ATI v8.19.10 Linux Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 11 November 2005. Page 5 of 5. Add A Comment

Although the ATI v8.18.8 to v8.19.10 improvements aren't as substantial when compared to NVIDIA's targeted 1.0-7676 to 1.0-8XXX improvements, this latest release offers great benefits for those who have been concerned about running an ATI Linux setup to handle all of your gaming needs. Although the v8.19.10 were not accompanied by any frame-rate improvements, they bring fourth initial support for suspend and resume on supported Linux kernels as well as supporting FBO (Frame Buffer Objects) on fbl_glxgears. Finally, this release implements initial support for ATI PowerPlay. Although we have an entire article in the works devoted to this power management technology, it basically allows users to switch between power consumption modes for mainly mobile solutions to mainly save on battery life. Although in our testing for this article we have not found any direct frame-rate benefits from the v8.19.10 drivers and the RADEON X300, it certainly will dispel any myths of a frame-rate drop using ATI's latest drivers.

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