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    Default AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series Graphics Cards On Linux?

    Phoronix: AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series Graphics Cards On Linux?

    This evening AMD has officially launched their Radeon HD 6800 series, which currently includes the Radeon HD 6850 and Radeon HD 6870 graphics cards. These are just two of several next-generation graphics cards to be launched over the coming weeks and months for consumers while next year the FirePro derivatives for professional/workstation customers should come around too based upon this architecture. How though does the AMD Radeon HD 6000 series play with Linux?..

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

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    Another awesome paper launch! C'mon Dirk, quit insulting our intelligence...

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    I have a 6870 installed in my machine right now. I've been busy with other projects though, so I haven't had a chance to figure out Linux support. However, from this article it would appear that the current binary blob handles it just fine.

    I'll let you know how it goes.

    I have been very impressed with the performance of this card in Windows. I was using a GTX 460 before, and this is at least as powerful but barely audible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokeyrhyme View Post
    I have a 6870 installed in my machine right now. I've been busy with other projects though, so I haven't had a chance to figure out Linux support. However, from this article it would appear that the current binary blob handles it just fine.

    I'll let you know how it goes.

    I have been very impressed with the performance of this card in Windows. I was using a GTX 460 before, and this is at least as powerful but barely audible.
    LOL I have a 6970 installed on my machine...

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    Hi yall,

    and especially hello, to those "managers" @ ATI/AMD, who starve the bejesus out of the devs doing the code work for FGLRX. Yep, I'm talking about the issue of crap video playback. Guys, it has only been eight years since you supported Linux and still we wait.

    Fail.

    Corporate astro-turfing is nice, but it does not speed up my video play back....

    "But we are working on it!" Yeah, heard it before. Vapordrivers. When real world users tell me it works, then you will have my interest.

    GTX 470 here I come, when the price drops hereabouts.

    GreekGeek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanL View Post
    Another awesome paper launch! C'mon Dirk, quit insulting our intelligence...
    <((((((<(

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    @bridgman, if you're listening:

    I see that AMD has released a new version of UVD (3). Can you tell us if there's been any changes made to make OSS support more likely? Like a hardware redesign that makes it more secure and would allow specs to be released. Or will it be just like the previous versions?

    Also, reviews are saying that the card is a very incremental jump from the evergreen architecture. Can you confirm that the drivers will be fairly easily built on top of existing evergreen support? Or if there is some substantial changes like EG had? Any chance of getting some basic 3D desktop functionality by the March/April timeframe, or is it too soon to know anything like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smitty3268 View Post
    @bridgman, if you're listening:

    I see that AMD has released a new version of UVD (3). Can you tell us if there's been any changes made to make OSS support more likely? Like a hardware redesign that makes it more secure and would allow specs to be released. Or will it be just like the previous versions?
    Quick answer is that I am not sure. At minimum it should have the helpful changes that came with UVD 2, but AFAIK it does not substantially change the risk picture.

    Quote Originally Posted by smitty3268 View Post
    Also, reviews are saying that the card is a very incremental jump from the evergreen architecture. Can you confirm that the drivers will be fairly easily built on top of existing evergreen support? Or if there is some substantial changes like EG had? Any chance of getting some basic 3D desktop functionality by the March/April timeframe, or is it too soon to know anything like that?
    We'll know more in another week or two. I was expecting the first Fusion parts to launch a bit earlier and the first Northern Island parts to launch a bit later, so I guess you could say we are in better shape for Ontario and worse shape for Barts than we would be in a perfect world. Initial feedback is that there are some non-trivial changes in the display portion, so stay tuned.

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    Hi, from what i can tell you, part of the "presskit" for HD 6800 launch is 116MB file AMD_Linux_Radeon_HD6800_Oct5_8.782RC2.run. I dont have time to make test under Linux, but this is first time ever, when i saw linux support directly from AMD beforce oficial launch. For me its a huge step towards :-)

    (i am editor of one czech IT servers, which gets HD6850 few days ago)

    PS: windows drivers 8.782 RC2 names itself "Catalyst 10.10"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgman View Post
    Quick answer is that I am not sure. At minimum it should have the helpful changes that came with UVD 2, but AFAIK it does not substantially change the risk picture.



    We'll know more in another week or two. I was expecting the first Fusion parts to launch a bit earlier and the first Northern Island parts to launch a bit later, so I guess you could say we are in better shape for Ontario and worse shape for Barts than we would be in a perfect world. Initial feedback is that there are some non-trivial changes in the display portion, so stay tuned.
    Sad, but i'm having high hopes for a special AMD surprise for the coming months:
    - More OpenGL gallium support (up till OpenGL 3.1?)
    - 6xxx support

    Why? Since that has been "said" on these forums a few months ago.
    I don't know if it was said by AMD devs or just people hoping for it, but somehow it doesn't seem as far fetched since AMD is also quitting classic mesa and putting more effort in gallium.

    I just patiently wait a few months (till the 67xx and 69xx cards are released).

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