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Have the ATI Drivers improved any? Are they any better than the default open source driver? Are they worth enabling?

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The answer is hardware dependent. Not all ATI are supported equally by both drivers. Which graphic card do you have?. – Javier Rivera Oct 27 '10 at 6:45
Also, please define "better" and what you think would make it worth enabling – Cry Havok Oct 27 '10 at 8:11
Not sure "better" is debatable. 2D/3D improved performance, power requirements, etc can all be addressed by an answer. – Oli Oct 27 '10 at 10:00
@Oli - yes, but knowing which of those is the most important will help people answer the question – Cry Havok Oct 27 '10 at 12:28
It's built into my HP Pavilion dv6, does that help any? and will it mess up the boot logo like the Nvidia drivers? if so, is there a fix to that? – Grayson Oct 27 '10 at 19:08

Have the ATI Drivers improved any?

  • Yes, quite a bit. But not enough.

Are they any better than the default open source driver?

  • They offer better performance, power management. But they also contain more errors and are less likely to be improved in short intervals of time.

Are they worth enabling?

  • If you're unhappy with graphics performance, cetrainly. If you are quite happy with the current situation, you wouldn't gain anything from enabling them. But you would potentially expose yourself to a few new bugs and errors.

They have improved a lot. And there is not big disadvantage to enabling them. But if you are happy without them, save yourself some potential trouble.

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There's really no reason not to try, though. Enable them, if you get some annoying bug just disable them. – Malabarba Oct 27 '10 at 12:58

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