Yes, but there is one thing that stands out. While the Windows driver recieved an update for it to work on Windows 8 you don't see them do the same to support newer kernels or newer X servers.
The drop for older hardware can be a problem for some people. My laptop has a HD 4250 that's intergrated and a HD 5470 that's discrete. So can I install the Catalyst 14.3 beta? Nope, at least according to the drivers. I imagine it wouldn't be any different in Windows either. So for now I use open source drivers, cause they actually work.
That HD 4250 chipset was used for sometime. There are people with discrete HD 6000 and 7000 cards that use a intergrated HD 4000 for low power savings.
It's actually two drivers combined: onboard GPU will use legacy drivers and other will use most recent mobile Catalyst.
As long as I know those custom drivers works great for games and any other activity.
No idea if something like that possible on Linux with blob.
Actually AMD legacy drivers on Windows have those awesome options:
- Lot of small not fixed glitches especially on Vista.
- GPU lockup on HD3XXX in some applications.
- Built-in drivers of Windows 8/8.1 have no OpenGL support.
Those can't be replaced automatically with installer.
- Installer bugged like hell and usually can't replace old drivers properly.
- No official support for hybrids with HD4250 as noticed above.
Might be open source drivers lack of performance and some features, but in terms of stability they're better that Windows legacy driver. :rolleyes:
I hope more performance stuff will come to the r600 in the future.
But with catalyst legacy on windows 8, I have more performance than on linux, and no glitches, like gpu lockups under ubuntu, slow performance with xv, and can't play the majority of steam games on linux.