Considering a new GPU soon. How's the 7700 series on Linux?
Due to the commitment to the open source driver development I want to stick with AMD graphics. However, I do need to use the proprietary driver for the time being. I do some gaming, and the open source driver isn't quite good enough for me there yet. My experience with Catalyst on my 6450 hasn't been as good as it is on Windows (graphical issues sometimes, tearing, crappier performance compared to Windows, etc), but I'm still willing to give AMD another chance.
I'm looking at the new 7750 because of its low power requirements + decent performance. I'm not a heavy gamer, but I'd like to be able to play some recent games (Rage if it comes to Linux, for example) without lag. Graphics quality isn't a huge issue since I usually turn down the eye-candy in games anyway. It seems like the 7750 might be a good option for this. As a reference, if it can smoothly play Quake 4 at Ultra (or high) on 1920x1080 I will be happy. I can run Quake 4 on my 6450, but there's a noticeable amount of jitter and lag. Unsure if this is related to Fglrx or the low-end 6450.
So in a nutshell:
- Under $120 (USD)
- Low power requirements (under 500w)
- Runs Quake 4 without any lag at 1920x1080
- Reliable fglrx driver until I can use the open source driver.
- Small in size (I'm thinking the 6770 or 7770 may be a bit large)
Any insight is appreciated. I'm a bit curious about the new architecture, hence why I'm considering a Southern Islands GPU.
Reliable Fglrx driver is an oxymoron
I ran the Fglrx driver once, and that was all it ran. I've never seen anything quite like it in Linux. When I ran it it wasn't any better than what my on board video could do so I didn't work too hard to fix it. It was a lot easier to simply pop the board out and use my on board. Then I took that same ATI board and popped it into another system I have in order to troubleshoot that system. It has a broken graphics connector off the motherboard. The system ran with that ATI board in it until I tried running a latency test, then it locked up. Funny thing there is when I swapped that ATI board out for a Nvidia board it ran the test just fine.
Originally Posted by Newfie
I don't have a whole lot of experience with ATI hardware, but one thing I can say is it has all been bad. So I'm not going to let a little thing like Nvidia honoring their NDAs they've had to make with others stop me from using what works the best. If I wanted to settle I'd go run Windows, something you apparently already do. So I don't see why you're so hung up on open source.
I mean yeah it's great and all but sometimes we all have to be reasonable. I'm not going to cut off my own nose in order to spite my own face. Or run AMD when Nvidia's solutions are better for that matter. If you really want to support Linux then support the graphics company that has supported Linux the most, Nvidia. Their closed source binary driver works so well it is virtually a non-issue today. You're the first person I've seen bring it up negatively in years in fact.