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AMD's Radeon R9 290X Review 212 212

Billly Gates writes "AMD may have trouble in their CPU department with Intel having superior fabrication plants. However, in the graphics market with GPU chips AMD is doing well. AMD earned a very rare Elite reward from Tomshardware as the fastest GPU available with its fastest r9 for as little as $550 each. NVidia has its top end GPU cards going for $1,000 as it had little competition to worry about. Maximum PC also included some benchmarks and crowned ATI as the fastest and best value card available. AMD/ATI also has introduced MANTLE Api for lower level access than DirectX which is cross platform. This may turn into a very important API as AMD/ATI have their GPUs in the next generation Sony and Xbox consoles as well with a large marketshare for game developers to target"
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AMD's Radeon R9 290X Review

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  • Re:ATI drivers (Score:4, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Sunday October 27, 2013 @07:48PM (#45254475) Journal

    I installed fresh ATI graphics drivers today. 90MB for a driver. .Net 4.5 needed to be installed. GTFO.

    As much as I find 'Catalyst Control Center' to be totally fucking useless, and would be pleased by a 'just the damn driver, the OS already has interfaces for changing monitor resolution and whatnot' edition, isn't using relevant vendor APIs for your application, rather than rolling your own or using real antiques, sort of what you are encouraged to do?

    Its existence is obnoxious; but it would hardly be the better for depending on an older .NET version, or QT, or some braindead AMD custom nonsense, would it?

  • by pspahn (1175617) on Sunday October 27, 2013 @07:57PM (#45254531)

    I've always had the notion that if you just wait a year, you can get yesterday's models for a great price and instead play the games that now have been out long enough to be properly patched. This has the bonus effect of weeding out a lot of crap games.

  • Re:ATI drivers (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bored (40072) on Sunday October 27, 2013 @08:50PM (#45254867)

    Its more than that by the time the package decompresses.

    Just some data points from a single machine.

    C:\NVIDIA folder
    V197 (~2010) 85M
    V320 (~2013) 182M

    The vast majority of it appears to be the control panel, and the physx package.

    The display driver is just a few megs by comparison. If you skim off the hd audio/nv stereo/cuda/opencl/GL libraries you probably could get the whole shebang in under 10MB, and you could still play directX games.

    I've been killing the nview and services for years. Never had a problem with the machine, but it always bothers me that they have a bunch of crap running that doesn't actually appear to do anything.

    After all the once or twice a year I actually manipulate my monitor settings I am fully capable of finding my way into the windows display control panel and adjusting things there of opening the control panel from the actual control panel.

    Its quite possible I'm not getting the absolute best performance playing games, but frankly I would much rather adjust settings from within the games than have nvidia overriding the game settings.

  • Re: ATI drivers (Score:5, Insightful)

    by 0123456 (636235) on Sunday October 27, 2013 @09:05PM (#45254943)

    When Windows breaks, it's because I installed an update that went horribly wrong.

    When Linux breaks, it's because I installed an update that went horribly wrong.

  • Re:ATI drivers (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 27, 2013 @11:02PM (#45255607)
    At least the Nvidia driver works reliably. That's worth a few megs.

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