Re: Linux gamers with Matrox cards, speak up please!
On Wed, Oct 06, 2004 at 09:02:53AM +0200, Andrea Vettorello wrote:
> On Wed, 6 Oct 2004 00:33:54 -0600, Dave Thayer
> <email@example.com> wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 04, 2004 at 11:03:35AM +0800, Paolo Alexis Falcone wrote:
> > > On Sun, 03 Oct 2004 19:30:38 -0700, Paul Johnson
> > > <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > [...]
> > > > Alex Nordstrom <alexander.nordstromDONT_CC_ME@tpg.com.au> writes:
> > [...]
> > > > > Now, I'm not sure how well Matrox meets the requirements of the OP in
> > > > > terms of price and 3D game performance. They seem, however, not to be
> > > > > quite as intent on being altogether evil as ATI and Nvidia, and they
> > > > > should be great fun if you like triple-head setups, but I do believe
> > > > > you pay for it as well. This is not based on first-hand experience, but
> > > > > I am seriously considering them for whenever I decide to put together
> > > > > some new hardware. (Not much of a gamer here, though.)
> > > >
> > > > So can we hear from Matrox users about their experiences?
> > > > Particularly, from Linux gamers?
> > >
> > > Well, I'm using a very old Matrox Millenium II PCI card, and as far as
> > > 3D is concerned - it's a no go. Not so sure with the newer ones
> > > although I haven't seen Matrox cards claiming that they have OpenGL
> > > support on their cards' boxes.
> > >
> > > Price-wise - expensive, but the cards output good quality video for
> > > multiple screens.
> > I'm no gamer (got a playstation for that) but while my Matrox MGA 550 which
> > does have 3D drivers, the performance is nothing to write home about. I get
> > a max of about 403 FPS on glxgears on an AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2500+. Tuxracer
> > is playable -- barely.
> > Matrox is known for their high quality 2D, but for gaming you probably want
> > to look elsewhere.
> I've a Radeon 9000 (RV250) and using the default Debian DRI driver i
> get 1985 FPS on glxgears with little tweaks (added a couple of line on
> the XF86Config-4). On the plus side is fanless.
D'oh! After sending my previous post I got to thinking that my 3D
performance should be better so I ran glxinfo and saw that DRI wasn't
working. Turns out that I didn't have xlibmesa-dri installed. Now I'm
getting a peak 1511 FPS (avg in 900s) glxgears, and tuxracer runs pretty
I still don't think I should be rushing out to buy Doom 3, though.
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