Congratulations to AMD for improvements where it does NOT count.
It is *irrelevant* how slow doom3 runs on the R300 family. Why? Because doom3 is unplayable on the R300 family anyway. What *is* infinitely more relevant is:
* suspend-to-ram with fglrx (which has been broken since 8.37).
* on-the-fly display switching (which has not been available at all with fglrx). AMD should be ashamed, when open source developers of radeon manage to support on-the-fly display switching without the specs; whereas AMD/ATI cannot make it work *AT ALL* (yes, I know that 8.28 mentioned display switching, but it does NOT work)
Much of AMD's focus is on the R500 and R600 series, as is our focus, but we've completed some benchmarks comparing the new and old fglrx drivers using an ATI Mobility Radeon X300 64MB and ATI Radeon X800XL 256MB graphics card.
Talk about wrong objectives...
For desktop users the speed improvement will surely be welcome. The laptop users could not care less. What they want is *reliability*, which, thus far, has been lacking. How many customers did ATI (and now AMD) lost to Intel because of that? Or, given a choice of graphics card swapping, I'd gladly exchange my X300 for Intel's X3100 out of my own pocket.
Perhaps the testing panel could include suspend-to-ram, suspend-to-disk and external display switching in the future testing procedures, before touting yet another (I fear just as broken) fglrx version as the greatest thing since sliced bread.