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OpenSource drivers better than fglrx?

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wolfyrion Thursday 30 May 2013 at 14:20
wolfyrionAnonymous

I am having a HIS ATI 5970x2 and at the moment I am using the xserver-xorg-video-ati version 1:7.1.99+git20130315.3e5350be drivers and are working fine for the native linux games(team fortress 2) for example and also on Playonlinux the games are playable.( I can get up to 60fps on World of Tanks with low settings and a descent gameplay on diablo III , resolution 1650x1080).

I have tried to install the official ATI Drivers but the performance is not as good as the xorg drivers and on playonlinux it recognize my card as a sucky card and most of the games are not working at all.

I have tried to install also all the fglrx drivers even the fglrx-updates and also the new fglrx-13 but the same result, sucky performance. I am wondering what is going on.........
Lots of people said that the fglrx drivers are better but in my case and according to my tests are not....

I am using linuxmint Olivia 15 RC cinnamon  and with the ATI Drivers and FGLRX the cinnamon interface is crushing but with the xorg drivers everything is working fine...

Anyone can shed some light on this ? oO?

booman Saturday 1 June 2013 at 19:08
booman

I'm glad that I have stayed away from ATI cards because of the drivers. I rarely ever hear that xorg drivers are better, but maybe opensource is doing more development than ATI is... sadly.

Have you done any research on this?
I have never tried the basic nuveau drivers with games because Nvidia does an excellent job with their proprietary drivers.

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petch Saturday 1 June 2013 at 19:43
petch
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I have a PC with an ATI card that's no longer officially supported (mind you, the PC is already 3 years old!)
Backported official driver is not very stable. The open source driver is ok for "desktop" usage (if you don't mind the extra CPU used), but few games work and it's not very good at displaying DVDs either (slow, lot of tearing).
I'm glad I didn't pay for it.
booman Monday 3 June 2013 at 15:30
booman

Yeah, that seems typical of video cards these days...
With the open source driver, you can play facebook games and do your office work.
But if you are a hard-core gamer like me, it might be time to invest in an Nvidia card.

There are some decent card for $100.00
They will play almost anything you throw at it... for now

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LMAO Monday 8 July 2013 at 14:27
LMAOAnonymous

I think you did not install the driver correctly, fglrx blows away the free driver.
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=amd_gallium3d_hd8670d&num=2

Debian testing Fglrx 13.4 my system
the 13.6 beta is way faster, but 13.4 is in the Debian Repo

installing from the AMD driver:

./version.run --force
aticonfig --initial -f
reboot

stop spreading BS and old crap

Edited by LMAO

LMAO Monday 8 July 2013 at 14:47
LMAOAnonymous

I have a PC with an ATI card that's no longer officially supported (mind you, the PC is already 3 years old!)
Backported official driver is not very stable. The open source driver is ok for "desktop" usage (if you don't mind the extra CPU used), but few games work and it's not very good at displaying DVDs either (slow, lot of tearing).
I'm glad I didn't pay for it.

Quote from petch


I think as a DEV you would let him know he must have did something wrong, or do you get a check from Nvidia for those comments? I have used both Brands over the years and had issues with both. On Linux and Windows.

13.1 is on the AMD site and works perfectly on an old 4850 ,I have here on Debian Linux.
petch Monday 8 July 2013 at 19:32
petch
Developer

That's my experience with an HD 3450.
Since my wording was a bit ambiguous, I'm glad not to have paid anything for the card, I didn't mean to imply anything about the open source driver.

Edited by petch

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