In less than three weeks it will have been a year since ATI
Technologies had added it's Radeon X1000 family (R500) support to their
Linux binary drivers. When that support was finally added it came about
six months after the hardware was actually introduced to the public
accompanied by the Windows Catalyst drivers. Even with this six months
time that developers had to work on the Linux package, the fglrx v8.24.8
driver (the version that had introduced R500 support) resulted in ATI's
flagship GPU series facing a miserable beating by NVIDIA's 7800GTX and
even the GeForce 6800GT.
However, a year later and what will be twelve
driver releases with R500 support, how does the performance now compare?
In this article we will be comparing several R500 parts to see how the
performance stacks up using the latest driver. Learn more at Phoronix.