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tuxinside
September 19th, 2008, 02:19 AM
I'm building a new PC. I'm trying to decide between the HD 4850 and the 8800 GT. I'll be running a Q6600 CPU on a 64 bit Linux OS with 4GB of ram. I need to know which is most compatible with Linux? I'd like to be able to play WoW under wine if possible. I'd also like decent 2D support as well.

Any answers from those who are currently using either of these cards would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

tuxinside
September 19th, 2008, 08:44 AM
Noone has any advice?

zgornel
September 19th, 2008, 10:21 AM
ati 4850 because it is a newer generation and it is also faster.

liquidfunk
September 19th, 2008, 10:24 AM
I'd go with the 8800GT, 1. Because I prefer Nvidia and 2. Because I know that it is supported on Linux.

Casper Hansen
September 19th, 2008, 10:41 AM
Would 9800 GT be an option?

talz13
September 20th, 2008, 06:50 PM
I also want to know about this, a 9800GT goes for about $110 after rebate, 8800GT is ~$100 after rebate, and the 4850 is ~$140 after rebate. I usually prefer nvidia cards due to driver support,but with the 4850 being considerably better than the [89]800GT, $30 or $40 isn't that much more.

How has ati's driver support come along lately?

syms
September 20th, 2008, 07:07 PM
as i know 8800 gt linux drivers just suck, ull probably have more problems with 8800 gt than with 4850. but keep on mind that both cards have bad compatibility with linux.

syms
September 20th, 2008, 07:09 PM
and i should say that u should be careful. new hardware are not working good with linux, they have bad compatibility. some people have big problems with dual core cpus, because linux dont starts if you dont disable second core, so be more careful.

markbuntu
September 21st, 2008, 05:05 AM
The 4850 is not supported by the restricted ati driver from the hardy repo which is 8.3 or 8.4 I think but the ati drivers 8.7 and above do support it and work just fine in hardy. The ati proprietary drivers for Intrepid are not working yet but are promised to be so soon. The open source radeon driver is not working on Intrepid 64 bit either yet but works in Intrepid 32 bit.

Release notes for 8.9

https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206/0/www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/catalyst_89_linux.html

Release notes for 8.8

https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206/0/www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/catalyst_88_linux.html

Release notes for 8.7

https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206/0/www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/catalyst_87_linux.html

Release Notes for 8.6

https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206/0/www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/catalyst_86_linux.html

If you get a 4850, be sure to follow this guide, method 2 for installing the driver from ati:

http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu_Hardy_Installation_Guide

elgilicious
September 21st, 2008, 05:02 PM
I have two 4850s in Crossfire, and I've read on Tom's Hardware that such a configuration is the best value right now. If you can only afford one card, then get the 4850 and install a fan controller program to keep it cool. I think it's worth it to get two, though, if you play a lot of games.

Casper Hansen
September 24th, 2008, 05:02 PM
and i should say that u should be careful. new hardware are not working good with linux, they have bad compatibility. some people have big problems with dual core cpus, because linux dont starts if you dont disable second core, so be more careful.

Don't you mean GPUs? Because there's no problems with dual core CPUs...