Christopher M. Jones on 13 Sep 2008 15:04:44 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Want Video Card Recommendation

Wisdom is to stick with nVidia. Their cards -are- better supported, the 
ATI drivers are generally considered way inferior to the proprietary 
nVidia drivers.

And if you ever get interested in running something like Linux MCE, then 
you'll -have- to have nVidia to get the gl support.

You might also want GL for those cool desktop effects, like the rotating 
cube in compiz.

Anyway, I used a 5200 FX for ages. Still do, in my 'work' machine. My 
myth box runs an 8600GT, and I've been nothing but happy.

Casey Bralla wrote:
> I'm looking for a recommendation for a new video card.
> I'm not a gamer, so don't need anything close to bleeding edge.  I want to be 
> able to have groovy GL screen savers, but other than that, I can stay 2D.
> I've got an old nVidia card, which has worked fine with the closed source 
> nVidia drivers, but is broken for 1.5.  (The most recent nVidia drivers 
> support x 1.5, but my card is not supported by the latest drivers.)   In the 
> meantime, I'm using the open source "nv" drivers, which are pretty poor.
> I'm thinking of doing 2 things:
> 1.  Nothing.  Wait for nVidia to back-port Xorg 1.5 compatibility to the older 
> cards.
> 2a.  Buy a new, low cost nVidia-based card
> 2b.  Buy a new, low cost ATI-based card
> I've heard that ATI is aggressively supporting open source, which is very 
> nice.  However, my experience is that ATI has better "promise" than actual 
> performance.  nVidia, on the other hand, has been very poor with open source, 
> but their proprietary drivers are excellent.
> Anybody have any suggestions?
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