ATi graphics cards

Ed Cogburn edcogburn at
Thu Jun 2 21:44:04 UTC 2005

Daniel Stone wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 01, 2005 at 03:43:17PM -0700, Kreg Schlosser wrote:
>> As for ATI, they are NO LONGER giving out spec for there video cards.
>> They stopped with the 8000 series of cards. So anything after the
>> 9200, needs drivers made by ATI, which are not very good.
>> if I am going to purchase a video card I want full 3d accelleration.
>> Only Nvidia offers that right now.
> Wrong.  See my table that I posted.

Wait a sec, how exactly is he wrong?  You say yourself just below your table
the same thing he does, except you refer to the last ATI card with an open
3D driver as the "9250", whereas he refers to the "9200".

There are basically *no* open source 3D drivers for any modern graphics
cards (Open Graphics is still vaporware), which means you must rely on the
closed proprietary driver for hardware acceleration, and from what I've
seen so far, NVIDIA's support for their cards *running under Linux* has
been better than ATI's efforts.  ATI's Windows drivers are supposedly much
better, so the problem so far has been a lack of optimization by ATI of its
Linux drivers.  NVIDIA uses a single unified driver for all its card
models, so that may be why they have an advantage right now in the Linux

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