In order to test a gfx card driver you can simply get a cheaper one from each company and compare yourself. I see no reason to buy a high end product first to just try differnt drivers. I am sure not 100% of the users will be fine with nvidia, most likely those who want to use lots of monitors with 1 or 2 cards. Some features for that use case are only enabled with Quadro cards with nvidia chipset which is not really nice. Cheap (best: passively cooled) cards do not really matter if you run em with binary or oss drivers for lots of use cases - well you will never be able to run very demanding demos/games with em. Those are really rare on Linux anyway, maybe Unigine Heaven/Oilrush will not run correctly on those cards. If you have got a few bucks left just try it if you never used cards from the "other" company - it would not hurt... Highend cards are a bit harder to justify to buy just for testing, therefore test cheaper ones first, problems with the drivers are often the same or at least very similar - maybe you get additional problems with powermanagement on oss drivers with high performance cards, but i would say you wont be using oss drivers for those cards for permanent use anyway - that would be more or less false spent money.
No announcement yet.
Which (high end) graphics card to buy?