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ATI Radeon 9250, should I buy?

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I am planning on buying ATI Radeon 9250 or 9250SE for some time now, and will probably do it this week. However, I am getting mixed opinions about this. Lately, a few people I talked to advised me not to buy ATI because it sucks on GNU/Linux. However, I checked to which series does 9250 belong and it is R200 for which there are stable working Free Software drivers.

In addition, some people, like a_thing here, are using a 9xxx ATI card with R200 drivers succesfully (well, he can play Nexuiz apparently Eye ).

So I am left wondering maybe these guys who recommended against ATI simply haven't tried the free drivers yet and have only ran newer cards with proprietary drivers (which suck as I hear) which is why they feel so bad about ATI.

Something tells me Radeon 9250, if it is R200, should work just fine with free R200 drivers. And the card has specs which are powerful enough for my needs while in a price range I can afford at this point. With this card I can finally put to use my other monitor (the primary will be connected to ATI and the second monitor to the onboard plug), use some cool 3D applications like Celestia and of course play an occassional cool 3D game without a hitch. This would also be the first video card that I bought ever. I was always on onboard chips.

So, what do you think? Does anyone have this card? How does it work? What is your advice?

Thank you very much

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might even go for an R300

I've heard some success with AIGLX and R300s, but then again R200s are cheaper.

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So you'd recommend getting

So you'd recommend getting R200? That's what 9250 apparently is.

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what is R200? I'm planning

what is R200? I'm planning on buying a ATI X1800XT but i've never bought an ATI before. Is it better if i buy nvidia?

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r200 and r300

R200 and R300 are just chipsets. Models that have them:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R200#Models
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R300#Models

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So ATI 9250 is actually

So ATI 9250 is actually RV280. I think that the R200 drivers cover all R2xx and similar cards, right? If not then I suppose this one wont work out. :\

Hmm maybe I could then have better luck with R300, but that's still beta..

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I'm planning on going to

I'm planning on going to town today or tomorrow so I'd like to get this decided soon.. I'm thinking of getting a cheaper R300 card afterall simply because if R300 drivers are improving they may soon be working well, and since 9250 is already by some standards old it could be a better investment to just get a better card, even if I pay slightly more for it..

I'm not sure really... I see here that these cards should work:

* 9600
* X700-X850 (AGP)
* X300-X850 (PCI-E)
* X700 mobility (PCI-E)

So I'm thinking maybe I should get 9600 or X700-X850.

What would anyone advise?

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