Some time ago it felt clear to me that if you want proper graphics card performance on Linux, you have to go with AMD. Linus rather tended to agree that Nvidia isn't exactly very Linux-friendly.
However when Steam for Linux beta was released, there was quite a buzz about graphics card hardware vendors updating their Linux drivers, namely Nvidia and AMD, which were ought to bring better gaming performance.
My question is, how much of an effect did that have? Is "AMD Linux drivers > Nvidia" not longer true (if it was at all)?
Currently, I'm considering AMD's HD 7850, which seems to perform pretty well on Windows
for a price that isn't overly exaggerated, but I'm not really sure what to expect on Linux
Has anyone made (gaming?) experience with both AMD and Nvidia on Linux in the last couple of months?
Are there any other graphics cards in the same price range that work better on Linux than the one I've mentioned?
I'd appreciate some words on this.
To avoid pure fanboyism, please back up your statements (e.g. "I've experienced that ...").