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  • Radeon HyperZ R300g Performance

    Phoronix: Radeon HyperZ R300g Performance

    With Marek Olk having fixed-up the R300 Gallium3D HyperZ support and then finally enabling this performance-boosting technology by default for the vintage Radeon X1000 (R500) series graphics cards, new benchmarks were conducted to look at the performance impact of ATI HyperZ finally being flipped on in this legacy ATI Linux graphics driver.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=18234

  • #2
    These are very positive results. It's worth remembering that even more could be gained from HyperZ than what is shown here if other performance aspects are improved... if my understanding is correct.

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    • #3
      And the other point is...

      ... that HyperZ now works for all of these different applications!

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      • #4
        It's worth remembering that even more could be gained from HyperZ

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        • #5
          Wow! This should make Radeon X1000-series users happy. All 20 of them

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bug77 View Post
            Wow! This should make Radeon X1000-series users happy. All 20 of them
            You would be surprised, that for many X1000 is just enough. This commits make X1000, the most supported legacy GPU. Even Intel don't provide that much support for legacy GPUs.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Drago View Post
              You would be surprised, that for many X1000 is just enough. This commits make X1000, the most supported legacy GPU. Even Intel don't provide that much support for legacy GPUs.
              I doubt users left with such old cards are using them for any 3D intensive work. But it's nice that the feature can be used, no doubt about that.
              As far as legacy GPUs are concerned, the latest driver for nvidia FX5000 series was released just two months ago.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Drago View Post
                You would be surprised, that for many X1000 is just enough. This commits make X1000, the most supported legacy GPU. Even Intel don't provide that much support for legacy GPUs.
                Intel recently updated 815, I still use that and I am really thankful for this.

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                • #9
                  I have an X16?? and am very pleased with the large amount of support in the open source driver.
                  After this is integrated we can point at the driver and say that this is what can be achieved in open source.
                  Well written software open for everyone to fix and improve things until it's usable and everyone is pleased.
                  Not forced into some model of some company. If the company does not want to do the work that's okay because the company does not have to.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by plonoma View Post
                    I have an X16?? and am very pleased with the large amount of support in the open source driver.
                    After this is integrated we can point at the driver and say that this is what can be achieved in open source.
                    Well written software open for everyone to fix and improve things until it's usable and everyone is pleased.
                    Not forced into some model of some company. If the company does not want to do the work that's okay because the company does not have to.
                    So you enjoy buying hardware and then settle for zero support from the manufacturer, hoping some guys with a hobby will eventually enable you to use it? That could be an option, but in this case AMD should be charging a lot less for their cards if support is not included.

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                    • #11
                      So you enjoy buying hardware and then settle for zero support from the manufacturer, ...
                      No, not at all. I was not very knowledgeable about graphic cards at the time of that purchase.
                      The bad support from the official business channels left a bad taste.
                      It seems like corporations just don't know how to do software right.

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                      • #12
                        As always it comes down to resources. AMD provides full support at launch time on Linux via the proprietary driver. This is possible, considering the relative sizes of the Windows and Linux desktop market share, due to code sharing. In open source we strive for basic Linux support close to launch time as well as providing information and advice to enable further development in the open source community. Adding new features to 7 year old hardware or tiny fringe OSes, doesn't really bring in new revenue, however, the information we release and the open source driver source can be used by interested developers on smaller platforms to add or augment support.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by agd5f View Post
                          As always it comes down to resources. AMD provides full support at launch time on Linux via the proprietary driver. This is possible, considering the relative sizes of the Windows and Linux desktop market share, due to code sharing. In open source we strive for basic Linux support close to launch time as well as providing information and advice to enable further development in the open source community. Adding new features to 7 year old hardware or tiny fringe OSes, doesn't really bring in new revenue, however, the information we release and the open source driver source can be used by interested developers on smaller platforms to add or augment support.
                          Maybe so, but buying nvidia means you get support till your card physically breaks down, whereas going AMD means you're at the mercy of people doing volunteer work. Which would you choose?
                          Also, I think you meant "AMD provides full support at launch time on Linux via the proprietary driver as long as you're not using the latest X server"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bug77 View Post
                            Maybe so, but buying nvidia means you get support till your card physically breaks down, whereas going AMD means you're at the mercy of people doing volunteer work. Which would you choose?
                            Nvidia doesn't provide open source support for any non-tegra asics and they do eventually drop binary support for newer distros.

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                            • #15
                              Word of mouth makes a difference

                              AFAIK, at least about ten of my friend at my advice go to intel or nvidia. And always until amd does your job. You guess, i have a hd 4870. Bad image around me. For three years, whenever playing hd video eats up my cpu, it will strengthen my conviction. why drop support when basic hd video playback does't work well and throw almost anything to community. Amd never believe repeat customers.

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