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I've been wondering about this for a while and my usual resources don't seem to really know.

The base question is; which 3D card performs the best on Linux (any distro)?

But of course, the question is really two-fold;

1) What's the best bet, performance-wise, if I insist on using strictly open-source drivers with no closed firmware or anything of the sort?

2) If the best performance can only be acquired with closed-source drivers or/or closed firmware, what's the best bet?


I am flabbergasted by how difficult it is to get people to even tell me anything at all about this. I don't know how to ask this in a better way so I'm leaving it closed.

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closed as not constructive by Michael Mrozek Mar 18 '11 at 6:16

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This question is difficult because the hardware changes so rapidly. – mattdm Mar 18 '11 at 3:41
If you reformulate your question to fit this criteria, your question will be re-open. – Tshepang Mar 18 '11 at 7:52
@Helgi See these related answers. – phunehehe Mar 18 '11 at 15:00
I've tried to ask the question in a more general way here: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/9553/… – mattdm Mar 18 '11 at 15:23
phoronics gives great insight into this: phoronix.com/scan.php?page=category&item=Graphics%20Cards – Shinnok Mar 18 '11 at 15:42

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