Simple mistake here on the second page; idle power for the 4890 should be 60 watts not 160 watts if we go by the statistics on the slides on the first page.
Originally Posted by Phoronix on Page 2
The maximum board power consumption for the Radeon HD 4890 is 190 Watts while it should idle at around 160 Watts. The Radeon HD 4870 had a maximum power consumption of 160 Watts, but it idled at 90 Watts.
Anyways, great review on this just-released card! I was so shocked and happy to see my RSS feed show an article from you guys on the 4890 on the day of the official release. This was a very thorough guide and review. I find it very important because I am deeply considering purchasing an ATI Radeon 4890.
Is there anything we can do to help out without spending much cash on our side?
Tell NVIDIA and their different AIB partners (eVGA, ASUS, MSI, BFG Tech, et al) that you are a customer that uses Linux and would appreciate Linux benchmarks and more information on their products, through channels like Phoronix.com.
Basically fglrx is a joke, but R600+ has got no 3d support in mesa at all currently, not even enough for compiz. You can at least watch videos with xv on Nvidia and when you disable composite (maybe a bit stupid restriction) then you get vdpau h264 video accelleration too (tearfree without composite).