OVER9K Feb 4, 2013 @ 5:51pm
Question about GPU
Hello, I want to buy a new GPU and would like to know the experiences of you guys. For now, I intend to buy ATI Radeon HD 6850. Thank you.
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Fred Feb 4, 2013 @ 5:56pm 
NVIDIA seems to be the preferred choice for the GNU/Linux platform it seems. I currently own a AMD Radeon HD5850, but my next purchase will be NVIDIA, after a decade of AMD (/ ATI).
OCaptainMyCaptain Feb 4, 2013 @ 5:58pm 
That GPU is supported by AMD under the Catalyst driver set, just search AMD's site. As far as performance goes, I don't know - I own an nVidia card (which works perfectly) and an older Intel card which is shotty.
Artemis3 Feb 4, 2013 @ 6:19pm 
Avoid AMD/ATI like the plague.
NA Feb 4, 2013 @ 6:39pm 
Originally posted by Artemis3:
Avoid AMD/ATI like the plague.

Although nVidia seems to currently be hustling to provide better Linux driver support, it follows that AMD will have to match this in some way to remain competitive. Valve said themselves that they intend to work with both nVidia and AMD to advance Linux support. So, although drivers have seemed the weakest link for Linux gaming in recent years, with Valve, nVidia and Canonical now cooperating, I can't see AMD remaining as negligent on their Linux driver support as they have been (it would seem stupid if they did). It may take a little time, but I think AMD will get on the same page. However, I am currently using an nVidia GT 240 along with their new beta drivers, and their performance on Steam games is thumbs up.
-FwG- ^ Bucky21659 Feb 4, 2013 @ 6:40pm 
Go for NVidia.
Ignore the fact that Linus flipped them off.
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s.plisskin [Archlinux] Feb 4, 2013 @ 7:09pm 
Go Nvidia. The drivers are better hands down. Maybe some day AMD will develop better drivers for linux but that day is maybe several years in the future if at all.
[dirrty]gsharp Feb 4, 2013 @ 7:43pm 
Originally posted by red:
Hello, I want to buy a new GPU and would like to know the experiences of you guys. For now, I intend to buy ATI Radeon HD 6850. Thank you.

Listen, you go with whatever card you like. More than likely, it will be just fine. Some random observations:

1) When I worked at Red Hat, they standardized on Nvidia. Everything...EVERYTHING had Nvidia inside. Desktops, Thinkpads, and Servers. Even the computers in the testing centers had Nvidia cards.

2) Of the six Thinkpads I've owned (included a w701ds now), three have had ATI graphics and three have had Nvidia graphics. All ran fine with CAD/CAM and other graphics-intensive stuff on RHEL and Fedora.

It's just a video card. Pick one. Go with it. If the card or drivers turn out to be awful, swap 'em out. Use it as a learning experience. :)
SXX Feb 4, 2013 @ 7:58pm 
Originally posted by red:
Hello, I want to buy a new GPU and would like to know the experiences of you guys.
If you want to support FOSS - buy AMD.
If you just want to play - buy nVidia.

I'm an AMD user and always will be, but it's my own decision.
AMD linux proprietary driver have really bad performance compared to Windows driver, so it's not the best for gamer.
OVER9K Feb 5, 2013 @ 2:54am 
Thanks for all the answers! My choice is because of the prices that nVidia cards have in Brazil, 30% more expensive than the equivalent AMD.
NA Feb 5, 2013 @ 7:06am 
Wow, 30% more expensive.. that's a lot.
Along the lines of what ShX was saying, by supporting AMD as a Linux gamer, your purchase will encourage them to develop better driver support. The more demand on Linux, the less they can refuse to listen.
I hope your new GPU works out!
arc| Gps Feb 5, 2013 @ 8:12am 
If you want to support opensource go for an AMD card.

The problem cuurently with amd though, is that it takes them to long to deliver a good driver.

My HD5750 works almost 100 % fine though.
johndrinkwater [🐧︀ 🎮] Feb 5, 2013 @ 9:16am 
Buy a recent chipset, a discrete card with 1GB+, prefer nvidia but AMD is fine too. Install non-FOSS drivers (sad to say, but its for feature support).
pxc Feb 5, 2013 @ 10:46am 
If you want playable games, get Nvidia, get Nvidia, get Nvidia.

When AMD announced the partial opening-up of their 2D register information to open-source graphics driver developers years ago, I made a promise to myself that the next card I purchased would be AMD. I deeply regret it. I'm not totally sure that the OpenGL performance of my new AMD card has caught up to that of my old Nvidia card (although the new 13.2 beta drivers finally render at least TF2 perfectly playable on max settings), and I'm definitely sure about the stability being considerably worse.

If you want to buy AMD graphics to support open source, do it for a laptop or low-power shoebox computer on which you don't intend to do much gaming, if any at all.
ToTeX_Baked Feb 5, 2013 @ 11:02am 
Originally posted by pxc:
If you want playable games, get Nvidia, get Nvidia, get Nvidia.

When AMD announced the partial opening-up of their 2D register information to open-source graphics driver developers years ago, I made a promise to myself that the next card I purchased would be AMD. I deeply regret it. I'm not totally sure that the OpenGL performance of my new AMD card has caught up to that of my old Nvidia card (although the new 13.2 beta drivers finally render at least TF2 perfectly playable on max settings), and I'm definitely sure about the stability being considerably worse.

If you want to buy AMD graphics to support open source, do it for a laptop or low-power shoebox computer on which you don't intend to do much gaming, if any at all.

i play all my games with only amd hardware which include all my steam games. wow, world of tanks, and much more. and i can tell you that i have no performance issues. and havent had them for many years with amd on linux.
Lord Monkex Mar 29, 2013 @ 1:33am 
Had AMD all my life but recently (=today) I switched sides and bought myself an NVidia card because of the following reasons:

- it seems Valve is favouring NVidia when it comes to linux gaming support (& steam box?)
- Nvidia knows linux is starting to grow / mature as a gaming platform and is capable to invest in the development of better linux drivers (unlike AMD and it's recent financial problems)...
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