I wonder what you mean by maxed out settings... I could choke my card with ME3 if I forced 8x supersampling, no problem. The thing is that there is no need to, it looks fine as it is. So once again, while it's true that there are people who are upgrading like that, but it's the enthusiast market.
Its a piece of cake to force a different dpi setting without kde 4.8. This is for kdm:
A similar setting is possible for any other dm. That works even before you login.Code:DPI=100 perl -pi -e "s|(ServerArgsLocal=-br -nolisten tcp).*|\1 -dpi $DPI|" /etc/kde4/kdm/kdmrc
As well as you really should go look at the reviews of the current GPU hardware out there on WINDOWS REVIEW SITES, where they actually test the hardware on the most demanding titles on the market, because I noted that in some reviews cards like the HD7970 and GTX680 which are somewhere around 4x the performance of your HD4890 can't break 60FPS on them at 1920x1080 even without Anti-Assailing.
Your card WAS high end, in 2009, 4 generations ago(HD5870, HD6870, HD6970, HD7970), now it's lower midrange for the Windows market as the 2009, the HD5770/HD6770/HD6790 are just as fast as the HD4870 and HD4890 as it was just a voltage tweaked and overclocked HD4870.
You really should expand your information beyond Phoronix, Larabels "tests" prove nothing about what current GPU hardware can do.
The announcement I read states that 12.7 will probably be the last mainline catalyst release supporting these chipsets, and support of these chipsets will move to a new branch. And there will be at least bugfix releases for that branch.
If That includes bumping the supported kernel and xserver is beyond my knowled
If I was running a desktop GPU it's no biggie... But you saying I've got to buy a whole new notebook now? I wouldn't mind so much if AMD at least sorted out the FOSS kernel driver power management issues...
I can't get video acceleration to work period (with either FOSS or proprietary driver)... So that (UVD) is not such a big issue
This is the current situation on my laptop (HP 615, AMD 780GM/HD3200, Slackware -current):
Support with fglrx is fine, even if I had to patch the 12.3 to run with my kernel.
When I switch to the radeon drivers I have sloppy 2D (even fast scrolling in a browser will stutter), high CPU usage and 15°C higher CPU temperatures.
I don't care about performance, this laptop is not meant for gaming. But if they don't fix the power consumption issues before dropping support in fglrx my laptop will basically become useless for mobile use. This laptop is a little older than two years and running fine for it's intended use. I don't want to replace it now.
Also, common I should change the distro to be supported for more than a few months? Running Ubuntu? If I want a buggy system I can change to MS. Going to CentOS or Debian? Running the same software for years, without getting the chance of new features or, in the case of Debian, even bugfixes? Nope.
When the support ends for my system and AMD has not fixed the power issues on systems like mine I will not recommend AMD anymore, and I regret buying a HD6870 a few months before if this will be the case. Can I expect that support for this card ends in 2014? Probably also without having real support from the OSS drivers?
Thanks, but no, AMD.