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Re: Videocard

On Sat, 29 Jan 2011 23:53:26 +0100
Jean-Yves Migeon <> wrote:

> On 29.01.2011 21:59, Dima Veselov wrote:
> > Hi!
> > 
> > I wish to buy a new dual-head videocard for my NetBSD installation
> > and wish to know what chipset is best practice for using on NetBSD
> > 5.1/amd64 and NetBSD-current. The main purpose is mplayer and simple
> > terminal windows.
> > 
> > Does anybody have an experience to share?
> > 
> > Thanks in advance.
> I would advise against recentish Evergreen (ATI Radeon 58xx-59xx) chips.
> Performance in 2D is abysmal under, but that does not seem to be
> NetBSD's specific (tested under Ubuntu months ago, and symptoms were the
> same): full screen videos on a core i7 is about 1-2 frames/s, and flash
> emulation simply does not work (Youtube's videos can't be played, plain
> and simple). No DRI, last time I checked.
> Perhaps NVidia cards would fare better with nv(4), but I did not test
> recent ones.

I wouldnt recommend nvidia cards until we have nouveau(4), as nvidia stopped
developing and supporting nv(4).

maybe the best is a not-so-modern radeon, supported by readeonhd(4) ?

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