ATI Radeon 9800 PRO

Got my new video card today. Finally. It works A-OK! Sapphire (ATI) Radeon 9800 PRO. I’m pretty happy with it.

Getting it going in Gentoo was pretty easy.

emerge -C nvidia-kernel
emerge -C nvidia-glx
opengl-update xfree
emerge ati-drivers
opengl-update ati

That will create an XF86Config-4 file for the card. I said “no” to using the internal AGP, opting to use the kernel’s instead. agpgart and the nvidia_agp interface were built as modules. In /etc/modules/autoload.d I load nvidia_agp and fglrx at boot time.

America’s Army is raising hell in Linux though. I’ll play SF_Hospital for about a minute and then the screen will become corrupt. Pretty nasty. But I can play it just fine in Windows.. I guess ATI’s Linux drivers really do suck.

perry@slappy perry $ fgl_glxgears
2828 frames in 5.0 seconds = 565.600 FPS
3131 frames in 5.0 seconds = 626.200 FPS
3118 frames in 5.0 seconds = 623.600 FPS
Broken pipe
perry@slappy perry $ glxgears
18862 frames in 5.0 seconds = 3772.400 FPS
22871 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4574.200 FPS
22861 frames in 5.0 seconds = 4572.200 FPS
Broken pipe

And I got in the mid 14,000 range on 3DMark 2001SE. Didn’t try 2003.

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