Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 4860 from 2009/1/28
From: Delaware, USA
>Didn't that happen like 7 years ago?
Not on AGP systems, which were all we had back then.
If I'm not mistaken, they still don't have 3D for the R300 cards.
So we had parity up until the R200s. Maybe better, especially once our R200 drivers were fully optimized.
We dropped W3D support from the R300 up.
R400 drivers came pretty soon after the R300, since the R400 is pretty much just a doubled up R300.
R500 drivers took awhile longer (and by then we had support for one PCIe system, soon two).
And Mark, going beyond what he had to, created his part on his AGP G5 utilizing ATI's built in AtomBIOS, freeing us from the need to use cards equipped with Apple roms.
Since then, Mark has created basic 2D drivers for all ATI/AMD gpus up to the GGCN series . ALL Terascale gpus except the 69XX series (which would be kind of pointless, my benchmarks show them to e only marginally better than the 68XXs).
Frankly, while we could do better, I think we've done damned good. Well, mostly Mark has done damned good.
I know Mark reasonably well (for someone I've never met in person), and I have the utmost respect for him. I'm sure he's working on updating the latest 2D limited cards to 3D (after all, all the later 2D drivers were created using 3D commands - as AMD dropped 2D commands after the R500 series).
So Mark is no doubt is pretty familiar with later Terascale 3D commands.
And as I've said before, he has GCN cards.
I wish we could draw Han de Ruiter into this, he's good, but he is also deeply involved in OS4 development.
If we want an upgrade, in my opinion we ought to pay for it, if Frank Mariak, Mark Olsen, and Michal Wozniak are willing to accept a bounty.
"Never attribute to malice what can more readily explained by incompetence"