THIS is why when building my desktop this summer I went with an eVGA GTX670 FTW. No more ultracraptastic linux(and windows although not quite as awful as linux) drivers. Never AMD/ATI again, esp. with their dropping support left and right!
Originally Posted by Altix
Freaking nVidia drivers support back to what? GF2 FFS!
AMD/ATI are just allaround phail. They phail at CPU R&D(hence 3930k in desktop), and they phail as drivers. The only thing that seem to get kind of right is price for their CPUs(but they're forced into that by subpar design, hey how are those P4 clock speed jokes working for you guys now? (I had an AMD x2 back then as they still had a clue about R&D.) And their actual GPU design seems to be OK, but that's COMPLETELY foiled by the craptastic drivers.
i.e. when the MSI GT725 goes for it's scheduled replacement next summer, that shiny new notebook won't be sporting any AMD crap, unless by some miracle they actually pull a competitive CPU design out of their ---es. GPU's never going to happen again. Burned too many times by ATI and their driver delivery hasn't gotten appreciatively better over the last decade. (I abandoned them for years, before because of their crap software, then gave them a shot with the mobility 4850, but that just showed me how right it was to stick w/nVidia. I really don't give a rat's --- about OSS driver either as long as they're supplying enough to get their BLOBs running with newer kernels and X.org...)
As to the DIY stuff and linux: I might've bought that 18 years ago when you had to bootstrap everything, i.e. build gcc to selfhosting, re-compile kernel, build X11R6, etc.
But in the last 10y the fact of the matter is that I rarely bother to do any custom builds. The slight potential perf. gains just aren't worth the trouble
Last edited by cutterjohn; 07-21-2012 at 01:51 PM.
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