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How do you deal with AMD drivers?

#1StarksPosted 12/3/2013 2:49:50 PM
First, a little history...

5200, 6600 GT, 9000 IGP, 555M, 7730M

This is my first time around with something that could be called a real AMD GPU and I have my reasons (Linux support, the rare Radeon offering from Dell, altcoin mining)

But I'm absolutely floored by how barebones the drivers are for Windows

Nothing cool like CUDA in addition to OpenCL, Physx (where's Bullet?), Geforce Experience (AMD Raptr/Gaming Evolved is horrible), or Shadowplay

On Linux, things are more complicated. The -radeon driver is nice and offers a compelling alternative to the Catalyst/fglrx driver. Nvidia has their awesome closed source, closed documentation driver but no useful Optimus support to speak of and the Nouveau driver is just awful.
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#2KabtheMentatPosted 12/3/2013 2:52:01 PM
Because of prices. I will gladly pay $100 or more less for a similar card even if it doesn't include Shadowplay, GeForce Experience, and/or PhysX.
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#3cuteboi100Posted 12/3/2013 2:52:46 PM
Biggest thing is frames/sec. And it does deliver in that department.
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#4LostHisHardcorePosted 12/3/2013 3:10:03 PM
I've never had a problem.

Well there was that one time I tried linux out but you know. Also, 6950, I see no reason to update to the latest as everything I'm playing now works fine (13.3)
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#5Treason686Posted 12/3/2013 3:11:24 PM
CUDA is developed by Nvidia, so it's exclusive to Nvidia.

Physx is owned by Nvidia. They're not going to give/license it to their competitor.

I don't know specific advantages to GeForce experience, but they're features I never use, so I haven't really looked into it.




So what do you mean by "deal with" drivers? CUDA is a combination of hardware and software, Physx is owned by Nvidia, and GeForce Experience is just fluff for certain gamers.

What actual issues are you having with the drivers, if any?
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#6TropicMoon10Posted 12/3/2013 3:11:41 PM
I just want to play games. AMD gets the job done for less and I'm fine with that.
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#7Starks(Topic Creator)Posted 12/3/2013 3:17:59 PM(edited)
Treason686 posted...
I don't know specific advantages to GeForce experience


If you have Nvidia graphics, Nvidia will tell you with a fair degree of accuracy how to set each game for that specific GPU

And then do it automagically
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#8godplaysSNESPosted 12/3/2013 3:22:06 PM
Biggest issue with AMD cards is that AMD ends their support so fast...Their DX10/10.1 cards have already stopped being supported, and Vista support is gone since 13.4
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#9electroflamePosted 12/3/2013 3:23:19 PM
From: Starks | #001
Q. How do you deal with AMD drivers?

A. You don't.
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#10MaxCHEATER64Posted 12/3/2013 3:23:56 PM
Never had a problem with AMD drivers before.
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