUX these days !

                Seriously, my good old Dell M90 Laptop finally bit the dust, and since I did NOT want to jump into the "Nvidia Optimess Hamster Wheel", (or playing around with stUMBLEBEE), I smartly decided to swing over to a new (and surprisingly cheap), AMD Fusion notebook. I admit though, that since I mostly use Linux, I was a little leary that I might end up with a $700 (cdn) book-end.

                So, that said, I'm very happy with amd's latest Catalyst, running UbuntuStudio 12.10-amd64, and (latest)Arch-x86_64 with latest catalyst drivers.
                I initially thought I would be stuck with Windows 8 (YUK!), and a "VESA" Linux only, on this new puppy.
                But nope, was I ever wrong, everything, and I do mean "everything" works great, OOB, for me.
                Finally, the (latest) Catalyst is a welcome upgrade/update to the "xf86-video-ati".
                Maybe it's because I haven't touched an amd/ati product in over a year, but now, I see a GRAND improvement.

                I just hope and pray that AMD keeps it up, and better, ..., for Linux.

                ... Nvidia xxxm what ?, Optimess who?, in Linux ???!!! -wtf is that in a notebook these days. ? -Lol.

                Now, I'm off to experiment with some other Linux Distro's, on this "AMD Fusion" notebook.

                Cheers.
                Last edited by scjet; 12-03-2012, 04:46 AM.

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