Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Thu 13th Jan 2011 17:13 UTC, submitted by Michael
Linux "Now that the kernel mode-setting page-flipping for the ATI Radeon DRM kernel module has been merged into the Linux 2.6.38 kernel and the respective bits have been set in the xf86-video-ati DDX, we're in the process of running new open-source ATI graphics benchmarks under Linux. Our initial results (included in this article) show these latest improvements to cause some major performance boosts for the open-source ATI driver as it nears the level of performance of the proprietary Catalyst driver."
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Then you bought from the wrong company and that is NOT the fault of AMD/ATI. AMD just like Nvidia doesn't actually make cards they make reference specs and chips and then companies use those designs however they wish.

As a PC builder and repairman I've found the ATI cards to be just as stable and certainly more power efficient than Nvidia. Nvidia has an "all or nothing "approach with their cards which is why they are so power hungry whereas ATI uses a design where cells will be turned off and on as they are needed.

But if you were really having that much trouble you simply bought from the wrong company. I've found that especially in the low end cards one has to be careful as some (such as anything by PowerColor below the x5xx) tend to skimp on HSFs and use lower quality materials. of course one can find the same on the Nvidia side such as with BFG which is why they are no longer in business.

I would suggest Gigabyte cards as I have never had a problem with any card I've gotten from them, or PowerColor as long as one stays above the x5xx series such as the 4830. But if you bought from a bad vendor you can't blame ATI anymore than you can blame MSFT because you bought an eMachine and it fell apart.

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