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Re: Diff btw GeForce4 and RIVA TNT2?

Hugo Vanwoerkom <hvw59601@yahoo.com> writes:

> The monitors are samsungs 17" but the cards are
> different: one is a RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 and
> the other a GeForce4 MX 440 AGP 8x.
> I notice no difference between the 2 other than that I
> paid $25 more for the MX440. 

The last time I bought a video card, I bought an MX440 on the grounds
that the packaging claimed it was strictly superior to the other card
I bought, and even though it was $20 more expensive there was a $20
rebate too.  :-)

> I would like to see the difference between the two
> with some application: but I am a no-gamer nurd.
> Anybody know of an app/game that would show clearly
> what the difference between these 2 cards is?

Anything that does 3-D rendering.  tuxracer is fun and
straightforward.  You also might look at the plugins in the
xscreensaver-gl package, and run something like
'/usr/lib/xscreensaver/gears -fps' to get a frame rate from each.  To
do these usefully, though, you'll need kernel support for your video
card, which for the NVidia card will involve a non-free driver; make
sure that, when you run 'glxinfo', it says "direct rendering: Yes"
towards the beginning of its output.

David Maze         dmaze@debian.org      http://people.debian.org/~dmaze/
"Theoretical politics is interesting.  Politicking should be illegal."
	-- Abra Mitchell

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