[Bf-committers] Blender and ATI

Ryan Showalter ryanshow at gmail.com
Wed Jun 15 09:01:13 CEST 2005

nVidia has much better linux driver support for their graphics cards
than ATI does.  Not to mention they also provide 64 bit versions of
their drivers.  I don't believe ATI has linux driver support for the
x86-64 arch but I could be wrong.  nVidia also excels at OpenGL
support.  If you'd like to tackle some ATI issues that people have
been having then you could go for ATI, but I believe a lot of those
issues were solved in the big frontbuffer cleanup Ton did a while

(Yes I'm biased but that's because I've been treated well by my
geForce cards in the past :)

On 6/14/05, Campbell Barton <cbarton at metavr.com> wrote:
> Hey Stephen
> I tried the recent (UI Installer) ATI Drivers for linux on my X800 and
> couldent get them to work, (Didnt recognize my card even though it was
> in the supported list in the error message that followed.) :P
> Who knows, mabe it would work well if that didnt stop me, but its the
> first release supporting Xfree 4.4 and Xorg - early days.
> I have an NV 6800 also and works nice in linux, NVidia have had linux
> drivers for a while now, and 64bit drivers too. as well as being better
> for OpenGL, Id say there better on linux too, Dual head/linux/nvidia
> also works very well.
> - Cam
> >Hi,
> >
> >I've just joined the mailing group so this is my first communication.
> >I'm in the process of building a PC/Workstation and right now trying
> >to decide between an nVidia or ATI GPU. I've read in various posts of
> >various issues regarding ATI cards due to their OpenGL driver support
> >(I'll be running 64bit Linux also), and your efforts to help rectify
> >these. I'm a software developer (mainly database applications) and
> >would like to get involved in helping out with this project. I'm also
> >looking to use the software to educate myself with 3D rendering etc.
> >As a result would you recommend one or the other of nVidia or ATI
> >(either a Radeon X800 XL or GeForce 6800 or similar)? I can possibly
> >help with the development of ATI driver support, but I'd want to be
> >using the software for rendering also (is there a big difference
> >between nVidia and ATI cards, as far as OpenGL is concerned, with
> >rendering in Blender on Linux?). From what I've read so far ATI seems
> >to have come a long way regarding Linux driver support, but I don't
> >know much about their OpenGL efforts compared to nVidia.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Stephen
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