Re: New computer planned
Am Montag, 20. Februar 2012 schrieb Andrei POPESCU:
> On Lu, 20 feb 12, 14:19:36, Sian Mountbatten wrote:
> > My desktop computer is nearly 7 years old and I'm thinking that a
> > new computer using some of the hardware improvements would be a good
> > thing.
> > So I'm going to ask my friendly computer consultant, who is only
> > downstairs from me, to build me a computer with hardware 3d
> > acceleration, solid-state drive, 8Gb RAM. What else should I ask for
> > and what works with Linux? He's going to give me a list of the
> > hardware he is going to install, so I can check Linux compatibility.
> > Although I am not a gamer, I would like to run tuxracer which really
> > needs 3d acceleration to work. Any suggestions will be welcome.
> First decision: proprietary drivers or not
> For proprietary I'd chose nVidia cards over ATI anytime. While I can't
> comment on the driver itself, the packaging for nvidia over fglrx in
> Debian is superior (several generations supported, pre-built modules
> for stable, backports, responsive maintainers, etc.).
> If you definitely don't want to use proprietary drivers you can also
> consider Intel cards (or even built-in), since I expect the
> performance of either nVidia or ATI cards with the free drivers to be
> comparable with Intel.
> OTOH I doubt tuxracer has very high 3d performance requirements.
Extreme Tuxracer plays nicely here in Full HD on Intel Sandybridge as well
as Supertuxkart - the later except some sudden stuttering for a few
seconds every now and then the last time I played it, but that seems to be
a driver issue and might be fixed meanwhile.
When deciding to go with Intel and its not that important to buy the new
computer now, it might even be worthwhile to wait for 2 to 3 months in
order to buy a computer with the new Ivybridge. It has even faster
internal graphics. From the raw CPU speed there should not be that much of
a difference between the two architectures as far as I read. Using
Ivybridge will require new kernel and driver versions, but even for
Sandybridge Debian Squeeze is too old unless backported X.org, Kernel and
Mesa drivers in suitable versions exist. Kernel 3.2 is backported, I am
not sure about the other ones.
Martin 'Helios' Steigerwald - http://www.Lichtvoll.de
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