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I'm going to be building myself a gaming rig in the near future and want to dual-boot ubuntu along side windows. I'm going to be using a radeon 7970, and I've been told that this works tricky with linux. Is this true? I've been told that nvidia is better for linux and I should just get a cheap nvidia card for a display adapter for linux since I dont have integrated graphics. I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to linux redface.gif is this true?
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When it comes to graphics card drivers in Linux, there are two versions normally, an open source version and a proprietary version provided by the vendor.

Looks like you are in luck. As of about 1 week ago, there is official support for the device in the latest version of the catalyst driver: http://phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?65823-AMD-Radeon-HD-7970-On-Linux&p=248490#post248490

However, whether it works well is up for debate. Ubuntu might not have the driver in their repository, and that might mean you will have to install them yourself, and maybe install a newer version of X server if the one Ubuntu has isn't supported.

It will be tricky. Probably. It might not even work, but it is worth a shot.
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Awesome. thanks for the help biggrin.gif
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nVidia used to be one of the better cards to own in Linux, but these days things have reversed a little and AMD/ATI cards tend to have better support.

But as the above said, open source drivers are usually more than good enough.
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I'm assuming that you'll be doing most/all gaming on Windows, so you won't need the extra performance that the proprietary drivers will get you (those are usually the ones causing problems)... the free drivers for ATI cards are quite good as far as stability goes, the performance is still pretty poor but for light/gaming and watching videos (even HD) they will do just fine, I have an old HD4670 which handles HD video & desktop compositing beautifully without a hitch.
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I'm assuming that you'll be doing most/all gaming on Windows, so you won't need the extra performance that the proprietary drivers will get you (those are usually the ones causing problems)... the free drivers for ATI cards are quite good as far as stability goes, the performance is still pretty poor but for light/gaming and watching videos (even HD) they will do just fine, I have an old HD4670 which handles HD video & desktop compositing beautifully without a hitch.

I guess that counts as an edge for the AMD/ATI cards as without the Nvidia drivers I don't think there is any way to watch HD videos with Nvidia cards since there's no VDPAU support with Nvidia's drivers. Still can't figure out how Nvidia's drivers have slipped up though as the only time they've caused problems was when I screwed up installing the ones from nvidia's website.
     
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I guess that counts as an edge for the AMD/ATI cards as without the Nvidia drivers I don't think there is any way to watch HD videos with Nvidia cards since there's no VDPAU support with Nvidia's drivers. Still can't figure out how Nvidia's drivers have slipped up though as the only time they've caused problems was when I screwed up installing the ones from nvidia's website.

I've watched HD connected on both ATI and nvidia cards both running open source drivers. It really doesn't take much horsepower to do so these days.
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Originally Posted by Rothen View Post

When it comes to graphics card drivers in Linux, there are two versions normally, an open source version and a proprietary version provided by the vendor.

Looks like you are in luck. As of about 1 week ago, there is official support for the device in the latest version of the catalyst driver: http://phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?65823-AMD-Radeon-HD-7970-On-Linux&p=248490#post248490

However, whether it works well is up for debate. Ubuntu might not have the driver in their repository, and that might mean you will have to install them yourself, and maybe install a newer version of X server if the one Ubuntu has isn't supported.

It will be tricky. Probably. It might not even work, but it is worth a shot.

The official driver has had support for the 7970 since launch. The open source driver is having issues, so for now use the official AMD driver for 7xxx series cards. AMD is working hard on the open source one to get it working.

That forum post is from January 2012, so its 1 week + 1 year ago.
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