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I plan on upgrading my computer this summer and before I look at components I am wondering what the ATI drivers are like as I know they haven't been great in the past.

Currently I have no problems with the nVidia ones, and they support my multiple monitor set up perfectly. If I am going to have to put too much time playing with the ATI drivers then it's not worth it.

@ mods just delete the other thread, apparently Windows users can't post in the right forum
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Maybe just PEBKAC but Ubuntu hated my 6950 a month or two ago when I tried to adopt Linux for a full time OS.
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Running two 6870s works perfectly but I don't game on Linux. I have cf off since i dont game but it appears to work fine with it on. 11.4 is the first that would down clock properly and the first Linux amd driver that worked well enough for me to put a dedicated Linux install on my sig rig.

I still plan on getting a single gtx580 card as it is easier to manage in Linux and I've been a bit disappointed with the 6870s even in windows.
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I'll just quote myself from the other thread:

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On Linux, ATI drivers can sometimes be a bit slower to get released, and they are sometimes a bit buggier, but for the most part, they work.

NVIDIA drivers are still better in Linux though.
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FGLRX will work fine for hardware that wasn't just released, and on distros that aren't very bleeding edge. Don't expect it to work fine for very new hardware, or legacy hardware.
Take a look at Melcar's lookout thread for the FGLRX driver.
http://www.overclock.net/linux-unix/...ut-thread.html

I personally stick to nvidia for their working drivers. It sucks, because AMD is working with the open source community with sort of par drivers, while nvidia doesn't, with working drivers. But nouveau still works if you want open source.
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Wait AMD is working with the community? That's news to me. I thought they said they weren't going to try anything because of how they had their DRM protections laid out.
     
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Wait AMD is working with the community? That's news to me. I thought they said they weren't going to try anything because of how they had their DRM protections laid out.

You are probably thinking of their UVD blocks. They cannot open those.
They are actively providing specs. for their hardware and even have a few guys working on the radeon driver. While it used to take years to get good open source support for their cards, nowadays it takes just a few months (r5xx took years, r6xx took about a year or so, Evergreen took a few months, N. Islands even less). Sure, the support is not 100% (especially the 3D part, as it takes a lot of work and some OGL extensions have massive legal restrictions), but the important thing is that you get a working card sufficient for desktop use.
Edited by Melcar - 5/5/11 at 2:48pm
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The run great Just no overdrive. But who needs that on linux.
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The run great Just no overdrive. But who needs that on linux.
aticonfig has commands that can change clock speeds take a look at aticonfig --help. There is also a gui app for it forget the name something like amdoverdrivectrl.
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You are probably thinking of their UVD blocks. They cannot open those.
They are actively providing specs. for their hardware and even have a few guys working on the radeon driver. While it used to take years to get good open source support for their cards, nowadays it takes just a few months (r5xx took years, r6xx took about a year or so, Evergreen took a few months, N. Islands even less). Sure, the support is not 100% (especially the 3D part, as it takes a lot of work and some OGL extensions have massive legal restrictions), but the important thing is that you get a working card sufficient for desktop use.
Yeah, the UVD blocks (couldn't remember the name) and the other legal issues were what I was thinking about but doesn't that mean there still isn't HD playback available (stable) with Fusion and the HD5/6 series? I could understand getting the crude Mesa or whatever it's called working for 2D and basic tasks but I really think AMD is missing a huge chance to over take Nvidia with Fusion if 3D/HD isn't stable or up to par. And that makes me sad.
     
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