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  • lovenemesis
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    R9 270X for Now

    If you really want a new AMD card with good open source driver, look no where than R9 270X.
    It holds the top 1 for Best performance per Watt in the past AMD benchmark.

    I had one and it works like a charm with Kernel 3.17 + Mesa 10.3.2 in Fedora 21.
    HDMI Audio, Deep color, VDPAU all work as expected.

    For gaming with Steam or Humble titles, just grab the S3TC extension from repo.

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  • peppercats
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    Wait for the new 300-series cards and see how the new drivers are IMO. I wouldn't buy a graphics card right now unless it was a maxwell, and you obviously don't want Nvidia.
    AMD mesa development has been moving at lightspeed for a while, features rapidly go from not done to perfected in a few weeks.

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  • mikus
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    I've been using amd cards for years, mostly because a lack of multi (read: many) monitor support. I had 2x2, but linux apps were always wonky when trying to run dual twin-view framebuffers. I went with amd with a 5970 6x head display driving 6x 24" dell 1920x1200's, and could only drive 2x3 framebuffers with it. Again, very wonky. It wasn't until much prodding of amd engineers did I find it was limited to a 8192x8192 framebuffer, but the 6xxx supported 16384x16384. Bought a 6970 with a 11520x1200 framebuffer with linux, it was a thing of beauty.

    What I always found was driver issues with amd pertaining to anything compositing against it would eventually drive it mad. Symptoms of a memory leak, eventual destabilization, and all sorts of nasty side effects. Eventually the system would freeze in a hard lock. I was using ubuntu, realized compiz was a very large part of the problem, and ubuntu worked great with compositing disabled and falling back to metacity windowing. I still run this way with upgrading eventually to a 7970 driving 6 displays.

    I went to mint (debian, lmde) with mate/marco compositing eventually as ubuntu came unglued in a few ugly ways, but found their driver had a nasty memory leak that would have x consume all of my 32gb of ram and whatever swap it could until dying ugly with oom. Upgrading the driver blob broke debian, so I reverted to ubuntu to find the memory leak with default driver, but upgrading from the blob to 14.9 has made it pretty darn rock solid. I'm using mate now on ubuntu 14.04 with compositing enabled, it works pretty solid so far, but compiz is still a basketcase at that huge resolution.

    I did read recently nvidia began supporting their "mosaic" mode, ala eyefinity, but only on their pro quadro (read: overpriced) cards. There seems to be some movement to enable bios hacks to "turn them into" quadro cards, but not sure if I could then run something like my 6x head monster under linux as I do with an amd card since circa 2010.

    Gaming? Sure, though I don't do anything too crazy. Steam games work mostly ok as long as I don't try to full-screen them, but windowed, I've run most of the valve games at 3-6 monitor resolutions windowed, usually with compositing disabled, but with mate/marco compositing, few gl things I do (minecraft, secondlife) work just fine even on all 6 at decent fps enough not to annoy me. Mostly a desktop workstation user, where 6 displays is awesome.

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  • plasmasnake
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    It looks like you aren't in a huge rush, so why not wait for a couple of months until the new AMD open-source driver is released, and then you can pick up an R9 285?

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  • d2kx
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    Originally posted by Modu View Post
    Recently, I replaced my 6870 with a R7 260X. Their performances are close to each other but R7 260X has less power consumption, DPM (6870 had issues with older kernels), VCE, potential Mantle support, GLAMOR, more active development of its driver and you can find it on the shelves easily.
    Haha, I did literally the same thing :P Now looking at the R9 285 because of being able to use AMDGPU when it drops and 4GB VRAM cards are avaible :P

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  • Modu
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    R7 260x

    Recently, I replaced my 6870 with a R7 260X. Their performances are close to each other but R7 260X has less power consumption, DPM (6870 had issues with older kernels), VCE, potential Mantle support, GLAMOR, more active development of its driver and you can find it on the shelves easily.

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  • vein
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    Just want to pitch in with my experience. I have had a radeon 7950 for 2-3 years now and I am running catalyst. I have a rock-solid desktop with sabayon and KDE. I haven't any crashed or had any problems at all with gaming or similar (run games like DOTA2, LFD2, Civ 5, Metro Last Light, and now latest Borderlands Presequal), so I warmly recommend this card for you.

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  • nanonyme
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    I wouldn't personally buy older than GCN at this point

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  • souenzzo
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    Look at this

    r600g with Evergreen or N.Islands looks nice
    But keep in mind: This feature matrix is for updates drivers. Ubuntu drivers still sucks. Obaif ppa MAYBE help. Fedora/ArchLinux will offer better(updated) drivers for you...

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  • dungeon
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    Originally posted by Kano View Post
    I would absolutely never buy an outdated gfx card. If you really want something from amd get the latest one, but selling the nvidia card before you tested it is stupid, bet try and send back in time
    Seconded.

    @OP

    As Kano says plus do not buy very new and very high class Radeons too if you plan to use opensource driver, somehow the best reasonable performers in radeon driver are cards/chips from middle-high class but from previous generation .

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