I just bought an nvidia card
I just picked up a 9800 gtx after a few years with ati/fglrx. And I am soooo happy, I have to tell someone. I've wasted countless hours getting fglrx to work before ati stopped supporting my card. I got nvidia drivers running pretty fast even in my 32bit chroot. I'm so glad I ditched ati, finally I have real 3d acceleration in linux, and I can run games in wine. To anyone sick of ati, go buy an nvidia card, it's worth it.
I have the similar experience.
If you enable Compiz, do following settings:
Enable Sync to VBlank (VSync?)
Disable detect refresh rate
Manually fill in 2x refresh rate of your screen. If your LCD has 60 Hz refresh rate, fill in 120.
Now enjoy the tear free fluid silky smooth Compiz in action! Once you done this you will never look back.
Well, my laptop has ATI. For the last 3.5 years I have muddled in ATI Linux driver hell. Now my card isn't even supported. I recently install Ubuntu 9.04 and it open source driver works for what I need, but as a customer, ATI has lost me.
For my desktop I recently bought a NVIDIA card off newegg, I popped it in installed the latest driver and forgot about it. If just works as sold.
To be fair, I've heard that ATI drivers for Windows suck too.
I experienced something opposite. On my GF 6800 Far Cry looked just ugly. I tried few drivers. For some games I had to install 'this' driver version for other games 'this' etc. Nvidia drivers are crap on windows.
Originally Posted by homerhomer
New games require optimized drivers, thats true for all gfx cards.
Haha, same here. Purchased a 9400gt card today to put into my 780g-based htpc. Don't think I'll buy an AMD product anytime soon.
Yes but don't you think it would be worthier to wait one maybe two years for ATI open source drivers to improve? They will have beautiful drivers, maybe even better than NVIDIA and I think it's worth to torture yourself one maybe two years with open source/fglrx drivers. I really do think so and i think ATI does think the same.
Originally Posted by tsmithtree
There are two lemonade stands. First lemonade stand I go to tells me that they will add the lemonade mix in 2 years, until then I can drink their water.
Originally Posted by NSLW
The second lemonade stand serves me lemonade instantly with ice.
The only people that would wait two years are those already do very odd and questionable things that defy common sense in new and interesting ways.
Well buy now and use after two years In that case you can get a second hand card two years later too...