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AMD's OverDrive and CrossFire Come To Linux 82

Posted by timothy
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twljagflba writes "Since last year AMD has made ATI increasingly Linux friendly by releasing 3D programming guides and helping out the open-source community. At the same time they have been continuing to develop their binary Catalyst driver for the Linux platform and most recently they delivered same-day support for their new graphics cards. Today though they have released the Catalyst 8.8 Linux driver that adds two very important features: CrossFire and OverDrive support for Linux. Linux users are now able to use CrossFire to split the rendering workload between multiple GPUs and they're also able to overclock their graphics cards now using the binary-only driver. Phoronix has a complete run-down on both features — including benchmarks — in their AMD OverDrive on Linux and ATI Radeon CrossFire On Linux articles. Other features were also introduced in this update such as Linux 2.6.26 kernel support, Adaptive Anti-Aliasing, and other fixes."
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AMD's OverDrive and CrossFire Come To Linux

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  • Re:Awesome! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by edlinfan (1131341) on Wednesday August 20, 2008 @03:23PM (#24679205)

    Y'know, games aren't the only things that benefit from powerful video acceleration. I use my linux box for 3d modeling -- if I had crossfire-compliant cards, you can bet I would be downloading this software right now.

  • And on Windows? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by MBCook (132727) <foobarsoft@foobarsoft.com> on Wednesday August 20, 2008 @03:26PM (#24679263) Homepage

    I've got to say I'm disappointed they don't provide Crossfire numbers for the same hardware on Windows. It's nice that Crossfire can improve things in some situations and some games that are supported under Linux, but I'd like to know the relative benefit.

    That is, when going to Crossfire do both Windows and Linux gain 40 FPS? Or do they both go up 60%? Or does Windows go up by 70% to 100 FPS where Linux only goes up 40% to 80 FPS?

    How close are they? That's what I'd like to know.

    I also find the "we had no problems except for some segfaults during Quake Wars, and they say that will be fixed in a month or two with the next version" a little worrying. A problem with a driver is a game looking off, or having slow frame rates. Segfaulting the system is not a problem, it's a BIG PROBLEM.

  • Re:Nice (Score:2, Insightful)

    by larry bagina (561269) on Wednesday August 20, 2008 @03:35PM (#24679463) Journal
    It's funny, isn't it... all the GPL/GNU zealots talk shit about Freedom, but it's the BSD folks that quietly have the principles.
  • Re:Nice (Score:4, Insightful)

    by neuro88 (674248) on Wednesday August 20, 2008 @04:01PM (#24679991)

    It's funny, isn't it... all the GPL/GNU zealots talk shit about Freedom, but it's the BSD folks that quietly have the principles.

    What? You're saying this because there are no proprietary radeon drivers for BSD? What about the closed source nvidia drivers? There aren't any proprietary radeon drivers for BSD, because AMD/ATI feel BSD doesn't have enough users to be important, not because of the principles of the BSD folks.

  • Re:Second choice (Score:3, Insightful)

    by LWATCDR (28044) on Wednesday August 20, 2008 @05:53PM (#24682083) Homepage Journal

    You are so out of date.
    ATI has made great progress and is not working with the FOSS community to produce "Free" drivers that will make even the biggest FOSS fan happy.
    I used to stick with Nvidia because of their Linux support. My next box is probably going to have ATI all the way.

  • Re:Nice (Score:3, Insightful)

    by fostware (551290) on Wednesday August 20, 2008 @11:43PM (#24685241) Homepage
    Yeah, and look who's principled code accounts for a metric truckload of commercial code.

    Windows 2000's TCP stack became reliable once they inserted large chunks of BSD code to get things done. And all BSD gets back is FUD.

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