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    Kano
    Kanotix Developer

  • Kano
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    You can not reduce the res on a tft without making it look really bad. Maybe you need glasses

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  • discordian
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    I know multiple people running a 785G (the exact same chip as the 4290 btw, just running at lower clockrates), none of them share the sentiment of the reviewer.
    Firstly the resolution they run is 1280 x 1024, I guess it has to do with both the PC and the Monitor being totally unexplainable from the same market-segment (value).

    And then it totally suffices for light gaming, even rather modern gamers run (Avatar , Sims 3, etc), albeit some need lowered details or dropping resolution to 800x600. I was surprised myself how playable and decent looking those games where, its even better with games 2-3 years old.

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  • gbeauche
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    Originally posted by TheCycoONE View Post
    "If you're interested in video playback under Linux for an HTPC system, you're really best off buying a NVIDIA graphics card that supports VDPAU for the best Linux video experience possible using NVIDIA's binary drivers."

    Is that really necessary? I'm looking to build a budget low-power HTPC (combined client/server), but I'd rather not use proprietary drivers. Having seen your disappointing benchmark of the Core i3 integrated and now this I don't know what to buy.
    If you absolutely don't want proprietary drivers, your only solution is the Core i3. However, I wouldn't call that an HTPC either since the CPU + integrated GPU is 73W, thus requiring a noisy cooling system.

    The best candidate for a small HTPC is something like a Fit-PC2 with Atom Z5xx+US15W. However, if you are a normal end-user, you will get a hard time getting updates for the most current distribution. So, the second best solution is something based on Atom + NVIDIA ION.

    Another solution might be some Atom N4xx + a Broadcom Crystal HD video decoder. You can still have OSS drivers for the whole platform (modulo a firmware for the Crystal HD) but the GMA 3150 performance would probably not match your expectations.

    There is no competing solution with AMD HW yet. You will have to wait for Bobcat, which will be a very serious competitor, if decent drivers follow. Yes, I strongly believe in the HW, but I have great fears for the drivers...

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  • Jimbo
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    "The ATI Radeon HD 4290 when equipped with the Catalyst 10.4 Linux driver is a mildly disappointing experience. Even open-source games "

    Totally agree with other people comments, it is not fair to say HD4290 is a disappointing experience based on its opengl performance on games, it's a totally nonsense.

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  • blackshard
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    One of the most pointless reviews ever.

    q:"What are we talking about?"
    a:"An Integrated video card (and maybe a new and faster chipset with better SATA support...)"

    q:"What is its target?"
    a:"Office, HTPC, light and casual gaming, giggling with some light 3d apps (like google earth) maybe..."

    q:"So what we are going to test?"
    a:"Games!"

    q:"Games? Isn't it outside the target we just discussed? Maybe testing it's power usage, general performance and video acceleration is more suitable, isn't it?"
    a:"No way! Let's test games!"

    q:"Ok... I think we're going to test games at low resolutions, just to see if they are playable..."
    a:"No way, we'll test them at FullHD 1920x1080 resolution. That's the the purpose this video chip is made for, isn't it?"

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  • Lukian
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  • Lukian
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    "you're really best off buying a NVIDIA graphics card that supports VDPAU for the best Linux video experience possible using NVIDIA's binary drivers"

    Does the GT240 outperform the GT220 yet?

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  • Kano
    Kanotix Developer

  • Kano
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    When xvba/vaapi would work correctly then it would much more interesting than playing games in full hd with igp.

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  • monraaf
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    Originally posted by phoronix
    The ATI Radeon HD 4290 when equipped with the Catalyst 10.4 Linux driver is a mildly disappointing experience. Even open-source games like Nexuiz and barely Warsow could run well with the Radeon HD 4290 / 890GX at a high resolution.
    WTF The whole negative tone of this article doesn't make sense. Of course you shouldn't expect to run games at 1920x1080 with it. It's an IGP for crying out loud! We're talking about a low power and low cost chip, which gives you very good value for your money. I have the HD 3200 which is almost identical and I'm quite amazed by the power of it. And I don't share your negative opinion of it at all.

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  • BlueJayofEvil
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  • BlueJayofEvil
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    Originally posted by devius View Post
    Desktop effects run just fine with 785G's HD4200 using the open source drivers, so they will probably run just as fine on 890GX.
    Thank you!

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  • DanL
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  • DanL
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    Originally posted by devius View Post
    If you want to go the nvidia way there are still some geforce8200/8300 AM3 motherboards if you look around.
    Rather than buying old tech, I would rather buy an IGP-less mobo (890FX) and a GT220.

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