ATI Radeon HD 3400, 3600 Series
Phoronix: ATI Radeon HD 3400, 3600 Series
AMD has today announced the ATI Radeon HD 3400 and 3600 series graphics processors, which are the budget-minded siblings to the Radeon HD 3850 and 3870. The graphics cards currently now shipping in these series are the HD 3450, HD 3470, and HD 3650. When the Radeon HD 3850 and 3870 were introduced, there wasn't same-day Linux support but it had arrived both in open and closed-source forms relatively quickly, but is that the same story for these lower-end solutions? Will the DisplayPort interface on these graphics cards be supported under Linux? In this article, we have answers to these questions.
Good to see lower end ATI cards!
This is good news! I'm looking to build a new system and I wanted to go with ATI cards to help support their support of OpenSource drivers. I really don't want proprietary ones in my system if I can help it.
I'm currently running a Matrox G450 AGP and it's showing it's age. The lack of any OpenGL support is really starting to hurt me, esp in such programs as Stellarium.
But still, for me, the 2-d graphics is the key issue. I'm still on a CRT, so razor sharp text is key, that's why I got the Matrox in the first place. Yes, I'll upgrade to LCD at some point.
So when you do test these cards, I'd love to see 2-d display characteristics looked at, esp compared (if possible) to the older classic cards which did a great job in this area.
Honestly, as a non-gamer and Linux user, I'd like to see less emphasis on gaming FPS numbers, and more on how well these cards handle more office oriented tasks. Though video editing in Kino or some other program should also be considered and tested, to see if there's any help.
Thanks for your work, I'll keep checking, can't wait for a review! The price points just look too good.