Video Cards

Nathan England nathan at
Mon Mar 4 16:35:46 MST 2013

Hello All,

I'm looking to incite a flame war. I was under the impression that the ATI 
graphics driver that is open-sourced was being developed by the community, not 
directly by AMD. Is it true that AMD is developing the driver itself? 

I want to buy a new video card that is capable of playing a few games I like 
to kill time with, probably in windows until Steam gets some more linux stuff, 
but I also want good support in my KDE environment.

I have always stuck with Intel because it has awesome support in Linux... Now 
I need to choose between nVidia and AMD. Because of many comments and support 
for AMD I recently purchased a new AMD machine that I intend to use for my 
development server, but until I replace my workstation, I am using it for 
that. It has an AMD graphics built in Radeon HD 6530D. I have been pleasantly 
surprised by this card using the open source driver, but I'm wondering how it 
would work with the proprietary driver, and I'm a little scared to attempt to 
install it.

If you were going to buy a new card today (sub-$100) what would you buy and 
why? I value your opinions, which are also more current than what Google is 

I appreciate your thoughts!

Nathan England

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