Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Best Card for Open Source?

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    10

    Default Best Card for Open Source?

    I would like to keep my system running exclusively free software except for the Windows games that I run in Wine. I currently own a Radeon 7970, and it's a great card, but the open source support is terrible. The thing only gets about 1300fps in glxgears. I'm guessing that Nvidia support through Nouveau is better, but I really don't know. I'm pretty new to open source drivers. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    6,607

    Default

    Only very few games will run with oss drivers + wine (but not with your card). More run with a binary driver, most using nvidia binary. But compared to win most games which rely on direct 3d run very slow (opengl games run well). I would use dual boot if you are a gamer. btw. your card is so new that you can not use 3d with oss at all with your card, when you get some 3d effects it runs in software mode.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    10

    Default

    I've been gaming in Linux for a while now, and I never really have any problems(at least none that I can't resolve). I've always used the binary drivers, but I really would like to use OSS. I was asking here in the Nvidia section because I know that the 7970 has no 3d support, and probably won't until it's long outdated. I'm willing to sell it to buy a Kepler or Fermi card if it'll allow me to play any games that I may want to in Wine.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    6,607

    Default

    As long as you can play your games you dont need to sell your card. oss drivers lack much features needed by the games and the reclocking support for nouveau is even worse than for radeon. So you can forget gaming with advanced games.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Linuxland
    Posts
    4,993

    Default

    Yes, kepler/fermi + nouveau is worse than radeon + last gen (6970 etc).

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    10

    Default

    Okay, I'm a bit confused. So, AMD > Nvidia in terms of support, but neither can really play games? I'm not looking for anything spectacular, I'd just like to play stuff like Skyrim, WoW, SCII, or any of the Steam games coming to Linux. Tear-free video playback would be nice too. So is that not a possibility with OSS?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •