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Graphics maker hopes to gain more ground over NVIDIA

AMD followed up its earlier announcement of long awaited netbook Fusion CPUs with the official launch of its Radeon HD 6000 mobility series of GPUs.  AMD, who recently seized the discrete GPU sales crown from NVIDIA, hopes to advance in this market long dominated by its competitor, almost a year after its first release of DirectX 11 mobile GPUs

The Radeon HD 6000M series targets several tiers.  The 64xx M models will target the mid-range, the 65xx-66xx M will target the higher mid-range, and the 68xx-69xx M will find their way into expensive gaming/enthusiast laptops.

Much like many other players in the graphics and entertainment industry, AMD is touting the wonders of 3D technology, which it is offering in a mobile package for the first time.  AMD's HD3D will work with those goofy stereo television glasses.  AMD will be publishing APIs for use by advertisers, game designers, and whoever else wants to jump on the 3D bandwagon.

For those less interested in 3D, they may still be happy to know that AMD employs and exclusive acceleration technology for the popular DivX video, which NVIDIA does not provide.

AMD's second generation DirectX 11 mobile GPUs also provide architectural refinements over the previous 5000 M series and support EyeFinity, AMD's technology that can drive up to six separate displays, all from a laptop.

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The day I will switch...
By greylica on 1/5/2011 7:31:05 AM , Rating: -1
When AMD releases a decent driver or then a free one that is just usefull for Linux, I will look again at their side. For 3D rendering, their processor is great, not because is the fastest but because it's reliable for long tasks without a hiccup. Ok for them if they have the ''fastest GPU'' with ''more memory'' and ''bunch of monitors'' but their lack of simplicity for Linux Oses and a line in their driver stating ''You cannot convert the software (driver)to a format that's human understandable'' are things unnaceptable. Even my computer doesn't understand their drivers when I tried to use it in *Linux flavors.
Nvidia, in the other side, has OpenGL 4.1, and are at least letting users write their own drivers for Ge Force cards without lot's of idiot pressure, let loose...
I'm not waiting for them anymore, after lot's of tests I decided to gave up, I'm all free Nvidia Stuff that simply works...

RE: The day I will switch...
By JPForums on 1/5/2011 9:50:45 AM , Rating: 2
When AMD releases a decent driver or then a free one that is just usefull for Linux

I can only assume you mean open source as I've never had to pay for an ATI driver in my life.
As far as open source drivers go, both ATi and nVidia have stable 2D accelleration and a lack of stable 3D acceleration in linux.

As I recall, ATi was the first to support open source development of their drivers. They didn't open source their code for reasons that may or may not match their public statement, but they did dump a lot of documentation on the open source community. I haven't kept up with it in a while, but I don't know that nVidia has even done that yet.
Nvidia, ... , are at least letting users write their own drivers for Ge Force cards without lot's of idiot pressure

I'm not sure what you mean by "idiot pressure". Clearly similar progress is being made on ATi and nVidia opensource drivers despite "idiot pressure". That said, it does seem that the ATi opensource drivers are a little slow to support newer GPUs. Perhaps this could be the effect of "idiot pressure". Of course, given that I've only tried the opensource driver on one Fermi based GPU (which was ironically unstable), the nVidia opensource drivers may have the same sluggishness.

As far as proprietary drivers go, nVidia definitely has a driver that is more refined and easier to install. That said, my recent history with proprietary drivers shows that Ati has improved and that nVidia is not without fault.

GTX460 - 3D Rendering issues and random lockups in Unbuntu 10.04 when using any OpenGL application. Tried multiple drivers without resolution. Even had lockups with the open source driver outside of OpenGL applications. Works fine under Windows 7 (verified by Furmark and over a month of error-less folding)

HD4850/HD4870 - Slightly more involved to get up and running under CentOS 5.5, but haven't had an issue yet. Pretty straight forward under Ubuntu 9.04. Open source driver is good enough that I forgot I hadn't installed the proprietary driver until I tried to fire up an OpenGL app.

GTX260(216sp)/GTX275 - Easy install and no issues under any of Ubuntu 10.04, RHEL 5.2, and FreeBSD 8.1. Haven't really tried the open source driver on these cards.

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