"In less than three weeks it will have been a year since ATI
Technologies had added it's Radeon X1000 family (R500) support to
their Linux binary drivers. When that support was finally added it
came about six months after the hardware was actually introduced to
the public accompanied by the Windows Catalyst drivers. Even with
this six months time that developers had to work on the Linux
package, the fglrx v8.24.8 driver (the version that had introduced
R500 support) resulted in ATI's flagship GPU series facing a
miserable beating by NVIDIA's 7800GTX and even the GeForce 6800GT.
However, a year later and what will be twelve driver releases with
R500 support, how does the performance now compare? In this article
we will be comparing several R500 parts to see how the performance
stacks up using the latest driver..."
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