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  • nadro
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    I would buy new Tonga revision (3xx), but it still not clear for me if future Catalyst versions will use the new AMDGPU for Tonga based cards. I know that OSS drivers for Tonga use AMDGPU, but I don?t see any information about Tonga + proprietary drivers.

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  • dungeon
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    Originally posted by darkbasic View Post

    Source? Can someone from AMD confirm?
    They can't talk about unreleased product. But yes someone said catalyst will move later on once things are settled up. That might mean even 6xx

    According to wikipedia 3xx series are OEMs, Fiji will be R9 490/X One never knows with those unreleased products, they have a right and might change naming scheme entirely .

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  • darkbasic
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    Originally posted by AnonymousCoward View Post
    Well there was some report that catalyst will move to amdgpu kernel driver only with 4xx series cards. So even if 3xx will be rebranded it will still use old kernel driver
    Source? Can someone from AMD confirm?

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  • entropy
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    Originally posted by Kraut View Post
    Well that is simply not true. People seem to stuck in the time when ATI actually hat pretty terrible drivers. (People also seem to forget that NVidia hat some big drivers bugs, including damaged GPUs...)
    In the last few years I can not recall any problems with the windows drivers, except in new games. And this where always fixed with a simple driver update.
    I can also confirm that the Windows drivers (Direct3D) worked fantastic for my Radeon HD 4850 and now Radeon HD 7950.
    However, the shared OpenGL part seems to be lacking performance wise as well on Windows.
    It's just the Linux driver that's still far from what the hardware is capable to provide.

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  • Espionage724
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    Originally posted by larkey View Post
    Additionally the Windows drivers are still really bad it seems – and I'm still bound to fire it up once in a time.
    They were fine last I checked on 15.4, and even the Windows 10 TP driver wasn't too bad (a bit unstable with GTA V when I tried it, but not surprising; supposedly the driver itself is better with DX11 games overall though).

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  • xeekei
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    Originally posted by AnonymousCoward View Post

    Well there was some report that catalyst will move to amdgpu kernel driver only with 4xx series cards. So even if 3xx will be rebranded it will still use old kernel driver
    No, they've said all future GPUs will use the new driver, plus R9 285. Whether that means that rebrands of anything except Tonga is excluded I don't know. I do know that the R9 390X will be a new GPU though.

    I guess people will have to make sure before buying a card for the next gen.

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  • AnonymousCoward
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    Originally posted by Ancurio View Post

    How did you arrive at that conclusion? Catalyst will continue improving with both AMDGPU and their blob kernel driver for older cards.
    Well there was some report that catalyst will move to amdgpu kernel driver only with 4xx series cards. So even if 3xx will be rebranded it will still use old kernel driver

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  • Kraut
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    Originally posted by larkey View Post
    Additionally the Windows drivers are still really bad it seems – and I'm still bound to fire it up once in a time.
    Well that is simply not true. People seem to stuck in the time when ATI actually hat pretty terrible drivers. (People also seem to forget that NVidia hat some big drivers bugs, including damaged GPUs...)
    In the last few years I can not recall any problems with the windows drivers, except in new games. And this where always fixed with a simple driver update.

    The only negative thing I could find about the 280/290 series is the higher RMA quota.

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  • Pontostroy
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    I did a little comparison VCE 1 vs VCE 2. The results were similar
    http://www.gearsongallium.com/?p=2276

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  • Azpegath
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    Originally posted by larkey View Post
    I'm really not sure whether I should risk it and buy me an AMD GPU. This is a great move I'ld like to support but I can't be sure when it will be fully functional and what performance it gives. Ofcourse AMD GPU's still are quite warm when in use :/
    Additionally the Windows drivers are still really bad it seems ? and I'm still bound to fire it up once in a time.

    nVidia should not be supported but I think I still will go with them, hopefully the last time.
    Why not take the plunge and just do it? I bought my Hawaii (r290) more than a year ago and I'm happy with it. Sure, the drivers are lagging a bit, but at least they are FOSS! I can even play Civilization and other modern games without issues. This is a huge deal to me.
    I knew when I bought it that I would have to wait for proper support, etc, but now that it's there I'm happy I went with my ethical values instead of monetary value.

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