[details=Offtopic about GPUs]I read AMD best performance comes from their proprietary drivers that I will have to use, and all gamers too. So basically there is not much difference from NVidia.
So the best thing in them providing open source help is for lower tier cards used in boring workstations (the ones used by equally lower tier employees, not the ones used by bosses :)), that can be endlessly improved until these old hardware completely fails.
If short in money, unfortunately the best target is the best quality and robustness affordable
I have also to consider physx and using the GPU as an additional CPU as I heard.[/details]
We are far off topic by now but…
nVidia is good for OpenGL development because it will take anything you can throw at it, driver updates rarely break your code, and their OpenGL support is top notch. (Their roots are ex-SGI guys, so…) You will save time in trouble-free development day-to-day (in general). And anecdotally, I find that my nVidia cards are willing to deal with some really weird non-optimal crap I throw at them “just to see”.
AMD is good for OpenGL testing because they randomly blow up if you step off the beaten path. It’s good that intel is around else AMD would still wear the “worst OpenGL drivers” crown. ATI was a joke in the OpenGL crowd for the longest time. AMD has done a lot to clean it up but some driver upgrade might still completely break your OpenGL app until the next upgrade.
I think if you deploy games then you will really need both ultimately… or at least lots of nice AMD users to help with issues.
Unfortunately yes, I’m also forced to use AMD’s proprietary drivers (couldn’t get open drivers to work at all with this ridiculously widescreen monitor), which kinda sucks, but I guess we can’t win em all. At least I supported the underdog? I also have AMD stuff here because it’s much easier to get VM VGA-passthrough working than with NV. I had made a bit of a hobby out of playing with that for awhile (JME took over that time slot now). Oh, and I was using some of them for crypto currency mining awhile back, but now I’m going even further off topic! Anybody want some dirt cheap 6970s? lol j/k
Some day I’m sure I’ll go green again, because yeah, their stuff is solid - but having 2 PCs already with R9 280x/290x, wife is going to be asking questions at this point.