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Old 05-30-03, 07:04 AM   #1
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Default best geforce fx card for linux?

i was thinking of buying a geforce fx card for my linux box. I was considering the asus gf fx 5600 w/tv/dvi box. now i suspect there are not any drivers for the video in part. But i was wondering if anyone had any experience with this card and linux and whether it was a good choice or not. I will be using it on a dual boot machine so i will use the other unsupported features in windows. Also if anyone has a geforce fx card that works well with linux i would love to hear about it. I would rather find out ahead of time whether or not the card is supported well or not. I helped someone set up a geforce 4 ti 4600 a while back and had some problems with support of non-frame buffer mode on a specific brand of card. So shoot me an email if you know something about this card or know a card that works well.

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Old 05-31-03, 11:20 AM   #2
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I was using a gforce4 ti4200 and just upgraded to a Chaintech 5600FX. Had no issues. I do not game on Linux box though.
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Old 05-31-03, 11:54 AM   #3
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I tried one of these with linux and found a few things ..

1. The FX 5600 seems to be slower in 3d games than the TI 4200, as the FX architechture doesn't do 2 textures per clock. Although the speed difference isn't all that great.

2. In some games with the 43.63 drivers, the FX 5600 seemed to have extremely blurry textures compared to the TI cards. It's probably something that will be fixed in future driver versions.
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Old 05-31-03, 11:57 AM   #4
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in addition to the above, I've found that turning on Anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing seem to be much faster with the FX than the TI cards.

I'd be really tempted to wait for the slower FX 5900 cards, and see how much those cost.
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Old 05-31-03, 02:08 PM   #5
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Someone else posted a while back, too, that the FX5200 was slower than the GeForce3 Ti500 cards. You're not looking at one of those, so maybe it's not that much of a problem.

Don't know about the video in, for video in, it's often a better idea to get a separate PCI card and use it instead. For example, the ATI TV Wonder VE is a pretty good card (I've got it myself) -- it uses the bttv driver, since it's a BT878 chipset, and you can keep it installed across video card upgrades, so you don't have to keep paying for the video in hardware. But it's your choice, in the end -- this TV Wonder VE card works for me.
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