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Re: Video card suggestion

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Ron Johnson wrote:
| On 02/10/08 17:45, KS wrote:
|> Hi all,
|> I am planning on assembling an AMD based system. I noticed that most of
|> the motherboards that I am looking at (socket AM2 or AM2+) do not
|> onboard video card. That isn't a problem as I will put a dedicated video
|> card in there. But I'm a bit confused as to which brand to go for:
|> Nvidia or ATI.
|> I have had a 5700LE Nvidia card(AGP) and it has been working great with
|> it's proprietary drivers (and nv driver also). I got it almost 2years
|> ago. How has the graphics cards scene changed since then? Does ATI based
|> cards support 3D acceleration and are as easily recognized as Nvidia
|> cards?
| They've opened their specs, but good 3D video drivers take time to
| write.  Maybe in two years I'll get an ATI card, but maybe then
| again maybe I'll buy another NVIDIA, in recognition that they put
| their money where their mouth was at a time when most h/w OEMs
| wouldn't give FLOSS projects the time of day...
|>        The ones that looked attractive (price wise) are:
|> ATI:
|> ASUS EAH2600XT/HTDP/256M Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI
|> Express x16
|> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121082
|> SAPPHIRE 100220L Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB 128-bit GDDR4 PCI Express x16
|> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102708
|> MSI RX2600XT-T2D512EZ Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI
Express x16
|> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127298
|> as opposed to - Nvidia:
|> XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT XXX 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16
|> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150229
|> MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI
Express x16
|> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127284
|> XFX PVT84GUDF3 GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16
|> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150228
| Unless you are doing *serious* 3D work, Linux just does *not* need
| leading-edge video.
| I purchased a fanless PCI-e ASUS EN7200GS card with 256MB (maybe
| 128MB) RAM from NewEgg, and am very happy with it.

ive been using nvidia cards on all my computers with linux over the last
~ 4 years with good luck. (proprietary driver) Tried an ATI card a couple
years ago and wound up putting it my sons windows box, as I couldnt get
it to work properly with 3d on suse was what I was using at the time.
but that was a couple years ago.  I use the ati proprietary driver on my
laptop now, and have decent performance with it.  I believe the general
consensus is on all the lists I subscribe to is that nvidia is generally
more advanced at this point, but ati is slowly coming around.  If it
were me, id stick with nvidia for now, good luck.

- --
Steve Reilly


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