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    Default Open-Source AMD Radeon Graphics Had A Wonderful 2013

    Phoronix: Open-Source AMD Radeon Graphics Had A Wonderful 2013

    A few days ago I published the AMD Catalyst 2013 Year-In-Review that looked at all of AMD's binary Linux GPU driver releases of 2013. The state of Catalyst in 2013 was rather sad, especially compared to NVIDIA's very exciting year. Fortunately, on the open-source side, the AMD Gallium3D-based driver had a great year with many improvements made that are beginning to make the open-source driver sufficient for gaming with Radeon GPUs.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=19604

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    Thanks for including the 4890 card in your tests too!

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    Fantastic improvement! Impressed...

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    As (happy) user of 5730M is concurre.

    Have not used Catalyst in a long time.

    Last thing on the check list is OpenGL 3.3 support. But even if AMD wont do it by themselfs, they will make all the needed changes to common infrastructure for gallium 3D (if Nouveau wont do it first). From that it will be a lot easier to do it by community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by przemoli View Post
    Last thing on the check list is OpenGL 3.3 support. But even if AMD wont do it by themselfs, they will make all the needed changes to common infrastructure for gallium 3D (if Nouveau wont do it first). From that it will be a lot easier to do it by community.
    OpenGL 3.3 support is almost there, but geometry shaders required for OpenGL 3.2 compliance are still missing. Last time I checked there were work in progress by Vadim Girlin to implement geometry shaders for r600g.

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    I can definitely vouch for the improvement in the OSS drivers this year. I've been using a Radeon 5400 at work and I've been using an A6-3500 Llano, a HD6850, and now a 7850 at home.

    I've seen remarkable increases in performance, stability, capability, power usage, and rendering quality in the past year across all of the GPUs. I can't wait until LLVM 3.4 gets released, and all of the distro drivers for RadeonSI get recompiled against it.

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    Radeon Express 1250 OpenGL is still broken, texture transfer memory corruption is still here.
    Any developer willing to look at the issue via remote login (RDP, Teamviewer etc), please contact me! I can also place 50€ or a beer box of Weihenstephaner or Augustiner to fix it.

    Also, I don't quite understand why 6950 is very very similar to 4890? It should at least be three to four times faster...

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    Thank you all of you to make such a good progress this year(Marek, Alex, Michael, Christian, Tom and Vladim) Since I reinstalled my pc based on Fritsch' instruction everything works nicely. I do have a feeling now that I can do whatever I want to do work with Linux using AMD hardware.

    Thank you. Happy new year.

    Ps. Bridgeman: AMD employs very helpful guys who supports the community (very-very positive news to AMD) and other side AMD just creating so many problems(FGLRX). Where is this ending? Do they have longer term strategy? I do not mind if they give more information to the FOSS developers as if they have something in their hand as they make gold from it.

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    I'm just waiting for a little more maturity to the opencl support to make the big switch to FOSS drivers. maybe it could happen in 2014.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LN17 View Post
    Thank you all of you to make such a good progress this year(Marek, Alex, Michael, Christian, Tom and Vladim) Since I reinstalled my pc based on Fritsch' instruction everything works nicely. I do have a feeling now that I can do whatever I want to do work with Linux using AMD hardware.

    Thank you. Happy new year.

    Ps. Bridgeman: AMD employs very helpful guys who supports the community (very-very positive news to AMD) and other side AMD just creating so many problems(FGLRX). Where is this ending? Do they have longer term strategy? I do not mind if they give more information to the FOSS developers as if they have something in their hand as they make gold from it.
    They seem to be on a really good path. Fglrx now seems like a fallback of sorts. I really hope this is their near term strategy. It would be really positive if the AMD steamboxes come with open drivers. This would allow game devs to actually be able to look at the driver's code and better predict its behaviour or even provide commits to improve performance or correct bugs that affect their graphic engines. This may very well take us to the point where performance would be much better with the open drivers.

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