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Testing AMD's New FirePro Linux Driver With The FirePro V8750

Mar 24, 2010, 12:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Larabel)

"Earlier this month AMD rolled out a new workstation graphics card driver, which is effectively the same Catalyst driver used by the consumer-oriented Radeon graphics cards but with greater testing and certification for the ATI workstation offerings. The press release announcing this new driver was titled "Application Performance Increases By Up To 20 Percent with Latest ATI FirePro Graphics Driver," so we decided to see if this proprietary driver really lives up to its claims under Linux.

"Also stated in the AMD press release is that this newest FirePro graphics driver update adds support for stereo 3D and audio over DisplayPort. According to this press statement, the areas where the workstation 3D performance should be more than 20% faster are for CATIA, 3DS Max, and ProENGINEER, among others. The DisplayPort audio that works with the ATI FirePro graphics cards offering such connections will allow up to 5.1 Dolby Digital and 5.1 DTS surround sound along with 8-channel uncompressed audio. While not directly related to this effort, AMD has also announced they will begin issuing bi-monthly workstation driver updates for those notebook users with a mobile FirePro graphics processor."

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