[Wine] Buying a graphics card for Wine: ATI vs nVidia

Austin English austinenglish at gmail.com
Thu May 28 14:28:29 CDT 2009

On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 2:17 PM, Gert van den Berg <wine-users at mohag.net> wrote:
> I know that nVidia cards are working quite well with Wine. Do thay
> experience many problems? (I saw quite a few issues caused be certain
> driver version being discussed on the list recently)

There's always problems compared to windows. But nvidia is much better.

> How well is ATI cards working for older games? I know that the first
> response here seem to be "get a nVidia", but that seem to be the
> general response for Intel cards as well, which is working fine,
> although really slow for me.

Get an nvidia :-).

ATI may work for older stuff, but the drivers are crap.

> I would prefer to buy ATI to reward them for releasing the specs
> needed for open-source drivers (And, under Windows, a few cards seem
> to be really good value), but only if their cards are at least usable.
> (I would probably be using fglrx and not the open-source drivers...) I
> know that their drivers are not as good as nVidia's, but are they
> actually usable for most things? If you have an ATI card, ehich card
> do you have and what works / does not work on it?

While I agree with wanting to show support for ATI for releasing the
specs, you've got another decision to make. Do you want results now,
or in a few years when the drivers may or may not have caught up?

> PS: Would Max's DIB engine patches help for Red Alert 2's performance issues?

If it's using DIB's, probably. Try it and see.


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