Re: AMD Catalyst 11.9 Driver Is Now Available
That's too bad!
My experience: Quite good!
I have a fairly old and low budget card: Radeon HD 4300.
The last time I checked the proprietary driver it was unusable (very, very slow, especially with dragging windows).
Now it has definitely got better: No more artefacts and just slightly jerky window movement while dragging them.
Comparison between the open source and proprietary drivers:
Open source: Overall good, quick window movement but slow scrolling of the Gnome application menu.
Proprietary: Overall good, somewhat jerky window movement when they are dragged but it is fast and smooth when using the activities switch. Also scrolling through the application menu is now very smooth.
Open source: No noticeable artefacts at runtime, but heavily corrupted screen for a second at login after boot and resume. Also a little invisible horizontal line is drawn over the Gnome 3 application menu. Graphical boot is shown. When starting a WINE program the screen flickers for a while.
Proprietary: No noticeable artefacts at runtime (edit:with some programs (Pidgin) there are some artefacts when using the notification area and it is quite annoying but no deal breaker for now), but somewhat corrupted screen for a second only after resume from suspend. No invisible lines. No graphical boot any more. WINE programs start without any flickering.
Open source: Suspend works (but occasionally all graphical functions stop functioning after resume). Hibernate doesn't work because it can't wake up properly.
Proprietary: Suspend and hibernate both work (couldn't check it thoroughly for errors). The Catalyst Control Center follows the settings of the Gnome Configuration Panel (i.e. display settings). This is quite nice but at first can be a little confusing. Of course the proprietary driver gives one much more control over the cards settings and configuration.
To sum it up: It's pretty good and I am satisfied! Performance could be a little better when one drags a screen around the screen but overall it's good!
Last edited by Dutchy; 1st October 2011 at 10:26 AM.
Reason: artefacts notification area