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Re: video card ?

Kaare Hviid <ukh@id.cbs.dk> writes:

> If I want to have a good card with fully non-proprietary drivers, what
> should I go for?  I don't mind absence of 3D-accelleration, TV-out,
> dual head, or the obligatory cardboard box with vicious aliens on it.
> But I _do_ mind choosing a state of the art card that the XFree86
> drivers only support 2D on, knowing that the jet engine mounted on the
> card is only cooling things that I will never be able to use.
> Especially since that same jet engine generally needs to be replaced
> every 6 months.  Back in the old days, a safe choice used to be the
> Matrox Millenium, but today even the lowly Matrox G550 requires a binary
> IA32 HAL driver - and that at the price that DGA won't work.  And even
> though I can live without 3D, I'd really like some 2D performance - at
> least an order of magnitude better than the cheap built-in Intel
> Extreme Sluggishness found in too many boxes today.
>     Today, I'm using the Radeon 9800 that came with my Athlon 64 box.
> No 3D, no TV-out, no TV-tuner support - but with one of those jet
> engines.  So, is there anything out there running smoothly on AMD64
> without power drain and without noise pollution?

I have a Radeon 9200, which has 2D and 3D support from free drivers.
It has no active cooling.


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