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    Default A Detailed Look At The ATI Linux Power Management

    Phoronix: A Detailed Look At The ATI Linux Power Management

    Last week we reported that the open-source ATI Linux driver had picked up improved power management in the form of dynamic power management and power management profiles that can be defined by the end-user. With the ATI Linux power management finally coming to fruition within the Linux kernel for its kernel mode-setting / DRM driver, we have decided to take a close look at how this power management support is working in the real world.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=14913

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    Interesting, but the video card is a bit old.

    It would be nice to see the advancements with latest R600/R700 chips, expecially compared to fglrx.

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    congrats, but you have missed the most important part: how long the battery lasts with those configurations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackshard View Post
    Interesting, but the video card is a bit old.

    It would be nice to see the advancements with latest R600/R700 chips, expecially compared to fglrx.
    No access to R600/700 laptops

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    Nice article, Michael!

    I'd like to see some comparison with an old distribution with fglrx working. (->dynamic voltage comparison)

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    Unfortunately, as the proprietary ATI Catalyst Linux driver dropped support for the R500 ASICs -- thus the Mobility Radeon X1400 included -- we are unable to see how the power performance of the open-source driver stack now compares to the Catalyst driver that fully implements PowerPlay and other energy savings techniques.
    Why not comparing the results with tests under 8.04 LTS or 8.10 with fglrx?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    No access to R600/700 laptops
    Then use an old fglrx that support R500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    No access to R600/700 laptops
    Why must it be a laptop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by droidhacker View Post
    Why must it be a laptop?
    Probably because only laptops have power saving capabilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSLW View Post
    Probably because only laptops have power saving capabilities.
    That's among the weirdest technical claims I've heard thus far.

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