AMD Radeon HD 3200 / 780G
Phoronix: AMD Radeon HD 3200 / 780G
Last year AMD introduced the flagship 790 Chipset series as part of their Spider Platform for use with the Phenom processors and Radeon HD 3800 graphics. Until earlier this month when AMD introduced the 780 Series, missing was any chipset with integrated graphics capabilities supporting these first AMD quad-core processors. Now we have AMD's 780G and 780V Chipsets, which are designed to be the mainstream solutions to the 790FX, but they pack the best integrated graphics processor (IGP) ever created by the combined ATI/AMD engineering talent. Since its launch at the CeBIT trade show, the AMD 780G has received rave reviews for its vehement performance due to its graphics core that's derived from the AMD RV610. The benchmarks available on launch day were only for Microsoft Windows operating systems, but this morning we have the Radeon HD 3200 Linux results from the AMD 780G. Is this IGP a crown jewel on Linux?
I think the performance of this IGP is quite dissapointing. It's a bit like a car that can drive 300MPH, but always driven at bad weather which doesn't allow for speed over 10MPH. It would be nice if the chip would really be up to some serious gaming. It's nice it can play some 'older' games, but hey, my Intel 915 can play most older games too, so it's not really any better in that perspective. Also my intel 915 always performed fine with compiz (especially with the 2.0 and 2.1 X.org intel driver), so I don't see how this bit of extra speed is adding any value... I'd really like to see if having dedicated memory for the IGP makes a difference in speed, but I doubt it'll make the card any more useful.
I do hope this might start a race for better integrated graphics, but I honestly doubt it will.