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Why do you like your Graphics Card ?

Postby jjmac » Fri Jul 15, 2005 11:08 am

Gotta get a decent graphics card ... but don't know really what to get (grin).

So i thought i might draw on some LXF experiance.

My existing setup so far is an ...
Athlon64 S939 3000+ with an Asus A8V-D board using the via K8T800Pro and via VT8237 chipsets and 1Gb of Geil. as dual 500Mb modules. Running deb.

Trying to decide on something around the 128Mb range, 3D capable. But it doesnt have to be fasted card around. Something mid-range, that will play a dvd properly and wont make me look like to much of a dork to my nephew (8y) (grin)

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RE: Why do you like your Graphics Card ?

Postby Nobber » Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:02 pm

Can't go wrong with NVIDIA - their drivers are pretty solid. Only drawback is that they're not open source. Unfortunately, X11, decent 3D acceleration and open source don't seem to mix. :(
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RE: Why do you like your Graphics Card ?

Postby towy71 » Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:28 pm

what he said ;-)
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RE: Why do you like your Graphics Card ?

Postby mugstar » Fri Jul 15, 2005 1:59 pm

Pretty much. Set a maximum amount to spend, then buy the best NVIDIA card you can get for the money.
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RE: Why do you like your Graphics Card ?

Postby bigbee » Fri Jul 15, 2005 2:54 pm

I have a nvidia card and must say installation under suse went veryyyy smooth! Although installation on other distro's isn't that hard either...
If I was you, I would buy the best NVIDIA card I could afford (and that is compatible with my hardware ofcourse ;-) )
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RE: Why do you like your Graphics Card ?

Postby Flea » Fri Jul 15, 2005 3:25 pm

lol pretty unanimous isn't it. :D You can add my vote to an NVIDIA card.

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RE: Why do you like your Graphics Card ?

Postby Gordon » Fri Jul 15, 2005 6:32 pm

Get the best nVidia based card you can afford and get the Linux drivers from nVidia.com
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RE: Why do you like your Graphics Card ?

Postby Rhakios » Fri Jul 15, 2005 6:33 pm

I think NVIDIA cards are quite good, has anyone mentioned that? <insert innocent smiley here>
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Postby 1slipperyfish » Fri Jul 15, 2005 6:45 pm

what about NVIDIA cards :? are they any good or what :?:
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Postby A-Wing » Fri Jul 15, 2005 9:27 pm

1slipperyfish (troll) wrote:what about NVIDIA cards :? are they any good or what :?:
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Get an ATI, try getting it working in Linux, cry a bit, then you will get the picture :)
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Postby dapo » Fri Jul 15, 2005 11:52 pm

I would suggest a card that has been around for a few months, so that NVIDIA have incorporated support into their driver. If you are shopping in the sensible price range, I would expect all of the cards to be supported.
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Postby jjmac » Sat Jul 16, 2005 11:00 am

hmmmmm, ok, thanks for all that. I think i get the drift :D

Nvidia it shall be, i actually feel a bad in a way too, to even think it (grin)

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Get an ATI, try getting it working in Linux, cry a bit, then you will get the picture :)
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Some one must be a mind reader :).

Amongst Nvidia chipsets, is there much variance between the different vendors. I expect there would, board layout and cooling strategies would have some significance.

Ive been looking at linuxquestions.org lately ... and going over some of their reviews, which can be quite good, but tend to boil down to ... it either worked or it didn't, or it ... was recognised or it wasn't ... not much more detail than that. I'm wondering, does passive cooling actually work. It's cold over in Aus at the moment, but, when summer comes ... look out !, mega humid and mega hot.

Aside from memory, cooling, and layout, i guess the rest would involve ... what can be plugged into it, hmmm, i'll spend the next few weeks probing into Nvidia based cards i think. There are some markets on in town tomorrow, so i'll go and do some pricing there. I gotta get one of those mini PS/2 dust proff keyboards they have ... at $15, a bargain :).

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I would suggest a card that has been around for a few months, so that NVIDIA have incorporated support into their driver.
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Yes, a good suggestion.


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Postby nordle » Sat Jul 16, 2005 3:49 pm

Is performance an issue? For example, some of the nvidia 6000GT offer very good value for money, but some have no active cooling which may be a real advantage

eg
Leadtek Winfast Geforce 6600GT 128MB Ddr3 AGP Dvi-i Tv-out Retail £120
http://tinyurl.com/92f9p

OR the slightly slower, but still pretty quick, silent
Gigabyte GV-N66256DP 6600 256MB Silent pipe AGP £90
http://tinyurl.com/8vqut

Dont know if anyone else thinks that these are not good anymore etc Or if there is better value to be had elsewhere etc
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Postby jjmac » Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:29 am

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Is performance an issue?
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Not necessarily, somewhere midway i guess. Not on a gaming crew level anyway (grin). I will be giving myself some time there, so it should workout. If it can play StarTrek dvds', as such, i'll be happy. I think cooling is though. Over here it gets quite humid during summer. Which tends to work against things. I can remember you mentioning Leadtek Winfast Geforce before, so i will take note of that.

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some of the nvidia 6000GT offer very good value
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nvidia cirtainly is a popular chipset, Thanks for all that, will note :)



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