Now if that topic doesn't offer a perfect template for flaming and trolling.
I don't blame AMD for not having 1st day free drivers support since esp. the SI is a new architecture and needs more new code. Of course fglrx/Cat. devs will face similar problems. Still you should have working drivers before you bring something to the market. But then, it might also be a matter of card manufacturers if they change too many things then it's not just adding pci ids for all the boards.
But as long as a SI chip is not integral part of a complete system (say a mini ITX mainboard for example) then one could still just wait with buying a dedicated card until it is correctly supported.
In my case I bought a HD5xxx series instead of a HD6xxx one because the free driver support at that time was already better for the 5xxx. Adopting always the newest tech is something that most of us "have in their blood" but then one also has to live with the downsides.
I guess there is no enterprise in the whole tech business that makes a perfect start with a new product these days. You launch it under pressure and there is always some fallout coming later when it hits the real world. So maybe it is a good idea for the normal person to take 2nd newest generation when buying something new. (It's also often more affordable).
Regarding the test item: I dunno but maybe since AMD cut (had to cut?) some employment in the esp. marketing area , maybe that affected the system with test card distribution also?
my German Aunt Edith says:
Speaking of new tech: I want A68M on miniITX mainboards with E-350/450 naoww! *screams and rolls on the floor and hits it with fists like a small angry child*
Last edited by Adarion; 03-03-2012 at 02:13 AM.
Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!