[osg-users] ATI driver quality?

Christian Schulte Christian.Schulte at onera.fr
Tue Apr 5 23:53:40 PDT 2011

Hi Chris,

we are using on our helicopter flight simulator build with osg 2.9.11 
the ATI Radeon HD5870 withh ATI Eyefinity 6 with 1 Go of DDR5 under 
Windows 7. I agree with J-S on the fact that the drivers are much more 
stable than before in concern of OpenGL. However the ATI Catalyst 
drivers are still heavy and some upgrades make the application crash due 
to incomplete or incorrect implementation of OpenGL 3. Many bug-fixes 
have been made by AMD/ATI but some problems still remain.
Let's say that once you have found a stable driver version, you should 
keep it as long as possible and only upgrade if you need some new 
In our case we took the ATI card for the Eyefinity technology (6 screens 
on the same card, and the possibility to rule up to 4 cards in a PC).
I don't know the quality of ATI drivers under Linux (I don't neither 
know which platform you want to use...), maybe some other people may be 
of any help for the Linux side.



Le 05/04/2011 20:07, Jean-Sébastien Guay a écrit :
> Hi Chris,
>>    I'm projecting to get a new development system in the next year or 
>> so, which means about
>> 6 months of planning before I buy something.
> Wow, you're a very cautious consumer! :-)
>>    I've been on Nvidia for the last few years, and have been mostly 
>> happy with the driver
>> support, but I'm looking toward ATI/AMD again because NVidia's OpenCL 
>> 64-bit FPU
>> performance is allegedly crippled in their latest consumer hardware, 
>> putting it in a
>> severe disadvantage against rival parts from AMD:
>> http://www.anandtech.com/show/2977/nvidia-s-geforce-gtx-480-and-gtx-470-6-months-late-was-it-worth-the-wait-/6 
> It may be useful to note that the GTX 480 and 470 are not the most 
> recent generation of GPUs from nVidia, there are now the 5xx series. 
> So the information in the above link may be outdated. Maybe it still 
> applies, but it's worth checking out.
> The other thing is if it's only slower for that particular feature, I 
> wouldn't call that a severe disadvantage. It all depends on what 
> you'll be doing with it. I have a GTX 470 at home, and it's very fast 
> (at least compared to my GTX 260 at work, it's much faster).
>>    My main concern with AMD/ATI is the poor quality of drivers I've 
>> experienced in past
>> years. I run Win7/64 right now. Can anyone weigh in on the recent 
>> quality of these drivers?
> I haven't directly used ATI cards lately. I have heard they've become 
> much better, but still lagging behind nVidia, mostly with respect to 
> OpenGL driver stability and performance. Perhaps someone here has used 
> recent-generation and comparable cards from both and can better answer 
> - that's pretty much the only way you'll be able to get that information.
> Hope this helps,
> J-S

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