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  • Should I return my AMD 7770 for an NVidia card?

    I bought a new 27" 2560x1440 monitor and needed something beefier than my integrated Radeon HD 4XXX.
    I went with a 7770 because it appeared on Tom's Hardware's best graphics card for the money December (its still there for January too).
    I was going to get the best one for under $100 but I saw this one for $125 and was supposed to be a lot better.

    It may be better on paper or under Windows, but I don't use my graphics card on paper or on Windows... I run Linux.

    I tried this 7770 under Ubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint 14.
    I tried both both the open source then the proprietary drivers under Unity, Cinnamon, and XFce.
    I installed all the vaapi stuff to get hardware accelerated video. I used a special mplayer from some ppa and the vlc seemed to be able to work with hardware if I just checked a button.
    In any case.... 1080P Bluray rips in mkv format (not transcoded, the entire 25-30Gb files) where very CPU intensive and had tearing under CPU rendering and glitches under hardware rendering.
    I have the same 1080P rips transcoded down to 2-3GB files at 720P for my phone and Nexus 7 in H.264 as mp4 files... those still had tearing under CPU and showed a lot of glitches with hardware rendering.

    When I get home today I will try their latest 13.1 catalyst drivers and if that doesn't solve all of my problems I think I'll go the NVidia route.

    Will I have more luck under NVidia than I will under AMD as far as tear-free 1080P video playback?

    Its pretty sad when my $300 phone and $200 tablet can handle HD Videos but my 6-core 3.2GHz desktop with a $125 graphics card and 8Gb RAM can't handle it.

  • Kano
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    Basically for nvidia cards the best choice is to use xbmc as video player as this works fullscreen and has vdpau support. With the fernetmenta branch it works with xvba support with fglrx as well (but with limited hdmi passthru support under Linux). If you want to watch movies in a window a supported amd card with oss drivers looks better (has vdpau support for some cards as well for mplayer now but not for xbmc). For kde i still have to disable composite effects, but thats a general problem (intel and nv too), newer nv cards with kepler seem to flicker even then, if the opengl backend (which is of course not accellerated) is not used.

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  • Panix
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    Originally posted by William625 View Post
    It always depends on the apps/games/distro you run if you can live with amd gfx cards or not.
    I dual boot. I have or usually have multiple operating systems installed. So, at any time, I'll have Windows 7, Debian, Ubuntu and I often try something like siduction and Kanotix in partitions. I might want to try Fedora 19 for kicks, too.

    It's still between a gtx 650 and radeon 7770 for me. I found this:

    http://videocardz.com/39009/amd-rade...x-acceleration

    This is very interesting if 2D and video playback works well with AMD cards. I like the idea of having the FOSS driver as a backup or maybe even the primary driver used. That's why I have delayed so long. I have a legacy Nvidia card or whatever you call it - it's not going to receive any more updates so I can't use newer Nvidia drivers.

    It cannot be a long card so I have had to overlook the Radeon 6850, for e.g., even though that's probably one of the better AMD cards right now - at least, according to that GPU Driver Performance thread?

    I am not a fanatic about needing FOSS but I must admit, not having to worry about the Nvidia driver update when you move to a new kernel etc. is intriguing. However, I haven't had to deal with the fglrx driver before and what if I'm not satified with the FOSS driver with AMD?

    Anyway, budget is still under $100 so those two cards (7770 vs gtx 650) are what I'll consider. I'm just waiting to see if anything looks like it will change. The only other idea I had would be to buy a cheap htpc card and test the AMD driver. Then I won't care much if it's a subpar experience.

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  • marco26
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    Make the change for NVIDIA you wont regret! A lot of games have issues with AMD I can tell you that brutal legends is one of them, serious sam 3 is another, overall nvidia is a better choice at this moment. I just changed teams and bought a GTX660 and in some benchmarks it beats the HD7950 which is a beast of a card in windows.

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  • William625
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    It always depends on the apps/games/distro you run if you can live with amd gfx cards or not.

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  • Gps4l
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    At the moment nvidia is the better choice. Until amd fixes their openGL drivers.

    I have a HD5750 with 1 gig ram, and every game runs better with Directx.

    I have to admit that Valve is doing a great job.

    HL2 runs really great on Linux.

    Serious sam 3 has issues, with the amd catalyst.

    LFD2 runs for now better on windows, but on the steam for Linux forums nvidia users are reporting it to run better on Linux..
    Last edited by Gps4l; 05-15-2013, 09:53 PM.

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  • Panix
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    I want a passive or inexpensive htpc (quiet but still fast) graphics card so is the AMD/ATI drivers still crap?

    Looks like it:
    http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...fglrx&p=330730

    So, maybe gt 610?

    I was recommended the Radeon HD 7750 (passive cards) but mostly Windows users suggested that one.

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  • Kano
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    I hope you dont have got an AMD cpu then. Intel iX maybe with AMD gpu but definitely no Phenom or slower.

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  • zero0w
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    I am thinking of getting a AMD 7790 now.
    In addition, AMD seems to have better OpenCL performance.... but the driver issue really gets me worried.

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  • daniloseo
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    Choose NVIDIA and you'll be satisfied

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