I plan to buy a AMD Trinity powered notebook soon - and to use Catalyst for the first 2 years until the open-source radeon driver matures a bit for this chipset.
What I am concerened about is, how well does Catalyst accelerate 2D operations now? I've tested Catalyst on a HD3850 about 2 years ago, and it fell back to software for almost everything - a real poor 2D driver. However, according to some rumors then, a new 2D acceleration architecture for Catalyst was developed ... so that should be included by now, right? (I remember there were some articles on phoronix about a switch to enable it).
Using an intel notebook for the past 5 years, I have been lately been very impressed by the intel driver's 2D performance with their SNA acceleration architecture - the radeon driver is quite lame using EXA (which likes to copy data between VRAM and RAM like mad), but I don't want to go back to a pure software-only 2D driver.
Thank you in advance, Clemens
PS: Please no AMD vs Intel, or Catalyst vs Nvidia flamewars.