Today I installed the new AMD/ATI drivers. It is still a bit buggy bug comes along with performance improvements.
The main reason to try the new AMD/ATI driver was for me to test if the OpenGL implementation works for a program I have. The good news is that the program didn’t crash like it did with the old driver or the X.Org driver. The bad news is that the OpenGL display part of the program just went white and didn’t show anything. But I hope that this is a bug which is fixed within the next version. I’m also looking forward to test the new Mesa 7.0 since that might fix some OpenGL problems of my current X.Org drivers. But that would also mean to upgrade several of my packages, and in that case I could also just update to a Fedora 8 test version.
Besides the new OpenGL implementation of the driver I also checked the performance of the drivers – “check” means that I run
fgl_glxgears (a program delivered together with the proprietary AMD/ATI driver) and compared the results with the ones I had in former times. Here are the results:
|Simple AMD/ATI driver benchmarks [FPS]|
|Test Program||X.Org driver||old AMD/ATI driver||new (8.41.7) AMD/ATI driver|
Of course these information hardly count as real benchmarking, but it gives a first impression, and with an improvement of 50% the impression is quite clear. And that’s all I need atm.
If anyone is interested, the card is a ATI RV350 Radeon 9600 Mobility running on a Intel Pentium M (Centrino) 1.8 GHz and the machine runs Fedora 7.
The last thing missing now is that I need to figure out how to center tables here in WordPress without customizing my css file…