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  • Espionage724
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    Originally posted by rikkinho View Post
    don't buy amd cards, great hardware, garbage drivers the normal thing
    I find that most people who complain about AMD's drivers usually have no idea what they're doing with their computer, and just blame what the bandwagon does.

    I've had little issue with AMD and their drivers on my computers. Meanwhile, some people will swear up and down AMD's drivers caused their GPU to explode or some bs whenever they touched the GPU with a screwdriver or intentionally overvolted/clocked it.

    I tend to take driver complaints on any hardware or platform from anyone with a grain of salt. Unless an issue can be explained on a technical level (like "graphics corruption on mouse pointer on Unity is due to the GLX extension ARB_Extention not being implemented correctly on radeonsi hardware"; note that's a random nonsense example), I'll assume the reporter is improperly placing blame somewhere, or just spreading FUD.

    As for a personal experience, the open-source graphics drivers work well on my desktop 7850 and 7660G laptop (has a 7670M dGPU but I don't use it atm). Months ago, Catalyst did have slightly (slightly being between 5-15 FPS) better OpenGL performance, but also comes with it's share of issues (like my laptop only having about a 50/50 chance at starting up properly).
    Last edited by Espionage724; 07-21-2014, 05:54 PM.

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  • teeedubb
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    Originally posted by blackshard View Post
    Maybe you miss something.

    Fact: both latest amd and nvidia cards work *now* with their blobs.
    Fact: amd cards will have fully open support in the future
    Fact: nvidia cards have reverse engineered support you won't know how and when.

    The rest is bul**hit
    No, but youre missing a few things:
    Fact: fglrx is garbage. eg xvba + steamos
    Fact: Again, you dont buy a top tier gpu in the hope that it will work well some day down the line...
    Fact: nvidia support their gpus for longer than amd and imho past the cards relevance

    And lets not forget the obvious here: these days the only reason to buy a dedicated gpu is for performance reasons - it isnt a necessity anymore. So why by one that is inferior to the other products on the market?

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  • brad0
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    Originally posted by rikkinho View Post
    don't buy amd cards, great hardware, garbage drivers the normal thing
    Don't buy NVIDIA, garbage everything.

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  • brad0
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    Originally posted by teeedubb View Post
    A card that works NOW, not maybe some time in the future.. Graphics cards aint like bottles of wine...
    Except it wouldn't work now.

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  • blackshard
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    Originally posted by teeedubb View Post
    A card that works NOW, not maybe some time in the future.. Graphics cards aint like bottles of wine...
    Maybe you miss something.

    Fact: both latest amd and nvidia cards work *now* with their blobs.
    Fact: amd cards will have fully open support in the future
    Fact: nvidia cards have reverse engineered support you won't know how and when.

    The rest is bul**hit

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  • rikkinho
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    nvidia

    don't buy amd cards, great hardware, garbage drivers the normal thing

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  • teeedubb
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    Originally posted by blackshard View Post
    So you get what? Another card that doesn't run on opensource stack and needs a closed blob...
    At least support for an amd card will come sooner or later; forget it about nvidia.
    A card that works NOW, not maybe some time in the future.. Graphics cards aint like bottles of wine...

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  • teeedubb
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    Originally posted by lowflyer View Post
    This doesn't help any one.
    Neither does doing a half arsed job **cough**AMD**cough**

    And comment like those do help - I'm sure you would like to know about cruddy products before buying them?

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  • blackshard
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    Originally posted by teeedubb View Post
    I've fixed up a line in the article:
    Then again, if you've just spent several hundred dollars on an AMD Radeon R9 290 series graphics card, chances are you'll want to get a refund and buy nvidia
    So you get what? Another card that doesn't run on opensource stack and needs a closed blob...
    At least support for an amd card will come sooner or later; forget it about nvidia.

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  • GT220
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    So much for the myth that releasing hardware documentation means open source drivers will appear out of nowhere. Did you think the drivers will write themselves?

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