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Old 12-12-10, 03:29 AM   #1
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Default New Desktop - Suggestions for a Nvidia card ?

Hi everyone. I'm upgrading my desktop computer and would like to ask your opinion on which
Nvidia video card you think best in terms of performance. Do you think that is it better a "old" 8500 GT PCI-E rather than a GT 210/210/240 PCI-E which is more recent ? I think it might be. Since i saw a review at phoronix about a 8500 GT or a 9500 having better performance than a new 240 GT... and of course i mean with their proprietary drivers installed. Thats whats all about when i mean performance, as the open source driver can't compete with the proprietary one, for now... at least in 3D acceleration.

...anyway, so this is my setup:

processor : amd-athlon-ii-x4-640-3.0ghz
motherboard : gigabyte-880ga-ud3h.am3.880g.4ddr3.16g.gblan

Here I could buy a 8500/9500 for some 40-50 € but a 240 GT would cost around 85 €. Do you think that the drivers for newer cards are working as good as drivers for older cards ? Do any of you have Nvidia, and can advise/comment about your personal experiences ? Thanks a lot !
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Old 12-12-10, 05:11 AM   #2
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9600GT/8800GT will fit your budget perfectly and they are better than anything you've mentioned.
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Old 12-12-10, 05:15 AM   #3
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Have a look at http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/show...ght=qvdpautest
The vdpau mixer runs on the gl pipeline. Compare "MIXER TEMPORAL_SPATIAL + IVTC (1920x1080)" results.
You can also have a look at the Unigine thread.
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Old 12-12-10, 06:22 AM   #4
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A GT 240 is definitely NOT slower than a 9500 GT or even 8500 GT. It is a lot faster, especially in the DDR5 variants.

The GT 240 is a nice card and has very low power consumption. The same goes for the GT 220, which should be a little bit faster than the GT 9500.

8xxx/9xxx are G80 generation (very old), don't buy these!
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A GT 240 is definitely NOT slower than a 9500 GT or even 8500 GT. It is a lot faster, especially in the DDR5 variants.

The GT 240 is a nice card and has very low power consumption. The same goes for the GT 220, which should be a little bit faster than the GT 9500.

8xxx/9xxx are G80 generation (very old), don't buy these!
Hi. I suppose that you have a GT240. Are you happy with it ? Are there any issues with the 240 GT's driver that you might have and that you could comment on it ? At the beginning, this was my first choice, then i read about the 8500 and 9500 working on Linux and it seamed a "safer" choice. Sorry if my English isn't too clear.
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Old 12-12-10, 10:28 AM   #6
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I have a GT 240 w/ DDR5 RAM and I'm very happy with it. In demanding OpenGL applications it's a night and day difference compared to the old 8600 GT I used before (which isn't exactly surprising, given its specifications). Power consumption is on the same level.

There are no particular problems with current drivers.
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Old 12-12-10, 10:56 AM   #7
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I run a gtx260 on my pc with linux, various brands , but mostly Ubuntu. cant beat it for the money
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Old 12-12-10, 12:04 PM   #8
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For 80(95 Euros) you can pick up a GTS250 and it's quiet a lot more powerful than a 9600GT or a GT240.
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Old 12-12-10, 12:16 PM   #9
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The GTS 250 might be more powerful, but it's also very (!) power hungry and based on old tech from 2006. It's not actually based on the GT200 architecture, it's just a renamed 9800 GTX.
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The GTS 250 might be more powerful, but it's also very (!) power hungry and based on old tech from 2006. It's not actually based on the GT200 architecture, it's just a renamed 9800 GTX.
Doesn't matter really and it does run a lot cooler than my old 9600GT and very quiet. Also, the GT240 has a 128bit memory interface.
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Old 12-12-10, 01:06 PM   #11
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That's just your opinion. I'd say that most users are interested in more than pure gaming performance nowadays. (Also, the GT 240 has memory bandwidth comparable to the GTS 250 in the DDR5 variant)
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Old 12-12-10, 01:15 PM   #12
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Well, if you want to weak gaming card then go for it but it's Linux we're talking about here and there is nothing to even tax a 9600GT.

57 for a GT240 1Gb is not bad I suppose but the GDDR5 version still don't beat a 9600GT or an old 8800GT.
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