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Thread: AMD Releases OpenGL 4.0 Drivers

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    AMD Releases OpenGL 4.0 Drivers

    AMD has released a preview (beta) of our OpenGL 4.0 drivers for ATI Radeon HD 5000 series. It also includes support for OpenGL 3.3 on ATI Radeon HD and ATI FirePro Graphics Adapters. More information (including links to drivers) here: http://links.amd.com/OpenGL

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    Re: AMD Releases OpenGL 4.0 Drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Alfonse Reinheart
    Well... that was unexpected.
    OTOH your style is somewhat predictable !

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    Re: AMD Releases OpenGL 4.0 Drivers

    For previous versions of OpenGL, it took them a good 3 months or so to have drivers out. So it's far from unreasonable to say that it is unexpected for them to have beta 3.3 and 4.0 drivers out in less than a month.

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    Re: AMD Releases OpenGL 4.0 Drivers

    I agree with "unexpected" but with a smile it would haven't kill anyone.

    We all noticed the increase of commitment by AMD during the past 1 or 2 years. They had work to catch up and this is a proof they fill up most of the gap.

    A personnal satisfaction point to me: the release of OpenGL 4.0 drivers before nVidia. Just that nVidia always has to say "We are first and so awesome". It might be true and I think it is but being humble is a nice attitude too. I would find a lot of person calling that "education". Look what it does: making people angry all the time like Alfonce.

    Nice work!

    Nice one, I like this playing someone else game and beat him.

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    Re: AMD Releases OpenGL 4.0 Drivers

    A personnal satisfaction point to me: the release of OpenGL 4.0 drivers before nVidia.
    To be fair though, it helps when you have 4.0 capable hardware actually out

    Anyway, I wasn't intending to be negative with regard to the release. Think of it as "cautiously optimistic."

    I do my main development on NVIDIA cards because of stable OpenGL support, but the current state of NVIDIA cards has had me looking towards ATI's offerings. I would probably already have had an HD 4xxx or 5xxx card if I could count more on ATI's OpenGL implementation.

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    Re: AMD Releases OpenGL 4.0 Drivers

    Regardless of your preference for OpenGL vendor, this is good news for OpenGL. For the viability of the only cross-platform 3D graphics API, both across OSes as well as across a wide range of devices (phones through workstations), we need implementations rapidly following spec releases.

    Plus, competition is good for all of you :-)

    Congratulations to AMD with their OpenGL 4 driver release.

    Barthold
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    Re: AMD Releases OpenGL 4.0 Drivers

    Very nice job AMD!

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    Re: AMD Releases OpenGL 4.0 Drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by barthold
    Plus, competition is good for all of you :-)
    I follow that! Beware because if you continue that way the Khronos Group is going to kill the competition ... with Direct3D!

    Ok ok, we are not there yet but I like to think that with all the good work you have been doing it might happen.
    Well, "I like" expect that I hope that Direct3D will remain to be a good competitor.

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    Re: AMD Releases OpenGL 4.0 Drivers

    Anyone with ideas/details about GL_AMD_conservative_depth ?

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