News ATI drivers

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Thu Sep 13 09:52:29 PDT 2007

On Thursday 13 September 2007, Gabor Gombas wrote:
>On Thu, Sep 13, 2007 at 11:52:57AM -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> Alan, I'm sorry to be wasting your time with this piddly-assed thread. 
>> The point I've made, and which no one will just ignore, was that I went
>> out and spent something like $90 US, to buy a card that could do such as
>> the more recent google earth, or if I was really in a mood to waste time,
>> play tux racer.  That ati card, running on the radeon driver, isn't
>> capable of doing google earth without major breakups in the imaging, and
>> tux racer's response to keyboard input is so slow as to be un-playable
>> when the video is taking so much cpu the keyboard is ignored for 1 to 3
>> seconds at a time.  I was getting <250 fps from glxgears with it, at 95%+
>> cpu, now with a Jaton GForce 6200-256 and nvidia drivers I get 1500 or so
>> with just a few % of cpu usage.
>/var/log/Xorg.0.log for the machine in my office:
>(--) Chipset ATI Radeon 9200SE 5964 (AGP) found
>glxgears reports around 900 fps with ~20% CPU. I've used Google Earth a
>couple of times and it worked without any problems. I don't do gaming so
>I have no idea about tuxracer performance. The only problem is it has no
>DVI output, but it still produces a very nice picture on a brand-new 20"
>Dell flat panel.

That's an order of magnitude better than I ever got from the card.  This one 
was a Visiontek, with a huge ATI logo on it.

Cheers, Gene
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