I didn't try 8.12 but a friend with a 48XX and I with my 3870 both tried gtkperf with the leaked 9.2 preview - and circles was fast for both of us.
Maybe the ATi developers should just contribute to the open source driver instead of their proprietary version.
That sounds almost like saying "Well you can have this driver and have good 2D performance, or have this driver and have good 3D performance". Doesn't sound ideal.
This is pretty much a one-time situation. It just so happened that EXA improvements were the most recent thing to show up in the released framework and the open driver can take advantage of them first.
Most of the upcoming framework improvements (memory management, Gallium etc..) will be complete non-issues since "all" they do is allow open drivers to get closer to closed drivers in terms of performance and features. I'm not trying to downplay them -- I think they are hugely important for the X community -- but the closed drivers have had similar capabilities for years.
Last edited by bridgman; 01-25-2009 at 04:58 PM.
they do already