State of 3d video, which vendor has best support?

KlaymenDK jan+freebsd at
Tue Sep 9 09:53:59 UTC 2008

<quote who="John Nielsen">
> On Monday 08 September 2008, KlaymenDK wrote:
>> I'm about to build a new pc, the first in quite a few years. My problem
>> is that I can't find out if I should choose a 3D chipset from Intel, Ati,
>> or nVidia. What's the state of support, track record, and such for these
>> nowadays?
> This is becoming a FAQ. You should be able to find some good information
> in a couple of relatively recent threads.
> The nutshell summary (in my opinion, from memory) is this:
>  * nVidia support is good w/ the binary driver on i386.
>    Not available on amd64.
>  * ati support is great for hardware supported by radeon(4x).
>    The manpage has a pretty good list. Better support for fancier cards
>    ("hd", etc) is coming but not quite all the way there.
>  * intel support is very good. Not quite as many souped-up options but
>    modern onboard intel graphics are more than adequate for almost
>    anything, including many games.

That's excellent!

Believe you me, I've done rather a lot of googling, but it's tricky to
come up with the right mix of keywords to not be flooded with wrong results.

Thank you so very much! FYI, I will buy a (Sapphire?) Radeon HD3850, because
it has dual DVI out and *very* low idle power draw. I shall have to take my
chances with the "not quite all the way there" HD support.

:o) KlaymenDK
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