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  • IsSuE
    started a topic Buy a nVidia card now or wait for ATi

    Buy a nVidia card now or wait for ATi

    hi there!

    After seeing a nice improvement in current ATi drivers, I am thinking about buying an ATi card. What do you think: Should I wait for an 38xx series card, or should i go with an 8800gt?

    yours

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  • sid350
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    You call it 'no problems' ?
    I don't think so.
    There is no progress since 8.42, only fake promises, only new bugs.
    They promised AIGLX support three months ago - they implemented some "support", but it is still unusable.
    Only one hope - open source drivers. I even hope in 2010-2012 I will use my ATI card.

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  • Tarmael
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    If you want open drivers with 3d support get a card with older ati core, no r500/600. Then you could at least run compiz with it...
    I'm running Compiz now on my X1600 no problems (Except the general bugs)

    I'm also having graphics driver problems, yet compiz runs fine.

    http://phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?p=20518

    see?

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  • SlickMcRunfast
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    Wait for the OpenGL 3.0 spec!

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  • Kano
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    If you want open drivers with 3d support get a card with older ati core, no r500/600. Then you could at least run compiz with it...

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  • val-gaav
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    I would wait for ATI, just because open drivers do meter for me ...

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  • Kano
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    Well I wanted to get a 8800 GT, but now it is out of stock (or extremely overpriced). Maybe after Xmas it would be a better time to get one. It is a bit sad that only ATI cards are currently easy to get. But I would not expect highly improved fglrx drivers soon. radeonhd is good for low expectations but not for 3d. Usually ATI makes very small steps to fix some issues...

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  • yoshi314
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    Should I wait for an 38xx series card, or should i go with an 8800gt?
    you could wait (if you have the time). this way both cards will drop in prices and you'll find out whether there will be a proper driver for 38xx or not.

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  • puntarenas
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    AMD performacewise comes near to a 8800GT with its HD3870, but at the end NVidia has the higher performance (both Windows and Linux) and better image quality in games with their outstanding Anisotropic Filtering. Unfortunately there were no comments about image quality in recent Phronix reviews, but I doubt there are differences between Linux and Windows so NVidia wins here.

    AMD HD38XX cards on the other hand have Power Play and therefore power consumption in idle states is just a dream, NVidia sees no land here. Unfortunately power consumption also wasn't addressed in the Phronix review of HD38XX, but other reviews clearly show this.

    Coming to linux drivers everything seems to speak for AMD. The fglrx development distinctly improved since ATI is no more and the free RadeonHD driver has the chance to become a Linux users paradise with all those open specs and support from AMD.

    For me there is only one way to go. Sophisticated power saving hardware with a completely free and powerful driver to come - AMD HD38XX.

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  • Tarmael
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    Well I see point in waiting for ATi, I mean the new driver train is going full steam. I know a lot of people were really disappointed about the 7.11 (8.433) driver (I personally cannot comment, for although having it installed I haven't used it.) but people need to understand, maybe they were onto something big when release schedule came about so they had to cut their losses and release what they had.


    I think it's a good turn with the AMD/ATi business. I think they could really do something with it.

    Or flop if they aren't careful.

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