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Re: Graphics card recommendation?




On Jun 10, 2009, at 6:50 AM, Clemens Eisserer wrote:

Hi,

If you can part with around $40 US, you can find nVidia Quadro FX 2000 cards
that will knock your socks off (yes, OVERKILL).
Depends, just because its called Quadro doesn't mean its fast.
Some of my collagues have Quadros which are identical to Geforce-6200,
barely capable of playing any games.

That's very true! The Quadro 4 series of cards are quite old at this point. That's why I was specific and did not generalize that ANY/ALL Quadro cards would be a good choice.

It also depends on whether the game uses or relies on OpenGL for rendering.

Other options would be an nVidia 'consumer' class card - GeForce FX 5200 (or
higher, like 6200, etc.) w/128MB or more RAM.
I can't recommend a 5200, its not even supported by latest drivers.

Short: If you like to play OpenGL games, go for a serious NVidia card.
If not, the radeon's will give you an excellent 2D experience, without
the fear of loosing official driver support.

I completely DISAGREE with the Radeon option. I have several Radeon cards getting dusty because they were so bad I couldn't even play Aisleriot SOLITAIRE ... Radeon HD3450 512MB, HD2400 Pro 512MB, x1300 256MB, x300 128MB ... not to mention the more sophisticated, 3D OpenGL TORCS 'game'.

I have used the built-in X11 drivers, I have used AMD/ATI proprietary drivers and the builds from RPMFUSION ...

I has been my documentable experience that Radeon cards lag behind nVidia cards on Fedora (core 9, 10 & 11 on x86_64 hardware, 3+GHz P4 HT, Dell GX280).

  Joe Kazura

- Clemens

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