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  • RealNC
    Too bad you can't buy something with Intel graphics on it for desktops, because those have the best open source drivers.

    Right now I'd say forget open source and buy the cheapest NVidia card you can get. When AMD's open drivers get to something that's actually usable, you can buy an AMD then.

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  • Melcar
    Maybe it's simply a cooling issue? Have you checked the fan on the card?
    The best bang for the buck card out now is the HD4850. The HD4770 is out of stock nearly everywhere and I even heard rumors of it being discontinued. The HD4830 is the best card you can get in the sub $100 range right now, but to be honest, I would stretch my dollar a bit more for the HD4850. There is no reason to go for the HD3870 since even the HD4830 is faster and both series of cards have similar driver support in Linux. Memory wise, 512MB is good for most things, but I would consider 1GB if running games at a res. bigger than 1680x1050.
    As for driver support, I honestly wouldn't expect anything from the open source front until at least year's end. The HD4K series has good 2D and video playback support with both open drivers, but 3D is still a ways off. If you want the most out of your new card you're going to have to stick with fglrx for the time being.
    Last edited by Melcar; 01 June 2009, 09:26 PM.

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  • duby229
    started a topic Best bang for buck with open source drivers.

    Best bang for buck with open source drivers.

    Hey guys, I currently have an x1950pro that has been locking up within 5 minutes of gameplay. It happens in both Windows and Linux, so I think it is a physical hardware problem.

    I need to know what the best "bang for buck" card is available right now that either 1: currently has open source drivers, or 2: will very freakin soon have open source drivers.

    I was looking at one of these cards here...

    ASUS Radeon HD 4770 EAH4770/HTDI/512MD5 Video Card - Retail (EDIT: This card just went out of stock while I was writing this post.)
    HIS Hightech Radeon HD 4850 H485FN512P Video Card - Retail
    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4830 100265HDMI Video Card - Retail

    EDIT: OR

    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 3870 100225L Video Card - Retail

    From benches that I've seen the 4850 should be just a little bit faster than the 4770. What do you guys think? Is there anything else I should be looking at instead? The idea is to stay as close to 100 bucks as possible. Is there anything out there at this price range that also includes some memory cooling? Also I've looked into what exactly the difference between 512MB, and 1GB does for these cards and the truth is not much. Within 3% on some benches while most are essentially tied. So no need to worry about memory amount, I'm sure the benches speak for themselves.

    Also what is the benefit of going with a 4000 series? Would a 3000 serires at a better price be a better idea?
    Last edited by duby229; 01 June 2009, 08:47 PM.