Radeon HD 3870 open source driver support?
madman2003 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 2 04:13:16 PDT 2008
On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 12:47 PM, Thomas Ilnseher <illth at gmx.de> wrote:
> Am Dienstag, den 01.04.2008, 14:16 +0200 schrieb Nicolas Mailhot:
> > Le Mar 1 avril 2008 01:22, Dennis Jacobfeuerborn a écrit :
> > > Hi,
> > > what is the current state of support for the Radeon HD 3870 cards? I
> > > intend
> > > to buy a new card soon and I'm aiming for either a 3870 or an NVidia
> > > 9600GT.
> > I had the same dilemma last WE.
> > Went for a 9600GT because no vendor I trusted had the 3870 (ie there
> > was an inverse correlation between the level of trust I had in
> > computer part shops and the probability of them having a 3870 instead
> > of a 9600GT.
> > I can tell you nv is a pig right now with the 9600GT. Slow as hell
> > (massive software rendering) *and* making the hardware red hot (15 min
> > of simple 2D in Linux raises the GPU temp more than a few hours of
> > heavy 3D in windows. Which shows up on my system since the card shuts
> > the system down when it reaches an unsafe temperature level).
> I got an 8800GT, and I'm glad with it. Temps are ok, like 45°C after a
> few hours of gaming, in 2D the temps are around 38°C.
> I have applied a waterblock on the gpu, and use a passive 240x120mm
> radiator to dissipate the power of CPU+GPU. Rams and voltage converters
> are passive cooled.
> When I got the card, I tested it with the "stock" cooler, and temps were
> even LOWER! ("stock" cooler means accelero S1 + Turbo module).
> So Even if you don't intend to do watercooling, I'd recommend getting
> this card (ECS 8800GT). The drawback is that the "stock" cooler is
> pretty large (higher than normal, and uses 3 slots in total [yes it's 3!
> not 2]).
> when I disable lighting, I can get >200fps in nexuiz, at 1920x1200, so I
> cant't see any slowness.
The person was referring to the open source nv driver. You are
referring to a closed source driver. That's the difference.
> > Thus I don't know if the 3870 is a good choice, but the 9600 GT is
> > nothing I'd advise on Linux right now.
> > --
> > Nicolas Mailhot
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